Monday, April 22 is Earth Day. When I published my first book in 1970 (The Land Still Lives, Wisconsin House), I asked Gaylord Nelson, U. S. senator, former Wisconsin governor and the founder of Earth Day to write an introduction to the book. Senator Nelson wrote:
Today the crisis of the environment is the biggest challenge facing mankind. To meet it will call for reshaping our values, to put quality on a par with quantity as a goal of American life. It will require sweeping changes in our institutions, national standards for the goods we produce, a humanizing of our technology, and close attention to the problem of our expanding population.
Most of all, it will require that the people assert their right to a decent environment and that they evolve an ecological ethic of understanding and respect for the bonds between man and his planet.
What Senator Nelson said in 1970 is as important today, even more important than then.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Spring has just got to be hiding somewhere. But where?
STORIES FROM THE LAND: Look for my twice-monthly column in THE COUNTRY TODAY newspaper. First one will appear on April 24.
April 23, Larry Meiller Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, 11-11:45 a.m.
April 25, Walworth Big Foot Historical Society, 6:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Days
April 30, Barnes and Noble, West Madison, 7:00 p.m. Launch of Limping Through
Life and Letters From Hillside Farm.
May 4, Plainfield Library, 10:00 a.m. Ames County Novels.
May 8, 6:30, Wisconsin Historical Society Museum (Downtown Madison) Breweries of Wisconsin. Dinner, need reservations.
May 9, Reedsburg Library, 7:00 p.m. Garden Wisdom
May 14, Trempealeau Library, 1:00 p.m. Trempealeau Fourth Graders and 7:00 p.m. Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.
May 15, Magers and Quinn Bookstore, Minneapolis. Presentation and booksigning.
May 18, Dregni’s, Westby. 10-2:00, Book signing.
May 19, Books and Company, Oconomowoc. 2:00 p.m. Book signing
May 23, Richfield Historical Society, 7:00 p.m. Stories from the land
May 24-31, Colorado
June 6, 7:00 p.m. Dane County Genealogy
June 7, 7:00 p.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Launch of LETTERS FROM HILLSIDE FARM and LIMPING THROUGH LIFE.
June 8, 11:00 -3:00 Book signing, Tri-County Thresheree, Plainfield
ANNOUNCEMENT: Interested in learning how to write you own stories? Sign up for one of my upcoming one-day workshops that I am teaching at The Clearing in Door County.
Saturday, June 22, 9-4
Saturday, November 3, 9-4
Contact The Clearing for further information and/or to sign up (www.theclearing.org).
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING “JERRY APPS: A FARM STORY” DVD
DVD Jerry Apps: A Farm Story List $16.95 The Patterson’s price only $15.00 ($20.00 shipped)
Special Bundle Offer exclusively by the Patterson:
Tamarack River Ghost & Jerry Apps: A Farm Story – List $43.90
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Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division St. PO Box 305
Wild Rose, WI 54984
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