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Natural Beauty for Its Own Sake   Leave a comment

Above:  Sunset, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, August 16, 2018

Image in the Public Domain

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I am a former news junkie because of events of the last few years.  I choose to be a good person who checks the news occasionally then unplugs rather than one who is perpetually angry.  Trust me, O reader, I have an effective internal editor.  Alone, muttering under my breath, I know how to string together a string of profanities after hearing or reading a news story.  Then I catch myself and regret what I have done.  Therefore I resolve to do better.  This entails avoiding temptation, i.e., the news, most of the time.

Ugliness–literal and otherwise–surrounds us.  I stand in awe of the beauty of nature then notice that someone has dumped garbage.  I pick up some garbage in my neighborhood, but there is always more of it later in the day.  Sometimes I contact the local government about large garbage (such as appliances and a couch) in or near the woods.  Certain local government officials know my name quite well, and are responsive, fortunately.  Much of the content of the Internet is not decent.  Comments sections of websites are notorious for functioning as vehicles of the worst of human nature.  If anyone thinks that come recent elections have been unusually nasty, I point to certain campaign rhetoric of the 1800s, namely in the presidential elections of 1800, 1828, and 1884.  Or one might read Richard Ben Cramer‘s devastating What It Takes, with its memorable final sentence, about the presidential election of 1988.  But yes, I do recall 2015 and 2016 as being worse than what came immediately previously.

I cannot take the ugliness away, but I can choose to offer beauty instead.  So, with this post, I share my most recent photograph, from Saturday evening.  Beauty surrounds us.  If we dare to take the time to notice it, we will benefit greatly.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 18, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ADOLPHUS NELSON, SWEDISH-AMERICAN LUTHERAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF JOHANN FRANCK, HEINRICH HELD, AND SIMON DACH, GERMAN LUTHERAN HYMN WRITERS

THE FEAST OF RICHARD MASSIE, HYMN TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM BINGHAM TAPPAN, U.S. CONGREGATIONALIST MINISTER, POET, AND HYMN WRITER

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Litter in the Woods   Leave a comment

Above:  Evidence of Dumping, May 14, 2018

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I am blessed in many ways, including the proximity of my domicile to the Middle Oconee River–in particular, the area near Ben Burton Park, near where a historic dam used to be.  The area offers wonderful places to walk.

Unfortunately, I see litter, small, medium, and large out there too.  Regularly I set out for a walk with a pair of gloves and a 30-gallon trash bag, fill up the bag, and leave it in a dumpster.  I find this garbage in my neighborhood, before I cross into a clearing and into a second section of woods, north of Ben Burton Park.

Yesterday evening I went for a walk toward where the dam had been.  I returned with mud on my shoes, socks, and blue jeans (there had been rain for the previous two days) as well as recyclable items in two hands.  I found the litter in the woods–a beer can here, two plastic cups in other places, a Snapple bottle, and an old bottle of Mello Yello with some of the product still in it.  I washed the items in the my kitchen sink and deposited them into my recycling bin.

I am glad I could be a good steward of the planet, but I wish that certain other people would do the same.

By the way, I have reported the oven to the local government.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 17, 2018 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF THOMAS BRADBURY CHANDLER, ANGLICAN PRIEST; HIS SON-IN-LAW, JOHN HENRY HOBART, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF NEW YORK; AND HIS GRANDSON, WILLIAM HOBART HARE, APOSTLE TO THE SIOUX AND EPISCOPAL MISSIONARY BISHOP OF NIOBRARA THEN SOUTH DAKOTA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CATERINA VOLPICELLI, FOUNDRESS OF THE SERVANTS OF THE SACRED HEART; SAINT LUDOVICO DA CASORIA, FOUNDER OF THE GRAY FRIARS OF CHARITY AND COFOUNDER OF THE GRAY SISTERS OF SAINT ELIZABETH; AND SAINT GIULIA SALZANO, FOUNDRESS OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE CATECHETICAL SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART

THE FEAST OF CHARLES HAMILTON HOUSTON AND THURGOOD MARSHALL, ATTORNEYS AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

THE FEAST OF DONALD COGGAN, ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

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Littering, Dumping, and Generally Manifesting Disrespect   Leave a comment

Above:  My Certificate for Being the Athens-Clarke County Keepin’ It Clean Citizen of the Year for 2017

Photographer = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Sometimes I can (and do) offer explanations without understanding a topic.  The reason for this is the inherent irrationality of human beings.

Consider, O reader, littering and dumping.  Routinely I clean areas in and near my neighborhood.  After all, I am partially responsible for my neighborhood, by virtue of my residence.  I do not want to live in a junky neighborhood.  I also accept my responsibility as a steward of the earth–my neighborhood, in particular.  I understand that the combination of selfishness, ignorance, and apathy explains littering and dumping, especially in places where one does not live.  Yet I know of a portion of the back end of my apartment complex where residents must be the ones leaving litter in the woods.  I am not surprised when I find litter at and near my front door, which faces the street; people driving or walking by litter and the wind blows the trash here and there.  That cannot be the case in the back of the complex, however.  Perhaps children are oblivious to what they are doing.  Maybe parents are too distracted.  I do not know.  I do know, however, that there is a person whose job includes picking up that trash, and that I clean up around my apartment complex too.  I might surmise that selfishness might incline one not to litter in one’s own neighborhood, but I would be wrong in many cases.

I know what I see.  I offer explanations based on human psychology.  I do not understand, however, for the behavior I am attempting to grasp is irrational.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 21, 2018 COMMON ERA

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Posted April 21, 2018 by neatnik2009 in Dumping and Littering

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Dumping Trash in the Woods   1 comment

Above:  A Mockery of a Den, February 18, 2018

Photograph by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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I enjoy walking in the woods.  Even more I enjoy walking in the woods without seeing garbage in them.

Last Sunday afternoon I went for a walk in the woods near my home.  I took a trail–a back route–to Ben Burton Park, part of the site of the former Tallassee Shoals Hydroelectric Facility, on the Middle Oconee River, in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.  Immediately adjacent to the cul-de-sac, where I embarked on the trail, I saw the mockery of a den.

Above:  The View from the Cul-de-Sac

After my walk, I returned home, retrieved my digital camera, and took these photographs, which I shared with the Solid Waste Department and my local government commissioner.  The commissioner’s prompt and determined response was encouraging.  He has suggested some strategies the local government can implement to deal with this problem of continuous dumping.

I hope for the best.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 COMMON ERA

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