Dear Earth Connection readers–
Many of you know that my husband Andy Schmookler is the Democratic nominee for Congress where we live, in Virginia’s sixth Congressional district.
As the campaign has become increasingly time-consuming, it has gotten more and more difficult for me to post regularly on THE EARTH CONNECTION.¬† In fact, I have not found the time to post anything at all in the last several weeks.¬† And so I have decided to ‘suspend’ the site, at least until after Election Day, November 6.
I am sad, in a way, to have to give THE EARTH CONNECTION a rest.¬† Since I launched the site on Earth Day 2008, it has been truly a labor of love.¬† Planning regular postings has meant I ‘had’ to spend more time in the woods observing, more time reading about the natural world, more time researching actions that have benefited our planet, and more time investigating steps we all can take to help protect the Earth.¬† Knowing that hundreds of people are visiting THE EARTH CONNECTION every day has spurred me to dig deeper, to work to better express my feelings of love, wonder, and anguish about our magnificent planet.
Part of what has made THE EARTH CONNECTION so rewarding for me has been hearing from you, the people who read my site.¬† I have been inspired, warmed, and educated by many thoughtful comments from readers over the years.¬† Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my site and for posting comments.
And while I am sad in a way to have to set THE EARTH CONNECTION aside, working on Andy’s campaign is simply another way to work for a healthier planet than offering postings on the Web.¬† Andy has been outspoken on the urgent need to address climate change, and his campaign is focusing on the more fundamental problem that what’s going on in our political system these days has made it impossible for us as a nation to act responsibly and constructively to address climate change and the other pressing issues we face.
Here is a link to a video of a five-minute speech Andy gave that has gone viral. ¬†It well describes the nature of our crisis.
Thank you all so much!¬† And stay tuned for future developments. . . . . . .
For Our Earth–