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May 21 2010

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WHAT’S GOIN’ ON ?

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I feel very lucky that I can write about the thing I love to do most—design. There are so many wonderful things happening in the world of interior design, and getting to go to trade shows and see gorgeous products firsthand is nothing short of amazing. As a green designer, I am continually pleased and excited about what’s changing and evolving in materials and products in the kitchen and bath business, as well as the rest of the home. I get really pumped when I see that manufacturers are really “getting it” and changing the way they manufacture and produce their products to make them more sustainable. I have seen green design go from a trend to a mainstream market, even with the downturn in the economy.

So what’s my point? Tonight I’m on a plane to New Orleans to visit a job site, and I have some time to think about what my next blog post will be, and what new, cool thing I can talk about. But I’m not really feeling so great about the latest and greatest hot new product right now. The oil spill in the Gulf has really put me in a tailspin.

I try not to watch too much news on TV. I like to keep up with current events, but I really have to pace myself and not watch it more than once or twice a week. There’s too much going on that disturbs me so I’m better off just tuning in now and then. I know this might sound like a cop-out or that I have my head buried in the sand, but I can’t help it. I simply can’t see how keeping abreast of every news event worldwide every day is going to make me be a better person. There’s a Buddhist philosophy that states that everything you see, hear, think or say has a profound effect on your soul. I truly believe that, and watching hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and natural gas spew into the Gulf of Mexico is really doing a number on mine.

I just don’t get it. It’s been three or four weeks since this tragedy unfolded, killing several workers at the outset. That’s enough of a tragedy in itself, but the oil continues to flow into the waters, doing untold damage to the wildlife and the ecosystem. And nothing is going on. The “blame game” is being played by BP. Washington, DC, has created a “committee” to look into the problem, and even Kevin Costner seems to have an idea about how to fix the problem. I feel completely helpless, as I’m sure you do. I don’t know what to say, what to do.

There’s a song by Marvin Gaye from 1971 called “The Ecology—Mercy, Mercy Me.” If you get a chance, find it on iTunes and listen to it. The words are below.

Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
No, no
Where did all the blue sky go?
Poison is the wind that blows
From the north, east, south, and sea
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
No, no
Oil wasted on the oceans and upon our seas
Fish full of mercury
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
No, no
Radiation in the ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying
Oh, mercy mercy me
Oh, things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land?
How much more abuse from man can you stand?

Mercy, Mercy me………………..

Patrcia Gaylor

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