A forum to initiate the organization of various stakeholders in Northern Virginia around issues of concern to farmers and foodies, to develop goals and objectives for research and action on these issues and to support legislation that will further advance the policies inspired by these activities.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax
2709 Hunter Mill Rd.
Oakton, VA 22124
Less than a block from my house wound a small urban stream. On its bank, beyond where West Vernon Drive takes a right turn to make way for the stream -- becoming Brookside Road -- there was a small stand of bushes, which had a surprisingly roomy hiding place behind it. As a child entering this place, you would instantly become aware of the delightful trees -- each perfectly placed -- to form "rooms" in this small natural structure, and to shade the entire structure from the sun. One of the trees was particularly climbable. Next to this tree was the top of a shallow wall that descended into the creek valley, to a cement platform. Walking down hill, around the wall to the platform, you would see the mouth of a storm-water pipe coming from the wall, and draining into the stream.
You could dangle your feet over the wall, and watch the water flow down the crick from east to west, left to right. If there had been any rain, water would trickle, and sometimes rush out of the storm-drain below your feet and across the platform, into a four foot long tributary that led into the stream.
I commend it to everyone!
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"CLOSE THE GUNSHOW LOOPHOLE - ACT NOW " -- it demands ,in bold white and red, from the top of the right hand margin.
"This loophole," it whines, "has resulted in countless shootings, including those at Columbine and the recent shooting of Pentagon police officers."
"Countless shootings?" Countlessness has a count, apparently: a click will route one to a page where "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" (MAIG) professes that 30% of illegally trafficked guns are "connected" to gun shows -- a statistic we supposedly should keep in mind as we solemnly commemorate Columbine and Virginia Tech. ."
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