Monthly Archives: April 2015

Requiem for an Earth

4 22 15 Earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

REQUIEM FOR AN EARTH

A quiet dawn

long years ago.

A verdant lawn

And shining snow

cover bright

the curve of earth,

while in the night

a birth

of fire,

and steel

soars higher

for now unreal.

Now

The years are by,

And the earth may bow

even if we cry

No!

The days of clean

were long ago

and now the mean

smoke of death

may cut

our breath

what

cries

for mercy

to the skies,

where we see

unbelieving the sodden smog

and stained rain

which through the fog

and down the lane

rushes into

the garbage-water

that too

soon has conquered the daughter

of the sky –

the shore and the sea,

that my

ancestors said was a beauty.

Oh really?

Said I.

Now answer me

why,

your beauty,

our green and blue sphere of light

we now see

in

the dark dead night

of its once glorious day?

And I hear a requiem coming.

 

~ Poem written by Gloria for high school sophomore English class on Earth Day.

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Cats, Dogs and Rabbits

4 5 2015 Honey BlogLions, tigers and bears! Oh my! Well, no, more like cats, dogs and rabbits!

Honey the dog (see photo left) decides to write today’s blog. Only kidding.

Actually it was yesterday when I was on my second visit to a friend’s place to feed and “litter” her three cats while she is away for two weeks when I realized … cats … tomorrow babysitting the dog … and oh, I made bunny pancakes today. Now there’s a title for a blog!

It seems an appropriate weekend to write about being of unselfish service to others.

On Easter weekend, Christians celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. Members of the Jewish faith celebrate the exodus of the Hebrews to freedom. (If you’ve forgotten that story, the movie “The Ten Commandments” is on TV tonight.) Moses gave up the riches of being an Egyptian prince for the ultimate servant leadership to the Hebrew people.

Sacrifice and service. When was the last time you gave service to others?

Besides helping your friends with their pets when they go out of town, you can make a huge impact on your local community. Volunteering your service does more than help those who are served, it can give you a great sense of satisfaction. There are so many needs in society today, frankly I would have a hard time if I had to select just one cause to devote my time to. I’d like to fix it all!

If you don’t know where to begin, check out VolunteerMatch.org. There you can register and select the causes you are passionate about. You can search the website yourself or sign up to receive emails of volunteer opportunities at local events that match your areas of interest.

The tasks are simple and usually require no special skills, just your time and willing hands. Opportunities range from registrations at charity walks to tutoring children to stuffing envelopes and packing food bags. You pick when and where you want to serve.

Well-known organizations on the list include March of Dimes, Best Buddies, Habitat for Humanity and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

My life of volunteering began years ago when the company I worked for facilitated volunteer opportunities where employees could attend as a group and help the cause. In recent years, I’ve participated in a “bag-stuffing” competition at a local food bank with fellow employees. Another employer adopted a local elementary school and allowed employees to tutor on work time. After I left that company, I registered as a tutor on my own.

Once you start serving, it becomes addictive. The good feeling you get from helping others is better than any other “rush” that you can get elsewhere. Try it, you’ll like it!

I much prefer “Honey-sitting” to “kitty-care” but we won’t tell anyone!

By the way, in case you are wondering, this is what bunny pancakes are….

Easter Pancakes