Here is a photo of last year’s emerging snowdrops. I took the photo on March 7, 2010.
And here is a photo, taken today, of the spot where those snowdrops appeared last March.
What do you think? Do they have a chance? Will they continue to sleep beneath the snow and ice until it melts?
Only by understanding the Universe as a vast, holistic system and Earth as a unit within it can we help restore balance to that unit.
Only by placing Earth and its ecosystems – about which we now understand so much – at the centre of all our thinking can we avert ecological disaster .
Only by bringing our thinking back into balance with feeling, intuition and awareness and by grounding ourselves in a sense of the sacred in all things can we achieve a new level of consciousness.
Thus says the website of the book GreenSpirit: Path to a new Consciousness. In a couple of weeks the author, Marian Van Eyk McCain, will be speaking about this book upstairs in the Community Room at the Real Food Co-op in Chatham. (Please note that the Co-op is not open for business on Sundays.) I’m very happy that Marian will be here, and I’d like you all to meet her. She is also author of the book Elderwoman: Reap the Wisdom – Feel the Power – Embrace the Joy, which ties in with Growing Older, Growing Wiser: Becoming an Elderwoman, a seven-part series beginning in Chatham on September 14th.
Please help me spread the message about her talk at the Co-op on September 12, 2 PM. Thanks!
Here is a poster with the details:
Key West Community Garden
It’s Earth Day, so I found myself thinking about the first official Earth Day in 1970 (I still have my decal…somewhere). I went to an Earth Day program on campus, my baby daughter in a carrier on my front, and all I could think about was how different the future would be for her. Much has changed since 1970. Now that baby girl is over 40 years old and has two daughters of her own. People are finally taking climate science seriously.
Key West Community Garden
It seems to me that the earth is a much more troubled place now, politically, climate- and ecology-wise, and economically, but my daughter and her family are rising to the occasion. It gives me hope. She and her husband started Key West’s first community garden, which was such a success that they are in the process of starting another garden there.
She and her husband grow bananas, papayas, and pineapples in their yard, which is across the street from the first community garden, where they grow veggies and flowers. Life in paradise! Here in the Northeast, we have our own local food movement, for which I am grateful. But alas, no locally grown bananas!
Banana Tree, Front Yard
Bananas Ripening Indoors