Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day 2012

Earth Day! It all began on April 22, 1970. Hats off to Wisconsin’s then Senator Gaylord Nelson, father of Earth Day, who had an eye for the future and passion for taking care of the environment.

What can you do to commemorate the day?

--Take a walk in the woods. Bring along a child or a grandchild, and walk quietly. Listening, watching, feeling, taking it all in.

--Plant a tree.

--Watch a sunset. Do it several times. No two are alike. Sunrises are great as well, sometimes even better.

--Start a vegetable garden. It doesn’t have to be more than a few rows. What a great feeling it is to know that you grew this food—and that the travel time, and cost, to deliver it to you was nil.

--Encourage your child or grandchild to help you in the garden. So they will know that carrots grow in the ground, that green beans grow on bushes that sweet corn grows on stalks. And that weeds need hoeing.

--Pull a copy of Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac from the shelf and read a few chapters—A Wisconsin story, this book. A sand country story.

--And when you’ve finished with Sand County Almanac, try a few chapter of Walden, Henry David Thoreau’s masterpiece.

--Listen to a pair of sandhill cranes flying overhead, calling their mysterious and ancient call.

--Take a child or a grandchild fishing. A great way to enjoy the outdoors—and learn something about patience at the same time. You also just might catch a fish.

--Go for a walk.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Let’s make Earth Day every day!


April 27, 4:30 p.m. Friends of Wisconsin Historical Society: Old World Wisconsin (Eagle, WI, Dinner, auction, and presentation on BARNS OF WISCONSIN.

April 28, 11:00 – 4:00. Wisconsin Public TV at Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose. Residents of the area are asked to bring in family farm photos for possible inclusion in a documentary film about farm life in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that Wis Public TV is doing. Photos will be immediately scanned and returned.

April 29, 2:00 p.m. Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, WI. I will be discussing my Ames County series of novels: THE TRAVELS OF INCREASE JOSEPH, BLUE SHADOWS FARM, IN A PICKLE and CRANBERRY RED. Free to the public.

May 7, 7:00 p.m. Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI Barns of Wisconsin. Ozaukee County Historical Society.

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