An anti-nuclear protest took place downtown over the weekend. A parade of angry drums and shouts rang out as activists made their message known. The majority of passers by ignored the din, although our babies, Jackson and Stella, were quite concerned about the drumming. 

Anti-nuclear sentiment is still (understandably) strong in Japan, and all but one of the nuclear plants here are now closed, which means a 30 percent deficit in the power supply as we gear up for the steamy summer season. 

I wonder if some of the hostility that is directed at nuclear power is, in fact, anger at the ravages of nature and the unpredictable and dangerous power of tectonic plates and swelling oceans. It's easier to see man-made problems as the enemy than it is to blame a force that can not be understood, yet alone controlled.