Life is complex. On one hand we each try to keep our own little corner of the earth warm and cozy, but on the other we sometimes fail to see the Big Picture. Worse yet, we tend to pooh-pooh anyone who comes along and tells us the ice caps or melting, that there is a hole in the ozone or that cancer is caused by human activity. Occasionally a story comes along which should show ALL of us just how small and fragile our little corner of the solar system it. Stories like this make me think of that old commercial showing the Native American with a tear in his eye while scanning the ruined landscape. The story concerned the Great Lakes, the largest bodies of fresh water in the USA (and the world?). http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=76200 "The report estimates that approximately 50,000 tons of industrial pollutants are pouring into the Great Lakes annually. Levels of PCBs, methyl mercury and dioxins in many Great Lakes fish, such as salmon, rainbow trout, walleye, pike and lake trout are too high for human consumption.....the report states that serious problems still exist and seems to be getting worse. " It makes me feel like this: http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/39384/detail/ Come to think of it, I may make this a HearthBlog entry!