Wednesday, April 22, 2009

there's no place like home

When you take a moment out of the daily orbit and really think about it, doesn't this old earth bring you to your very knees?  The magnitude, majesty, glory and wonder of it all?  The mountains and oceans and beaches and backyard gardens? The waterfalls and the hollyhocks and the bird nests tucked in the branches of the sycamore tree?  Today is Earth Day, created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970.  He envisioned it as a grassroots day of environmental awareness at college campuses across the country and today it is observed around the globe.  A happy coincidence is that April 22nd is also the birthday of Saint Francis of Assisi, lover of nature and considered to be the world's first environmentalist. Probably the best way to celebrate is to take to heart the myriad ways we can protect and preserve this precious, inherited gift.  And then to live them out so that every day becomes Earth Day.  

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