Back in Kent After a Short Christmas Reprieve

Yufang and I are back from a week long visit to see my family over Christmas. We had a great time in the South, but there was far too little time to do everything we would have liked to have done or see everyone who we would have liked to have seen. I have some pending updates on my reading and experiences while we were gone, which should follow in short order.

The picture above is of us on my Grandpa Ellis’ dock on the heavily polluted Turtle River. It’s pretty there, but you don’t want to eat anything that lives in or around the water. Industry along the river dumped a good deal of mercury and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) into the water, which have obviously worked their way into the food chain.

There are only a couple of days left in 2009, so I would like to say to everyone: Happy New Year and Peace to All.

2 thoughts on “Back in Kent After a Short Christmas Reprieve

  1. Hey Jas,

    That’s a really great pic of you and Yu-Fang!

    Looking forward to your updates on the Ellis Homestead and the South – it’s a region that has always been a bit of a mystery to me.

    Shame about the river – is there still industry on it or do they have plans to clean it up?

    Happy New Year!

  2. Hey Jon,

    Thanks! Georgia is a terrific (inclusive of old and contemporary meanings for the word) place. I read some Flannery O’Connor last night, and I was tickled to hear Nabokov mention Jekyll Island in Lolita, which I am reading now. O’Connor’s short fiction is a great place to begin a real discovery of the South–keen observations, gothic humor, and the effects of industrialization/modernization on bodies.

    Turtle River has a power plant and a paper mill on it–my grandfather’s property is about halfway between the two on the river. I do not know what those guys contribute to the river besides thermal pollution, but I would guess there would be something more. Most of the heavy metal contamination come from LCP Chemicals, which is now a superfund site and closed down. I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to clean the river so that it would be safe or advisable to eat anything in it.

    Happy New Year to you and Sunshine, too!


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