What I’m Thinking

Post Labor Day Blues

That was fast. As unusual as it was, the summer of 2020 seemed to pass quickly. And just like it does almost every year, the transition from summer southwesterlies and hazy warm conditions has given way to the windy swings of early September and lower sun angles and...

Congratulations, Town of Orleans

I don’t go to many gatherings these days, but on Tuesday I made an exception to attend a happy event--the groundbreaking for the Orleans municipal wastewater system. Decades in the making and a testament to the perseverance, and thick skin, of some dedicated and...

An APCC Update

This crisp morning marks the start of meteorological fall. I know it’s not even Labor Day yet and many warm and summer-like days lie ahead, but much of this summer like no other has passed. For me, it is still too early to have fully sorted out what to make of this...

Dry Run

This primary season has proven to be a bit of a dry run in elections preparation as the nation looks forward to the general election in November. The Massachusetts primary is in two weeks; many of our members from other states have already conducted their primaries....

Don’t Look the Other Way

Once again, I started out to write one thing and am now writing another. I had intended to point out that during our beautiful weekend we were under an air quality alert. Driven by the heat and southwesterly winds from the industrial Midwest and auto emissions, we had...

Stay Engaged

Ok, I’ll admit it, I am a little worn down by the world. Obviously, Covid has made life harder, much more for some of us than others for sure, and we each have our own family/life/work challenges to face. But there is more to all this, and for me it’s the backdrop of...

Time to Stop & Think

“There's something happening here What it is ain't exactly clear” – Buffalo Springfield There is a lot going on, and if it feels like the sand is shifting beneath your feet, it is. The changes driven by the pandemic response have touched everyone and have altered...

More Good News

The voters of Orleans turned out in high numbers to purchase and protect more valuable open space and to approve an additional $12 million to fully fund higher than expected construction costs for their wastewater program. Conservation land purchases are always a...

Celebrating the Positive

At our weekly staff meeting I asked for thoughts on what to write about today. It was suggested that I try focusing on some good things that are happening instead of pulling my flamethrower out of the closet yet again. While not my usual, I decided to try it and give...