“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
I was a junior in high school when Earth Day was established.
A group of us went to one of the local San Mateo County beaches and picked up trash.
It was along about that time that an oil spill took place off the coast. Well, a group of us went out to help clean up. There were no hazmat suits or rigid regulations to follow. We just went out and scooped up glops of oil.
Since then there’ve been lots and lots of glops, millions, I’d guess, along with scores of other disrespects towards our Mother.
I suppose that I could take up this space with admonitions and a general ass chewing directed at humankind but there’s plenty of that already going around today.
Instead I’ll just celebrate Mother with photos (some new and some recycled; no pun intended).
“I see Earth! It is so beautiful!” – Yuri Gagarin, Soviet Cosmonaut
“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ~ John Keats
In beauty I walk
With beauty before me I walk
With beauty behind me I walk
With beauty above me I walk
With beauty around me I walk
It has become beauty again ~ From Walking in Beauty: Closing Prayer from the Navajo Way Blessing Ceremony
“One beast and only one howls in the woods by night.”
~ Angela Carter,
“The Great Spirit is in all things. He is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the Earth is our Mother. She nourishes us. That which we put into the ground she returns to us.”
~ Big Thunder (Bedagi) Wabanaki, Algonquin
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” ~ Attributed to Chief Crazy Horse