local to local
Daily observations at or near Two Dot Spot, written by hand on the backs of postcards that record with ink and coffee a few minutes of the earth's orbit around the sun. The cards are physically mailed from Two Dot, Montana to those who have requested them...local to local. Ruth Marie Tomlinson
Evelyn Cameron’s biographer speculated that the “act of inscribing the concrete details of each day with in the confines of the page” was not only a source of satisfaction and comfort to Cameron, but was a way of giving shape and meaning to her days. Part of that process was recording the weather everyday. Lucey, the biographer, points out that weather was the single most influential factor in historic Montana. I’d say it still is. The beat of thunder and threat of rain is dictating what I am doing at this very moment.
Merle Haggard is a legend though he claims not to like the title. He’s 76 years old, but today in a full western suit he performed in the dust and heat of a Montana afternoon. He and his band make music with the ease of a long history. The crowd knew his songs and they sang along with hands in the air, no room for dancing. The music was the best of country, but we chose to make our exit when Haggard crooned for us to love America or leave it. Now thinking about it, I question my reaction. I do love America, though it may not always be popular to do so. It is different than loving everything our country does. Even in my frustration with the choices we often make as a nation, I have no intention of leaving this place that is my home. Better to stay in the game.
Red Ants Music Festival. There has been wind, and sun, and heat, and dust, but most of all music. The Wailin’ Jennys kept their harmonies tight. Corb Lund sang ranching, drinking, and Canadian good will. Amy Helm did her father proud. And Robert Earl Keen brought Texas to Montana tying the knot. With legs aching, I’ve pounded out time in the dirt and sung along on songs I know and others I don’t. Today's clouded up a bit. It doesn’t look threatening and may keep the heat down, but won't dampen spirits.
There is so much more to this terrain than landscape. I continue to wonder where exactly I fit in, as well as what I have to offer.
The Weather Man Is Not a Moron, Nate Silver explains chaos theory and the power of minute difference to cause exponential changes in the world. “Weather is non-linear… it abides by exponential rather than arithmetic relationships… its dynamic – its behavior at one point in time influences its behavior in the future.” I am thinking this holds true beyond weather, an idea that is both frightening and hopeful.