I drove my gas-guzzling Dodge Dakota to the 350.org virtual march for climate action in Kansas City. 350 event 3 KC Oct 2009Why? Because I must think I do enough for the environment already.

It turns out there is always more to do.

On the way I stopped at the Waldo water tower (I never knew it was called that)Waldo water tower saturated KC Oct 2009 and Holmes Park, close to my first house. I walked to the roller hockey rink and wondered which home belonged to the family that also had a daughter named Beth and gave me my first cat. I still remember rushing past her to get to the kitten. Naturally, she was offended.

Near these trees was a teeter-totter.Holmes Park trees KC Oct 2009 I fell off it once and bonked my head. Perhaps that’s why it was removed and replaced with poles for a volleyball net? Holmes Park volleyball poles and trees and rink KC Oct 2009The synagogue down Holmes is now an academy; the Jewish Community Center where I learned to swim is Paul Robeson Middle School; and J. C. Nichols, where I went to elementary school for one year, is the Academie Lafayette, a French-language immersion school.

And the Plaza, where the 350 event took place by the J. C. Nichols Memorial Fountain, Nichols fountain 2 KC Oct 2009is also changed, but more on that some other day.

At first I was unimpressed by the number of people at this Kansas City gathering (100? 200?), 350 event 1 KC Oct 2009but when Missouri senator Jolie Justice noted that Missouri is last in the nation for energy efficiency and clean energy, I decided I was being too harsh. Still, there were as many people in Kazakhstan as in Kansas City. There were even 3 pictures from Mongolia. And 1 or 2 from Afghanistan.

Jeez. I have to pause to cry here. With hope. Here’s my favorite picture from the 350.org site.

Students from the KC Art Institute painted this sign,350 event 4 sign KC Oct 2009 and the Quakers loaned their generator. Why does that amuse me?

The organizer annoyed me at times, but then he handed me this gem: “Our history books say almost nothing about how ordinary people have changed the world.”

Perhaps ordinary people should have emptied this trash can.350 event 5 trash KC Oct 2009

Many ordinary Kansas Citians have pledged “Five Green Things,” so I did too, even if I don’t live here any more.

As we marched down the Plaza, the “symbolic heart of capitalism in Kansas City,” 350 event 7 KC Oct 2009I dropped out at LatteLand, after about 2 blocks. If it’s any comfort to you, I asked for a china cup and then sat in this booth. Or interrogation room. LatteLand seat KC Oct 2009I’m not sure which. The latte, made with rosemary steeped in caramel, had a delicate herbal flavor.

I stayed there for a while and then went to Barnes and Noble to read magazines for free, because that way someone else can reuse them, not because I’m too cheap to buy People.

Finally the reason for all this waiting and reading began: WaterFire, Brushfire 3 KC Oct 2009a fall celebration on Brush Creek in Kansas City. The night was warm and dry: the opera singer made me wish I would have brought my father, though how he would have got through the crowd I don’t know; and everything was peaceful.Brushfire 1 KC Oct 2009

And then I drove home.

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  1. Amber's Crazy Bloggin' Canuck October 25, 2009 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Sounds so much fun! Those final pictures ARE so peaceful and beautiful….

  2. Beth October 25, 2009 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Wow, you’re quick! I just posted that. Thanks for checking it out.

  3. Lynne October 26, 2009 at 6:25 am - Reply

    I just discovered your post. Love your writing – the pic of the “interrogation booth” is great. Also the ref to Dad – I lost mine 14 months ago, too sad. Beautiful pix, and I didn’t know that about Missouri being 50th. I discovered your blog through Facebook. Good work.

  4. Beth Partin October 26, 2009 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Lynne, thanks for stopping by. Are you in KC or Denver?
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Saturday on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City =-.

  5. Lori in Denver October 26, 2009 at 8:55 am - Reply

    It’s always so emotional to go back somewhere to see what has changed and what has stayed the same.

    Top that off with a passionate belief and you’ve got a really powerful weekend.

    I like the Santa Cruz photo, and the BrushFire ones.

    Welcome to Perfect Moment Mondays — I hope to see more!
    .-= Lori in Denver´s last blog ..Perfect Moment Monday: Happy happy joy joy =-.

  6. Beth Partin October 26, 2009 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Lori, I liked that photo because it was so simple. And it has been quite emotional coming back here.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Saturday on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City =-.

  7. Lynne October 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    No, I’m in so Cal, in the city of Hemet, about an hour north of san diego, but I have relatives in KCMO. Loved your pix! I’ll stop by again.

  8. Sheri October 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I am visiting from Weebles Wobblog’s Perfect Moment Monday.

    I loved your narration and the photos. Thanks for sharing your perfect moment!
    .-= Sheri´s last blog ..Perfect Moment Monday — Fall Colors =-.

  9. Beth Partin October 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Sheri, thanks for stopping by.
    .-= Beth Partin´s last blog ..Saturday on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City =-.

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  11. Lynn October 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Love the post. Went to JC Nichols myself back in 1961-63.

  12. Beth Partin October 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Lynn, I was there a little later, probably about 1971.