Just got the following e-mail from Arlington County:
The national weather service has issued an extreme heat warning from 12pm on 8/1 until 6pm on 8/3. Temps around 100 degrees, heat index in the 110-115 degree range. Refer to the Arlington County website for tips to beat the heat. MPH OEM
Sent by Arlington County OEM to Weather Information 24hrs, Weather Information 9AM-9PM (e-mail) through Arlington Alert.
I'm sure some of my plants are going to die now matter how much I water them. But that's hardly the end of the world. What does concern me are the homeless people who don't have anyplace cool to go, who don't have anyplace to shower off, who don't have anyplace to go for a cold drink. This kind of heat, especially coupled with our area's world-famous humidity, can kill people.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."