Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkinfest

It seems like a long time since I've been able to post a new blog entry.  It isn't that I haven't tried, but I've finally come to the realization that there are some things you can't do from a tablet, and one of them seems to be uploading pictures to blogger.  So I have a lot to report on, but for today, I'm only going to talk about the Keene New Hampshire 21st annual Pumpkinfest.  My sister Anne and her husband Paul have a couple of vacation homes that they offer for rent in New Hampshire lake country.  Unfortunately for us, it works out to an 8 hour drive, so this is only our second visit here.  This weekend our visit coincided with the Pumpkinfest.  People come from far and wide brandishing a bizarre collection of carved pumpkins.  The picture above represents about 1/10th of the total pumpkins on display.  As dusk approaches, people start to light candles in the pumpkins making for a wonderful display for the thousands of visitors to this beautiful part of New England.  What struck me was how much human creativity and productivity just comes together with relatively little fuss to create something wonderfully pleasing..  What if this same amount of human creativity and productivity could be focused on a greater goal - like ending poverty or disease?  Instead, many world leaders seem to prefer to direct human creativity and productivity on domination and destruction.  What a shame.