And the Rains Came, Thank God!

rain August 2015

Rain came to Northwest USA

Yes, we are so happy here in the Northwest. This is a place that used to get rain during the summer. Now we celebrate every rain drop that falls in summer. Last weekend I didn’t go outside because the smoke gave me a headache, and I wasn’t even in the worst area! I live far from the fires, and the winds brought the smoke to where I live. This weekend the rain brought us more water than the cloud burst that I got caught in in mid August.

cloudburst 8/14/15

rain from cloud burst mid August

I even washed my car with suds this morning, and it rained hard and long enough to wash it clean. Now that’s a rain! I’ve been washing my car in the rain since about 1976. I only look a little crazy! It merely requires a good raincoat with hood and washing bucket, etc.  (P.S. I only use biodegradable soap).

wet streets

completely wet streets from “real rain”

I checked  historical records for where I live for May, June, and July on the website: and found out that for those months,  rain totals used to be about 4.5 inches. This year it was .5 inches for those same months. The lack of rain is not the only problem. The aquifers of water on the earth are becoming depleted. This is what the Washington Post wrote in July this year:

We  humans CANNOT take rain or water for granted any more.

“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the RAIN, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that’s meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”  -Thich Nhat Hahn

I have great respect for many native people; many tribes have had more fluid relationships with nature than we humans without native descendants today.  This a saying from one of the tribes that all of us can and need to heed today:

“When a man (woman) moves away from nature his (her) heart becomes hard.” – Lakota Nation

We cannot afford to have hard hearts about nature today. We need to listen to the changes happening on our planet and take action making different choices collectively than we have done in the past. The consequences of what is happening on our Mother Earth are becoming as plain as the noses on our own faces.