Making Time to be Alone
Soup Night at the Library, Oct. 22
BLM Economic Contribution Increase in Fiscal Year 2018
History Tidbits: Big Horse Sale for Sherman Co.
Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do
1. Making Time to be Alone
When was the last time you really spent quality time . . . with yourself? We’re not talking about the few seconds that pass between getting in the car and turning on the ignition before you flip on the radio, or the time it takes to download an app for the smartphone.
A word you don’t hear much these days is “solitude.” Maybe that is because it isn’t experienced much. You know, if you put prisoners in solitary confinement, they either go a little crazy, or they use the time to grow. Most of them go a little crazy because they are just not used to being alone. Humans are social beings. Too much solitude feels more like a punishment. However, some solitude is essential if we are really going to grow.
Our lives can easily get busy and noisy. Others surround us at work, at home and just about everywhere else, but it is solitude we need for really deep thinking. It might be one reason carpooling hasn’t worked very well, because solitary driving time is precious to so many of us. It may be why many busy people, who can afford it, hire others to drive them around because their time alone in the car is rare and invaluable, especially if you have to negotiate a lot of traffic. And noise-cancelling headphones aren’t just for trying to sleep while flying.
Some therapists believe that one reason people make so much headway in therapy is because it provides built-in time and structure to focus attention inward. This type of solitude time is not being selfish. Used properly, it can be a time of great renewal and growth.
So, if you want to really move ahead, take time every so often to be alone. Rediscover solitude. Build it into your schedule to make sure it happens. Use it to think about where you are and where you want to go. Use it to problem solve, reflect, and re-connect with your heart’s desires. And use it to handle the challenges you meet nearly every day. ~The Pacific Institute
2. Soup Night at the Library, Oct. 22
Tuesday, October 22 at 6pm
Part of the One Book One Community Read
Join Maggie Stuckey for a discussion about her best selling book “Soup Night: Recipes for creating community around a pot of soup” and enjoy dinner on us. Soup’s on!
“Throughout history, the sharing of food has been accorded significance far beyond simple sustenance. It is a way for enemies to acknowledge detente, for acquaintances to deepen their friendships, and for those in the uncertain middle to demonstrate the possibility of peace.
In all cultures and all religions, noteworthy moments are celebrated with food. In our country, we use food to symbolize celebration, or caring. When a friend is sick or home with a brand-new baby, we bring food so she doesn’t have to cook. When a family is gathered for a funeral, we bring food to console the grieving. When a new neighbor moves in, or a new colleague starts work, we bring food to break the ice.
Food honors achievements, soothes hurt feelings, and welcomes newcomers.”
3. BLM Economic Contribution Increase in Fiscal Year 2018
New report highlights significant economic gains for America from public lands
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today an increase in the number of jobs supported through BLM activities in fiscal year 2018 as well as the total output for the American economy. Socioeconomic figures in a newly-released report highlight a 9% increase over Fiscal Year 2017.
The report, entitled “The BLM: A Sound Investment for America 2019,” was released today and can be found here. It indicates that in 2018, BLM activities on public lands supported approximately 471,000 full- and part-time jobs, up from 468,000 jobs in 2017. Additionally, these activities resulted in $105 billion in total economic output, a sharp increase from $95.6 billion in 2017.
“The BLM remains committed to the sustainable development of America’s energy and natural resources,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Casey Hammond. “These numbers indicate that we are achieving those objectives, while increasing revenues to the United States Treasury and benefitting families across the nation.”
“America’s public lands are a key driver of the nation’s economy, particularly in states across the West. The jobs and communities these lands support are vital to millions of Americans, and the Bureau of Land Management is proud to make sure economic activities continue in a sustainable, environmentally-sound manner,” said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs William Perry Pendley.
A primary contributor to the economic uptick was the production of energy and natural resources on BLM-managed lands, many of which saw dramatic increases in 2018. In fiscal year 2018, the BLM offered nearly 13 million acres for leasing. Federal onshore oil production increased to 214.1 million barrels of oil during fiscal year 2018, compared to 174 million barrels in fiscal year 2017, due to the BLM’s implementation of energy priorities. New renewable energy projects were also initiated. Other areas, such as grazing and timber production experienced significant increases as well.
Outdoor recreation is also a significant source of jobs and revenue for local communities from public lands, generating more than $6.8 billion in total economic output in fiscal year 2018. Public lands managed by the BLM offer more recreational opportunities than lands managed by any other Federal agency, with over 99% available for recreation with no fee. In fiscal year 2018, BLM lands received nearly 68 million recreation-related visits.
4. History Tidbits: Big Horse Sale for Sherman Co.
Geo. N. Crosfield, of Wasco, Sherman county, Ore., has bills out announcing the greatest auction sale of horses ever held in Sherman county. Mr. Crosfield will act as his own auctioneer and will have upwards of 100 horses to sell. The largest consigner will be A.D. Richelderfer, of Wasco, who will have 35 head in the sale. Mr. Crosfield will have a consignment of his own and already has some 21 or 22 other small consigners and all good stock. The entire list will contain geldings, brood mares, from three to eight years and weigh from 1200 to 1750 pounds. There will be some very choice match teams. Sale starts Friday morning, June 12, at 10 a.m. sharp, and will continue Saturday morning. It will be held at the old Sink place, three miles northwest of Wasco. For further information write or phone Mr. Crosfield at Wasco, Oregon. ~Hood River Glacier, June 4, 1914.
5. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do