Monday, June 18, 2007

let rachel speak!

this weekend we continued our celebration of rachel carson's centennial. saturday dawned with em picking us up to go on a trip she planned to holden arboretum for a hike and an afternoon picnic at penitentiary glen reservation (which is by the way now home to the ducklings rescued by em now known as 'the duck wrangler'). em put together the outing as a father's day-weekend gift to f. a pretty perfect gift as our little 'family of creation' was able to spend the day together doing what we love the most - enjoying both the wonder of nature (à la carson) and each other's company. an added delight is the arboretum is dog-friendly so dixie joined in the fun (and she's such a good dog she didn't chase any of the wildlife! although we could tell she was tempted!). saturday evening, f and I headed out to cleveland public theater for a multimedia celebration of the works and spirit of rachel carson. the production was created and directed by kay eaton and cece miller of cleveland's sacred space with the additional assistance from artist director mershona parshall and a passel of talented performers. kudos to sacred space and their talented troupe - it was a wondrous evening!

when the performance finished sacred space provided a 'gift' to each member of the audience - a handout with advice on how each of us to keep the sense of wonder and awe alive.

"If a child is to keep alive an inborn sense of wonder, that child needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."
- Rachel Carson

10 things to do:

1. visit and support our parks.
2. join your local watershed group.
3. plant a rain garden.
4. clean up a neighborhood vacant lot.
5. read books to children about nature and how to care for our environment.
6. write a poem, compose a song, draw a picture of your favorite flower, bird, animal or sea creature.
7. spend time outside every day. call it your 'green hour.'
8. give up the addiction to perfection. a few weeds are good. don't use harmful chemicals in your yard or home.
9. eat organic whenever possible. garden a few vegetables. start a compost. buy locally grown produce - support farmer's markets.
10. conserve energy, reuse, recycle, reclaim. give away on

excellent mouse medicine, wouldn't you say!

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