"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

"The birds they sang at the break of day
Start again, I heard them say
Don't dwell on what has passed away
or what has yet to be...

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"

Friday, October 17, 2008

Life on the Faultline

Life on the Faultline
Originally uploaded by musicmuse_ca
It is 19 years today since the Loma Prieta Earthquake in Santa Cruz. I remember standing in a parking lot, watching the earth roll like an ocean wave beneath my feet. We all walked around seasick for days afterwards.

We live here clinging to the edge of a great continental plate and overlooking one of the deepest underwater canyons in the world in the Monterey Bay. The beauty that surrounds us comes at a great price. In the natural world, there are the annual fires, followed by the winter rains and floods and mudslides. Summer brings drought conditions tempered by the cooling fog off of the Bay.

Our houses are built on rocky outcrops, up on stilts, sitting on top of shifting sands. We can't seem to get close enough to the ocean. We all want to live as close as possible to the tide pools and the wilderness that lie just beneath the water's edge.

We do whatever it takes to make it work....

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