I have no idea what is happening – it’s like throwing pennies off a bridge. I just can’t get comfortable – it seems like the only thing that connects my life and art together is pain – it’s painful when I put them together – and more painful when I pull them apart. In 2007 I quit straddling the pain, quit my job, and moved to a rural studio in New York State. I work on creative projects, work on my life, and work on the day-to-day necessities of existence. No cell phone, no social media, no networking. But as I work on the books displayed on this author’s page; I feel another kind of pain — the pain of not working on something else: my printmaking and drawing are being neglected, my poetry output is a dripping faucet, and it looks like I’ll be telling NYFA that the Idea Enhancement Project just added another year to its timeline. When I read what I’ve just written; it’s as true as anything I can think of — but then so is the opposite: I need to process everything that happens . . .
September 8, 2021
Since all land grant agricultural colleges seem to send the same message, I’ll quote from the PennStateExtension article “Nitrates in Drinking Water”:
After throwing dust about the sources and severity of the methemoglobinemia or “blue-baby syndrome” problem, the article outlines possible types of remediation:
“With agricultural nitrate leaching, often you may have no control of the nitrate source.”
While banned from any access to municipal water, rural families have no protection under the law for their only source of drinking water — their wells.
Here are PSU’s well water treatment solutions:
“ion exchange can be expensive and requires maintenance”
“Reverse osmosis is expensive. Added to the equipment costs are the high energy costs for operation.”
“Distillation uses much energy and produces heat which taxes air conditioners in the summer months. Energy costs are about 30 cents per gallon produced.”
Since bottled water is also very expensive, PSU recommends that mixing it with the polluted well water to make it less toxic to drink will save money. However they admit that “blended water still may not be safe for infants.”
PSU ends their article by stating:
“Though nitrates concern many Pennsylvania residents, proper testing will confirm the problem and adequate treatment will eliminate it.”
How’s that for a slap in the face of poor rural families.