Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jack’s Winning Words 4/22/15
“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful, in the eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together.”  (Archibald MacLeish)  Earth Day began in 1970, as an idea from Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson.  Google can tell you what the world was like back then, compared with what it is now.  Progress has been made, but more is needed.  During these mornings I’m glad for Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring.”    ;-)  Jack  

FROM DR ERIC:  We are specks of dust traveling on a spaceship...puts things into perspective, eh?
Check this video out. It's pretty amazing to see us from so far away.
====JACK:  The expanding universe makes earth (and its people) even more insignificant, except in the eyes of G-d.

FROM TARMART REV:  Speechless . . . well posted to encourage us to reflect and ponder a reflect an act on our part. Perhaps a prayer of thankfulness to its Creator and to stop and pick up a thrown discarded or, maybe better said, disregarded piece of paper.====JACK:  Good pick up a piece of someone's trash today.  I'm going to do that.  How about you?

FROM TRIHARDER:  But the changes we have made to her in such a brief time is so sad. ====JACK:  Carson wrote her book, because she saw a problem.  Because of her book, a silent Spring was averted, and I'm able to hear and appreciate the chirping of birds as I go out to get the morning newspaper.  See a problem...Do something to alleviate it!====TRIHARDER:  Yes, we are trying. Many of us are trying. But mankind has been so destructive and, almost inexplicably, continues to eliminate species and habitat.====JACK:  I've read that recycling is now available in Detroit, but some very poor people need to choose between the $25 cost of a recycling bin and food.  I don't blame them for choosing food.  How about starting a program where people who care about "Earth Day" can contribute $25 to provide a bin for a needy family?

FROM SPARTY:  This is beautiful.====JACK:  Ray Stevens sings: 
 Everything is beautiful in it's own way.
 Like the starry summer night, or a snow-covered winter's day.
 And everybody's beautiful in their own way.
 Under God's heaven, the world's gonna find the way.
There is none so blind as he who will not see.
 We must not close our minds; we must let our thoughts be free.
 For every hour that passes by, we know the world gets a little bit older.
 It's time to realize that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  It is indeed a beautiful world.====JACK:  Of all the places in the world where you've been, which one do you consider to be the most beautiful?  Dorothy said that, for her, it was Kansas.====SHIRL:  That would be difficult.  I love the Pacific Coast Highway  from San Diego to Seaside, Oregon, the Tetons, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Copacabana and Rio, Paris, the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.  And many more.  We are so lucky to have so many choices.  And I can't forget Hawaii, especially Maui and Hannamma Bay in Oahu.  Hanauma Bay. 

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