Still thinking about Cold  —    and our sunspot cycles that cause our planet to have cold cycles and warm cycles.

I shouldn’t have gone outdoors with my sore ear yesterday . . .


. . . but the ski trails near the Spruce Tunnel just called to me.     The trail led past the evergreens.   These dark green beauties caused me stop  for a while and stare …  and take photos.   So deep and rich and mysterious.

Meanwhile  I was realizing it was a lot colder out there than I had expected.   I was thinking about what I had written here yesterday, about the inevitability of a prolonged cold period – several generations long at least.    The scientist I’ve listened to most recently said we will have a better idea of just how severe these coming years will be when we get to Sunspot Cycles #25 and #26.

Driving smaller and more dangerous little cars will not affect the sunspot count in the next few years.   Dialing down our thermostats cannot increase the number of sunspots which would give us a milder Cooling Cycle.

Outside, in The Spruce Tunnel yesterday,  I can easily imagine a cooler earth.    I am hearing the cold winds and feeling the icy air during  my cross country skiing.


I reach the part of the trail that approaches the Tunnel, hoping that I’d be sheltered from the wind.

Our world is in need of shelter for the coming Cooling Period.   We need to prepare for the changes it will bring.

More fuel sources, more fuel storage and better delivery will be needed.   This week in the news, a woman  in North Dakota was found dead in her home. . .  with an empty propane tank.   The cost to fill  tanks with propane that will heat  homes has risen to unaffordable levels for many people –  but  propane deliveries are curtailed anyway.   Their new policy is to deliver only 25% or 30% – or if you are lucky 50% of your tank’s capacity because  supplies are low.   We, as a nation, are selling our propane to Mexico and to China, and to other places.

More food sources and better food storage and delivery will be needed.      America,  The Bread Basket of the World will have a much diminished Growing Zone.   Wheat.   Corn.  Sorghum.   Sugar Beets.   Hay to feed our cattle.    There will be less of all of this.

There will be food shortages for the world – and for the food-growing United States.


There was less wind inside the spruce forest, and I took many photos and some really good videos.   But my fingers were aching from the bitterly cold air, and on the way home I was shivering.    A cup of cocoa helped, but I felt a lingering sense that this might be, more and more often, a common experience for us all.   Staying warm and well fed will be expensive, and a severe trial for many people in the decades ahead.

This coming Sunday some of you will hear in your churches the words of Isaiah, the great Jewish prophet, read to you.     God suggests a “better idea”  for us:

* Is this not a better way to do your religious duty (to fast) ?     to loose the bonds of injustice,     to let the oppressed go free,     Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,     and bring the homeless poor into your house;     when you see the naked, to cover them,     and not to hide yourself from your own kin?

If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,     then your light shall rise in the darkness     and your gloom be like the noonday.

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;    you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

I think these words  from God are needed for our times.     I think our character will be judged by our actions towards those who are in more need than we are.     Sunspot cycles are bigger than we are.   Cooling cycles that bring danger are bigger than we are.

We can only do what we can do.    

The danger is that we will do less.

* (Isaiah 58:6-10)

The “scientist’s” name is Dr. John L. Casey, formerly with NASA;   white house science adviser;  pace and Science Research adviser.    Author of  Cold Sun.

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