It’s partly my personality, partly my upbringing, and partly my 8 years in the Air Force, but I suffer from a tireless search for perfection. I say I suffer, because it really does, more than anything else I can think of, cause me trouble and frustration. My father blames this on an errant gene in my family tree, but whatever the cause, it’s part of the fabric of who I am. I know I will never come close, and I’m learning that all the inconsistency and errors that I find in myself, in my work, in my relationships, are simply the natural way of things.
The universe creates insane terrifying chaos, and miraculous beautiful order all the time, and it’s just whichever way the wind blows that day that dictates how things will go. That doesn’t stop me from waking up every morning and making plans for creating my own idea of perfection, but I’m learning to be easier on myself and everyone else in the process. Perfection is an honorable goal, but so is embracing the flow of life. Excuse me while I go wipe baby asses, sing lullabyes, and drink a glass of wine. Ahhh…perfection.
I grew up in a little fishing town on the southern Oregon coast, called Port Orford. They are in danger of having to close their port which would be a HUGE blow to this little town. I grew up working on this dock in my Grandmother’s store and my father was a commercial fisherman there for 20+ years. If you would, please take a moment to sign this petition and help save this important part of Port Orford.
The small fishing town of Port Orford, located on the rugged and scenic south coast of Oregon, is in danger of losing access to the sea, and a way of life that has been around for generations. Over half of our local economy is dependent on a 40-vessel commercial fishing fleet. Without our local fishing businesses, there is no future for Port Orford.
Our harbor is exposed to the Pacific storms that bring large surf to our coast. Our boats are kept on a dry dock and a crane is used to lift them in and out of the water. This means that the dockside channel must be maintained in order for boats to be launched from and returned to the dock.
The Army Corp of Engineers has a mission to “maintain safe and reliable channels, harbors and waterways for the transportation of commerce, support to national security and recreation.” – Army Corp of Engineers website, 2012.
The Army Corps of Engineers built a breakwater in 1969 to help protect our dock from strong Pacific storms. But building the breakwater had the unintended consequence of causing our harbor to fill with sand. In 1970, the Corps received an emergency authorization to dredge the excess sand from our harbor to provide safe boat navigation.
Since that time, the Army Corp of Engineers has returned each year to maintain the navigation channel and keep Port Orford fishing. The last time the Corps dredged the harbor was in 2010. The harbor was not dredged in 2011, and there are no plans for it to be dredged this year, or next.
The Port Orford harbor is now full of sand (see above photo), and provides very limited access to the sea. The problem has rapidly gotten worse, and it is only possible to launch and return during high tides. The need to go fishing leaves us with no choice but to go to sea during unsafe conditions at the dock. Even moderate swells create extremely hazardous conditions during this already tricky procedure.
Our town is facing an economic catastrophe. If we can’t launch our fishing boats, we can’t make a living. Our businesses are already suffering. Soon, fishermen will be forced to leave to fish elsewhere in order to stay in business.
We need to bring our problem to the attention of the Army Corp of Engineers, and our US Senators and Congressman so that we can get our harbor dredged this summer and keep our fishing tradition alive.
Please join us to keep the Port in Port Orford – save our way of life and our town!
I’m running around getting ready for my first Stella & Dot party tonight. Drinks ! Desserts! And, the best part… hanging out with lots of fabulous friends. If you’d like to join me tonight, just comment below and I’ll send you the details.
Yes. YES, YOU DID. Kelly Beall just featured this amazing HOW TO on creating a gallery wall, and she has one of my little paintings in the mix. I was super flattered because Kelly has awesome taste, and I’m thrilled she saw fit to add this into her gallery (and BLOGGED about it, no less.) It pretty much made my day. Week. YEAR.