Dream Trees

There is a Place
where the Trees dream.
If you go there
with Your Secrets.

All will be Laid Bare
among the Branches
there Nothing can Hide
the Forest is Truth
do Not be Afraid!

The Trees are Life
The Trees are Gentle
They’ll take Your Heart
And Return it Whole.

You’ll wish to Die there
You Will Live there
Even when You leave
You’ll be There still.


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Happy Earth Day

Care2 has a challenge for Earth Day (Earth Week for them, because they like to live large):

1) Give up all single use drink bottles. (Bottled water, sodas, etc.)
2) Not use paper or plastic shopping bags. Instead, bring your own canvas bags.
3) Save electricity by cutting back TV to an hour a day and turning the thermostat down by two degrees.
4) Replace two car trips with walking, biking or public transportation.
5) Go vegetarian.

1) We've already been working on this one. We have a stack of refillable soda cups for when we want soda, and refillable water bottles. We're not at 100%, but we're close. We could probably make 100% for this week with ease.

2) Except when we leave the #^!&ing bags at home by accident, we've been doing this one for a long while.

3) My a/c doesn't go on until the temp goes over 84F. And 84F with the high humidity here is not 84F up north, so you only get bragging rights about not turning on your a/c EVAH if you live in a similarly wet climate. 😛 So anyhow, check.

4) The ritzar takes the bus to work more than 2 mornings a week right now, and will be for the foreseeable future. Check again.

5) This is really problematic. We just spent 40 days being vegetarian for Lent. My kids might murder me if I tried to get another week out of them. I have been thinking serious thoughts about cutting down on the number of meat dishes we eat year round, but there's no way my family will agree to going vegetarian all the time, and vegan is right out.

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Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

"A record 195 Kemp's Ridley nests were found on the Texas coast this nesting season, which runs from April to mid-July. It's the fifth consecutive record-breaking year — 128 nests were found during the 2007 season — since record keeping began in 1980.

"The fact that we had a record-breaking year that followed another gets us very excited about the prospects for next year and future years," said Donna Shaver, chief of sea turtle science and recovery at Padre Island National Seashore."

Read more at Future looks promising for Kemp Ridleys

The article also says that when they started conservation efforts back in the 1980's, they found about 1 nest every three years. They also found one leatherback nest, the first one found in 70 years, but sadly the eggs didn't hatch. This is a remarkable improvement that makes me feel less grim. It's also why many of the inhabitants of The Armpit scream when people want to start driving heavy oil and gas trucks through the national seashore in search of new drilling sites. Turtle extinction may seem like a small price to pay for cheap gas for your SUV, but those turtles are important. Among other things, they eat jellyfish, and we have way too many jellyfish right now.

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