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Eric O. Ledermann

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Thanks for stopping in. Pour yourself a cup o' jo, take a load off your feet, and check out what's here. You are looking at my ramblings about issues of faith, life and culture—they are my own and are not necessarily shared by those with whom I work, live or otherwise engage.

My journey has led my family and me across the country where I have been introduced to a lot of people and a lot of different ways of doing things. One passion, though, runs through all these experiences: building beloved and sustainable community. "Sustainable" community is kind of a strange notion, as communities (people) change constantly, and things are always in motion. So, the latest chapter of my life has led me to the notion of "impermanence"—not an idea that comes naturally in a culture that likes to build monuments to our greatness for future generations to view and admire. But, I'm trying to practice my awareness of impermanence—the idea that nothing is permanent, nothing is forever, and things are always in flux.

Feel free to share your comments and engage in any conversation that may be happening here, but just know that I do reserve the right to delete any spam or anything I deem inappropriate or offensive. I look forward to dialoguing with anyone who cares to dialogue!

Peace and blessings,
                   Eric Ledermann

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Solar Roadways?

A friend sent me a link to a video from Yert, a company I know very little about but seems bent on releasing us from our dependence on oil (foreign or domestic). The video explained how they are working on “electronic solar roads” (my words, not theirs). What are they? Well, watch this:

While I cannot imagine the cost of such an endeavor, I imagine it’s about as crazy as President Eisenhower’s idea of an interstate highway system. Can you imagine your driveway and your street providing you with enough electricity to run your house? Yes, there are some significant downsides to this. What do we do at night? That continues to be an issue for current solar voltaic systems. Until we find a way to safely store electricity without the environmental impact of thousands (or billions) of batteries, we may never be able to completely rid ourselves of the need for fossil fuels. But, as technology grows, there is hope.

And if we were to create this super-voltaic highway system, what are the long-range maintenance issues? We just don’t know.

None the less, I am excited about this sort of thing!

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