Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Negative Thoughts

Friday, March 4th, 2011

“This is where I get most of my negative thinking done.”

New Yorker cartoon of a woman showing buyers her home office

Economically and environmentally, for Americans the past three years have been difficult, at best. Even those whose jobs were secure and finances healthy have felt the impact: government cuts to essential programs, neighbors who had to sell their homes, friends who were unemployed, new carcinogens and ever worsening global warming. Worst of all, the nightly news reminds us how bad things are. All that in addition to our personal  challenges.

In times like these, optimism is hard to summon. The cartoon I quoted above is not far from the truth — we often get so trapped in worrying that we can’t do Good Work! (more…)

Earth Day!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Celebrate the Earth!

 

 

   Forty years ago today, millions of Americans gathered in huge and glorious celebrations across the country to say: We Care about the Earth.  It was a monumental event that by year’s end led to the establishment of the EPA, and ultimately the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the wise notion that, as stewards of our natural world, we can’t let profit come before the precious blessing of the Earth.

 

   This week as I watched the PBS special, The History of Earth Day, I was reminded of one very special early Earth Day celebration— (more…)

2010 – Happy New Year

Friday, January 1st, 2010

2010 – Happy New Year! 

Well, here we are. Ten years into the New Millenium. Post 9/11. Post Economic meltdown. Post Bush-Cheney. Several degrees into Global Warming. Several setbacks into Global Cooperation. The backside of the Great Recession. The end of a decade of decadence. Folks, straighten your chair backs, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for landing; somehow or another, we made it!

So – as we come to the end of this bumpy ride—what’s next for us?

I have no crystal ball to foretell the future, but my hunch is that, like so many generations of God’s people on planet Earth, we are about discover the consequences of having to collectively learn things the hard way!

Here are just a few of the tough lessons in store for us: (more…)

Sacred Sounds

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Jazz is the sound of God laughing.” Colleen Shadox

With a week of drenching rain finally over and an autumn chill in the sunny air, I decided to open all the windows this morning to celebrate the changing seasons. At my laptop, as I write this post, a gentle wind is dancing through the turning leaves and rustling the limbs. It is just enough to set singing our several sets of windchimes. Each one is tuned to a different pitch, and we have hung them in various spots around our yard. The result is that, on days like today, the air carries a veritable symphony of music: round-toned moans, cheerful harmonies, bright staccatos. Listening with my eyes closed for a minute, I feel moved to tears then to laughter then to peace.

A believer in prayer and worship as a constant condition, I realize that if the sound of my windchimes stirs my spirit, I am hearing sacred music! That idea sets me thinking about the many kinds of sacred sounds in the world we experience as holy, and every culture has its own beautiful traditions. (more…)

Nature as Sanctuary

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

“There is sanctuary in being alone with nature.”    

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When life swirls around us into a tornadic wind of uncertainty or trudges along dragging its heavy boots or orders us about with its responsibilities and expectations, it is important to have places that serve as sanctuary. This morning is a reminder that the place I live and write is both sanctuary and studio. Like Jonathan Lockwood Huie, I need time to be “alone with nature.” I am blessed that it is right outside my door.

I thought today I would invite you for a visit! (more…)

Change!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Let today embrace the past with remembrance

and the future with longings.

Kahlil Gibran 

As the west wind of our first real cold front swept the last bits of summer aside yesterday (and I changed from shorts-and-Tshirt to blue jeans-and-a sweater!), I was reminded of the blessing of the seasons. Each one is a new beginning, and not just for Nature. As the trees throw off their stiffened leaves and settle in for some well-deserved rest, we too can begin a new season. Fall, especially, offers a time of reconsideration–a chance to leave behind old sadnesses, errors, grudges and regrets. We can rethink our priorities and recommit to our best selves. We can rediscover gratitude and optimism. We can change! (more…)

I’m Not A Plastic Bag

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

 Cotton

What a sign of hope, if a somewhat typically capitalistic one!

Today, July 18th, is the launch by green retailer Whole Foods Market and upscale designer Anya Hindmarch of their cotton cloth shopping bag emblazeded with the phrase:

I’m Not a Plastic Bag.  (more…)

Live Earth

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

a17_h_148_22718.gif (162152 bytes) Photo: NASA NSSDC

With Earth Day celebrations three months in the past, you might not be expecting a worldwide festival for the environment at this time of year. Think again!

Today is 7-7-07 (July 7, 2007), the long-awaited global celebration of music and environmental awareness called  Live Earth!

In case you are saying, “Live what?!” read on:

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Great Moral Issues of the Day?

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Abu Graib TortureArgentinian child in trash

 

Posted by Anne McCrady

 

 

In case you haven’t heard, there is a debate rumbling in American evangelical circles about what constitutes “the great moral issues of the day.” With the presidential race heating up and the Republican party struggling to find its way forward, the Religious Right is jockeying to decide what should matter most to its constituency. (more…)