I just reread 6 Degrees, along with this report and just looking out the window is sobering and deeply troubling. The human capacity to handle stress like the soil’s capacity to hold water has its limits, the result will be run-off. The human tides will strain any cultural or actual structures we put in place to hold them, direct them, or limit them. I was a commercial fisherman years ago and worked with Dickie Phippen, He used to tap the barometer and grimace on days we were the only boat out (winter lobstering in the Gulf of Maine). “Looks like nobody else wants to enjoy this fine weather, Benjoy,” he’d say. I knew to hang on then.

Writer, walker, poet, educator. Commercial fisherman, builder, donut maker, organic grower. Boston, U. City, Maine, South Africa, Madrid.

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