Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The Blog Goes On: Five Year Anniversary
I started this blog on January 1, 2010. January 1 of 2015 was an anniversary, a milestone, and a decision point for me. I have blogged for five years at Yes Vermont Yankee.
But Vermont Yankee stopped generating power on December 29, 2014. Was there any point to continuing this blog?
For me, this was not a trivial question. There are many ways for a person to spend her time, and many worthy causes to support. I am also five years older than I was in 2010, and more aware of how we each have a limited time on earth. The plant has shut down. Should I keep blogging?
It took me a while to answer that question.
My answer is yes. I will keep blogging. I still have things I want to say. The blog has already morphed, to some extent, as I have begun to follow grid issues (including joining the Coordinating Committee for the grid operator's Consumer Liaison Group). The blog will change, but gradually. I will follow Vermont Yankee in this blog, but I will also follow other energy and nuclear issues.
Yes Vermont Yankee started as a local blog, and will remain so. The blog will continue to focus on energy issues in the Northeast. It will continue to be a rallying point for people who support nuclear power and reasonable energy choices.
The New Focus
The tag under the blog title has been: A blog about Vermont energy issues and in support of Vermont Yankee.
The new title is: A blog about Northeast energy issues, and in support of nuclear power.
With the expanded scope, I also plan to have more guest posts. The blog receives thoughtful comments from many people. As well as comments, I hope to have more guests posts in the future. If you would like to post on this blog, please email me at mjangwin at gmail.
The Last Ship
My children live in New York and New Jersey. Over the holiday, part of the family took an expedition to see a matinee of a Broadway show: Sting in The Last Ship.
Talk about a busman's holiday! This was a musical about the closing of a shipyard in England. Meanwhile, back in Vermont...Vermont Yankee was closing. Frankly, this is a depressing subject for a musical, but the music was great, and Sting was great. I am very glad we went. The show is closing on January 24, and I encourage you to attend.
The shipyard in The Last Ship does not get miraculously saved. It closes. The Last Ship sails.
But the musical has a sort-of happy ending as the various characters come to term with their pasts, their loves, and their futures. I wish the same for all my friends at Vermont Yankee.
May we all have peace and joy and love and health and prosperity, even though the last Vermont Yankee electron has sailed.