Earth Day

I did the Wednesday Question on our Facebook page and asked what people knew about Earth Day. Debby Ronan got the date right. Yesterday was the 51st such celebration, instituted by President Richard Nixon in 1970. I don’t remember hearing much about it before the 80s. Does your community do anything to celebrate this day? Individual neighborhoods usually schedule one of their several clean-up times on this day. Picking up trash is a big deal.

The bluebonnets have been beautiful this year.

My husband does a trash pick up in our neighborhood every week. Folks throw out their coke and beer cans and their McDonald’s bags with trash in them. I don’t understand that behavior. It seems to me, you could just stash it in your vehicle, and when you get home or to work or wherever you’re going, you could take it out of your car and dispense of it properly. Apparently there are lots of folks who don’t get that concept. My husband separates the recycle stuff from the straight trash and puts it in our bins. Of course, it would be better if we didn’t have trash to pick up in the first place.

Egret on our walkway

Planting stuff is a good thing to do to honor the earth, too. A couple of folks responding to the Wednesday question said they were planting trees and rose bushes. All good. I’m kind of a tree person. I think it comes from spending my formative years in El Paso, Texas with a giant desert in my back yard. I can never have too many green trees. The really tall ones make me stand and stare in awe.

Trees I used in PR for my last book to release. Pic was taken by SIL in Red River, NM

We like to share encouraging words here. I find nature, green trees, flowering plants, even a green pasture to be calming and inspiring at the same time. Fresh flowers whether in the yard, in pots or in cut on your dining room table can lift our moods. And animals can, too. On our lake, we are blessed to see a wide variety of critters.

Canada Geese. They are not here for long, but I love them.
Hydrangeas, my favorite.
My granddaughter’s school garden. A great way to teach kids about the earth.

In my last newsletter, I shared a link to the Farmer Almanac that has great ideas for celebrating Earth Day. Earth Day ideas for tomorrow, Lyrids peaking, aphids! (

If you didn’t do anything special for Earth Day yesterday, I hope this inspires you to look into things you can do over the coming year and look forward to making a statement last year. We’ve got to take care of this planet.

So did you do anything this year? What are your thoughts about this celebration? Does your child (grandchild) have a school garden? Do you live near trees or in a desert? Are you a mountain person or water person (this can be ocean, bay, or lake)? As always, I’d love to hear from you.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicki Batman says:

    Hi, Marsha, I’m hoping when all the workmen leave today (IT and Plumber), I will have a chance to plant the two antique rose climbers. I don’t get people throwing trash out of their cars. On a recent trip, I passed farm after ranch properties and the amount of plastic bags amazed me.

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    1. Hey, Vicki. Well, it will seem peaceful after those folks leave. Good luck getting the roses planted. They should get lots of good rain today, too. Texas used to make a fuss about all the trash on the roadside. You remember the Don’t Mess With Texas campaign? We need to reinstate it asap. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  2. I never understand how people can carefully carry those bags of food to the beach and then dump them on the ground when they’re done.

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    1. Hey, Jacquie. It seems counterintuitive. They are enjoying the beauties of nature and then “trash” it. So sad. We just have to let our thoughts be know. Peer pressure does work. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  3. While I hate that people disrespectfully leave the trash, I love that your husband has taken on this cause. Every little bit helps!

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    1. Hey, Darlene. Thank you for your kind words. It only takes all of us doing a little. Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂


  4. Pat Amsden says:

    I remain astounded by people who seem to consider the environment their own personal trash can.We need more people like your husband.

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    1. Hey, Pat. Thanks for your kind words about my husband. And I agree. If all of us would just pick up what’s in front of them. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


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