I know that it may sound to readers of my blog that my life revolves around the Warren County PCB history, around issues that relate to landfills and waste management, around uranium and justice, and in many ways it does. So, I would not be at all surprised if some readers may be wondering if perhaps I might need to “get a life,” as the saying goes.
Yet, I have a life alright. It is both simple and complicated. It is idyllic and jaded by politics; it is full of treasures such as my children and grandson, my family and friends, my teaching, writing, music, harmonica playing, and painting (when I can make time). It is also filled with the pleasures I derive from the serenity of my surroundings, from witnessing the raw beauty of a butterfly alighting on a chlorophyll-green leaf or of a blue heron gliding on our dappled, sunlit pond.
My life, it’s true, is also full of the burdens I carry, of the weight of the knowledge I have gained over the past thirty-five years, knowledge concerning the dangers of invisible poisons, of toxins and radioactivity, of leaking landfills and uranium mining contamination, of manipulated science, of the policies of double-speak, of treacheries of political power, and of the responsibility I feel to try to protect the environment and public health of future generations.
My life is filled with the economic challenges I face as a divorced woman in her sixties who put her life into raising and home schooling her children and into her work as an environmental activist and who did not store up treasures in a bank account or retirement program.
Still, I am well aware that a rich life involves both the good and the bad, the mundane and the important, the easy and the difficult, the joyous and the sad, the hopeful and the hopeless of times. Mostly, however, no matter my circumstances, I have learned to keep a positive and affirmative attitude, and as I write this blog, I will continue to try to share the sometimes awful truth (as I see it) with a serious yet light and forgiving heart and through the lens of an eternal optimist.