4th of July fireworks in Westport, a few days early
Westport’s 4th of July Fireworks
Westport and the surrounding towns agree every year about which nights to have their fireworks so they don’t interfere with each other.
This year Westport’s fireworks were on June 30! Not even July, but still a great way to celebrate the eve of July 1.
We live about two miles from the beach. We’re on the corner of a small side road. The main road to Compo Beach where the fireworks are held runs in front of our house.
In past years the cars have come to a slow crawl by 7 pm or a few minutes after, all lining up to get into the parking areas which are opened up near the beach to accommodate all of us who want to watch. The fireworks usually start around 9.
Fireworks at Compo Beach
At 7:30 last night the cars were still moving well. But we decided we should start anyway. Less than 1/4 mile later the traffic came to a halt! It took us over an hour to get to Compo Beach and a parking place.
Just before 9 the first booms sounded from the barge near the shore. Each burst of the display was greeted with appreciative oohs and aahs from us and the rest of the crowd.
We got home again by 10:45, having spent over an hour to cover the two miles each way!
Still worth it. Do you watch 4th of July fireworks?
Fireworks on June 30th, for 4th of July
They always have fascinating bits of information about Nigeria, like this tidbit that says 70 churches, 20 mosques, and a few hotels and beer parlors in Lagos State were closed for noise violations.
But I’m puzzled by the General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Bola Shabi’s statements. First he said we have reduced noise by 25% but he doesn’t tell us 25% of what.
Then he says, “Enforcement is a continuous exercise and we have set a target for ourselves. We want to ensure that Lagos is noise-free by the year 2020,” he said.
Lagos free of noise? Whatever does he mean?
Either This Day which produced the story did a poor reporting job, or Bola Shabi doesn’t know how to talk about noise pollution.
I wouldn’t know either, but then I’m not in the field of environmental protection.
Stella Uzochukwu on STEM
Double display of fireworks
Last time I told you a little about Stella Uzochukwu’s efforts to promote interest in STEM specially for girls in Nigeria. I interviewed her by email.
I asked about starting out. She said, “It’s not difficult to establish an NGO in Nigeria. What is difficult is the running of the NGO. We have been up and running for over three years and we are yet to get the very first funding.”
Her costs include paying staff, buying fuel for the generator, and rent during school holidays.
Sounds like similar problems to nonprofits in this country!
I asked if the Ministry of Education supports her. She said no, “even though we are in collaboration with them and we submit a periodic report of our activities to them.”
I hope she is able to find a solution. STEM programs are so important for girls and boys, but especially girls who have few role models of women in technical fields.
4th of July fireworks. I love how they seem to come at you.
Chimamanda and Privacy
Nigeria’s best-known author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave birth to her first child, a daughter, a few months ago. Although news of her pregnancy had come out, she never spoke about it.
Edoro said, “To some people, this silence seemed a bit unusual given the African cultural practice of publicly celebrating motherhood and the global celebrity culture of publicizing pregnancy and motherhood.”
I was certainly in the camp of those who thought it unusual. But now I understand. And I think she made a wise decision.
Adichie said in the interview, quoted by Edoro, “I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy. We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood. I went into hiding. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”
She succeeded. The interviewer apparently didn’t even know she’d had a baby!
GA Follow Up
Saturday night at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly is the time of the Ware Lecture. I’ve never checked out why it has that name, or I’ve known and forgotten. I hope someone will enlighten me. (Marilyn? Lynda? Randy? Kent?)
Krista Tippett, author, journalist, and broadcaster, gave the Ware Lecture this year.
She produces On Being, which I listen to either on Sunday morning or more often as a podcast during the week. Do you listen?
I see that “On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?”
She began her lecture by saying how humbled she was when she learned that fifty years earlier the Ware Lecture was given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
She gave us three encouragements. “Words matter,” she said. We need words that are expansive and inclusive. Second, “Rediscover listening as civic art.” That was clear! And third, “Dare to name that which we want to bring in.” Don’t be afraid to use the word ‘love.’
Happy 4th of July to you.