Happy Holidays from the Duffys
Sea Tree © Ken Duffy 2006
Colorful sea-life festooning a gaudy gorgonia, pink as a plastic Christmas tree, topped by a writhing sea-star. It's this year's version of my annual tweaking of holiday-card conventions. You can't buy it in 20-packs at Hallmart.
Our mailing list for the home-printed paper cards I produce is kind of long, and the associated environmental costs kept coming to mind as I trimmed, folded and inscribed them in my little Santa's workshop in the kitchen. Inside, the cards read "Sea You in the New Year!" and in teeny-tiny type "(You were expecting something deep?)" - seaside silliness for our friends and relations. On the card for my right-wing aunt, I gave her something a little deeper, a pitch to watch "An Inconvenient Truth," with Al Gore. "Set politics aside," I hinted lamely.
Eternal verities such as the rich sea-life we have known (and more which remains unknown) can no longer be taken for granted, as ecological disaster threatens. I don't know if there's really a lifestyle solution to global problems, though I agree with Gore that we must not move from denial to despair without actually trying to DO something. To update an old saying: "Everyone complains about the CLIMATE -- let's DO SOMETHING about it!" Better to watch the Yule Log on TV than to actually burn one? Merry Christmas!
- Ken Duffy, December 23, 2006
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