Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our Earth Is Crying............Maybe A GIVE-AWAY Will Help


You may have noticed here on my blog, and for that matter on Ron's blog as well,
that we enjoy being in 'nature' pretty well on a daily basis.


 It has always given us a sense of calmness starting back in the 1970's 
when we camped outdoors, hiked and cycled everywhere....
even in the Canadian Rockies one summer.


It has become our 'drug of choice' one could say. It is and has always been important for us
to get out and look around at the beauty that is everywhere.


As most of us have heard, our planet is in extreme danger now due to a number things....
all of which I am not going to get into here.
We are heading to a point of no return some experts think,
unless we all take heed and begin to live differently and change our priorities.


That is why I ordered a very recently published book 
last week (in fact I ordered two) to see what a group 
of enlightened people have to say on the ecological crises facing our earth.

The name of the book: 'Spiritual Ecology, THE CRY of the EARTH'.


I think this is the most important issue facing humans today.

If we don't do something now, future generations won't know what it is like
to enjoy a walk in a city park admiring the ferns that grow out of a huge
rock wall. Simple as that.

I haven't read this book yet but plan to start tonight.

If you would like a copy to read....as I said I ordered two ....
I have one to GIVE AWAY.

All you have to do is:

1. Be a follower of this blog (old or new one)

2. Leave a comment on this post stating why you think this is an important issue
(that is, if you do think it is an important issue)

I will do a random draw of all the names submitted
 at midnight, Atlantic Standard Time,
on Wednesday, July 31.

This is open to anyone, anywhere.

Here is a photo of the book:




39 comments:

  1. LOVE the new header!! You are so good about changing it often. I assume you took that picture, right?

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks. Yes I took it last weekend on MacDonald Hill about 5 minutes from here.....needed some cooler air, and we got it.

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  2. Your photos go so well with your words, and the book, great contributors, from all walks of life, and the message is clear, do something NOW, or it will be too late. Our world is changing so much, wildlife in danger, bush and forest areas cleared for "progress", lakes polluted, farming land subdivided for urban population, chemical poisoning of wild animals, land and streams, I would so like a copy of this book, I can see it offers so much. Your green photos do much to reinforce the message today, beautiful fern fronds. Fond greetings from Jean.

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    1. Hi Jean! I know how important this issue is to both you and Hugh as you are out in nature as much as possible.
      Yes, I thought these photos would 'get home' the point I was trying to make. Thanks.

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  3. So clearly an important issue. Your breathtaking photos should remind everyone how much we risk losing and the impact it has in every aspect.

    (But I do wonder, is the initial reason you and Ron started camping all those years ago at the base of those shady trees because there were lots of mushrooms to be found? It WAS the '70s.)

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    1. LOL! Now Mitchell, we need to chat! I'll have you know kind sir that 'mushrooms' were not a part of our diet back in the 70's. Can you just imagine two guys on bicycles riding through the rockies? Yikes!
      Yes, we will (or future generations will) have a lot to lose alright.

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  4. Gorgeous photos and an important message Jim. I can't think of two better ambassadors for this cause than you and Ron. xo

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    1. Thanks Nancy. And you could be our deputy, as you and hubby also appreciate our environment being as healthy as possible.

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  5. Well, you can certainly count me in on this, Jim. Like you, Ron and Sophie, my hubby and I love the great outdoors. I can't think of a better place to be. I love to breathe in the air, listen to the sounds, see the beauty surrounding me....and photograph it all. Respecting and taking care of our beautiful planet is vital.

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    1. What would we do without the beauty around us, Martha?! Can't imagine this all being gone in a few generations. We all have to start speaking out...especially to politicians at voting time.

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  6. Great giveaway! There is no more important issue than protecting what sustains us. Human greed is killing us.

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    1. Couldn't agree more, Debra! Without sustaining our environment there will be nothing left to sustain.

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  7. Beautiful pictures, as always, Jim! Your nature photography is outstanding. I imagine NS is such a beautiful place on Earth and much different than Oklahoma! (And, btw, Oklahoma is not the Dust Bowl anymore.) Visited an old growth forest in Alaska once, and it took my breath away. One of my favorite places is the redwood forest in California. I could live there in an old redwood like a hobbit!

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    1. Thanks Liz! You know I would imagine Oklahoma, like most places around the world, have beautiful places as well. I don't think of your state as a Dust Bowl....I think of it as open country of rolling hills....and so much more! Oh yes, and GREAT ESTATE SALES!! lol
      I have heard that the Redwood Forest is 'out of this world'. Yes, I can see your place now......decorated with the best if 'vintage' and not at all overstated!!

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    2. I was just informed that we did drive through the Redwood Forest and I do remember this now....I need a 'good nudge' now and again!!lol

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  8. I think your drug of choice is pretty much the BEST drug around! : )

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    1. Hi Becky! Good too see you. Yes, I am 'high' mostly every day of the week now!! lol Can't beat the 'outdoors'!

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  9. Hi Jim, beautiful greens here! I also love your new header.

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    1. Hi Linda.Good to see you today. The 'greens' popped out at me yesterday as walked down this path at the park in the shade. You would have loved it, as I know how much you appreciate 'nature'.
      Thanks, I am happy with the new header too.....after a bit of editing it turned out nicely.

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  10. gorgeous photos-as always Jim, yes I agree this is an important issue to learn more about and discuss. I try to do what I can with recycling, I make my own laundry soap in a 5 gallon bucket-good for the enviroment and my clothes, I buy allot of my craft from resale shops-so I am recyling something into something new when I can.
    put down for the book please would love the chance to win and read it

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    1. Kathy, you and your husband have in a sense 'returned to the land' and are living like most of us could live....in a very sustainable way.
      Maybe in our own little way we are starting the conversation here.

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  11. Beautiful green ferns! I like the wind surfers in your header too.

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    1. And they were very green in that shade!! thanks Pat. That sport has really caught on here the past few years.

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  12. This was a beautiful and scary post.

    I feel so helpless in my fight for nature. I do what I can, compost, recycle, reuse.

    I find a lot of people don't care.

    Thank you for spreading the word

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    1. Hi V! I feel the same way too. But if we each do what we can, then maybe that will spread to others.
      Good to see you....find any good Pyrex lately?

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  13. I loved the green of your photos. I am sorely lacking green here in this the third year of a drought. I love animals and they depend on this earth as much as we do. It is a tragedy to see photos of polar bears without ice, for example. To see so many becoming extinct because of us. On my blog, I have some Native American wisdom, I don't know how many have read it:

    "Treat the Earth well: it was not given to you by your parents,
    it was loaned to you by your children.
    We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
    we borrow it from our children."

    ---Native American Proverb

    We do indeed borrow the earth from our children and it is shocking to me how few of those in power to change things seem to understand this very simple concept.

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  14. Thanks so much for this Inger. What an interesting way to look at this.

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  15. LOOKS like a wonderful book with such an urgent message. Would love to be included in your list of possibles for this give away. Love the quote that Inger posted above. so Powerful

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    1. That is a great quote Jeanne that Inger posted. Consider yourself included. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Soph! I am surprised that you would put me in this situation!! LOL!

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  17. An interesting title! I love the outdoors too!

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    1. It's an interesting book as well Lisa and I am sure you would enjoy the read.

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  18. Jim- you know I love the great outdoors and agree that we need to take care of our playground!! I'm here to support your great giveaway-- but don't let me win-- I don't want you to have to pay to ship the book-- it's beautiful though. A wonderful prize for sure:)
    Vicki

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    1. Vicki, if you win I think you would really appreciate this book especially because you, like the rest of us, respect and cherish this planet of ours.
      The winner could come from a much farther away location than you!! I insist you participate!! There, settled!! lol

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  19. Hey Jim! Count me in for the drawing!!!!! I've been rereading some of your posts and catching up on ones I've missed. I was going to (and will) comment on the last one. I am very concerned about the physical world we are leaving behind us ~ this is the most critical problem facing humankind.

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    1. I agree Louise. Without a healthy planet there won't be much left for future generations.

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  20. So, a week later, how did you find the book?!?

    As a city dweller, my preference, I've always favored including green elements in our urban settings for their beauty and also for their importance in our quality of living. I live in a "hot spot", where it is too hot and polluted and where greenery is insufficient to compensate the amount of concrete and dust. It's like living in a convection oven... but as you know quite well, I try to show in my pictures the bright side, generally!!

    The environment has always been a concern of mine, and aside from all that we consume in resources and food [which has reached appalling proportion], there have been so many incidents that have generally been mismanaged, and authorities and companies try to make us believe the impact were benign, I never believe it so, and we can assume that all of these do not add up, but multiply exponentially, causing perverse effects which in turn cause others, und so forth... The equilibrium on this planet is fragile, and we seem hard bent as a species to destroy it. Has Mankind developed a death wish? Or are we so blind to the consequences of our actions/choices that we selfishly think things will mend themselves on their own, or simply leave the problem to future generations? The problem here is, we may face the consequences sooner than we think.

    I could go on, and on...
    but this is not MY plateform!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Thanks for your insights Bruno. Yes, we are teetering on the precipice that could forever change the planet as we know it. I really think we are in great danger especially that most people just don't care or feel it is real.

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