The Glad Hand of Spring

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“A forsythia inside the courtyard of École Normale Supérieure (Paris)”, Copyright 2005 David Monniaux, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

The Glad Hand of Spring

Golden shooting stars fall toward the earth,
A fragile graceful fountain,
Refreshing mental drought.
A burst of garden laughter,
The greeter at spring’s gate,
Forsythia!

(April 17, 1989)
Virginia Gambardella

Virginia writes: “I vividly remember the day I wrote this poem. I needed a poem for the church’s monthly bulletin, and I needed it immediately, so this was composed in a few minutes for the secretary. The forsythia grew outside the office window and I had in the previous two or three year reshaped it into a fountain (as it should not have been sheared off across the top like a privet hedge). By ‘89 it was outdoing itself, so in fact, deserved an ode to its beauty.”

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Virginia Gambardella lives in New York. She has one son, three grandchildren, and enjoys the following: people, holidays, antiques, nature, gardening, fishing, decorating, fashion, sharing knowledge, cooking, and baking. She’s a cancer survivor, a pancreatitis survivor, a widow, and the re-inventor of her life, “as necessary.”

 

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Monthly Museletter—April 2018

 

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“Lunar Libration” by Tomruen, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Today I’m again sharing Karla’s wonderful monthly newsletter. In April she explores Earth Day and offers some great films and videos and thought-provoking quotes. Thanks again, Karla!❤ —SK

P. S. If you’re from Colorado Springs and would like Karla’s full newsletter that includes local events, you can write her at karlaann45 @ gmail.com.

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If you’re not quite ready for the warm months . . . 
Snuggle up with the first documentary film, the 1922 silent B&W film NANOOK OF THE NORTH. It’s riveting and enlightening.

(If you’re from Colorado Springs, Karla notes that you can stream hundreds of movies free on your computer: sign up with your library card # on ppld.kanopy.com.

Can we PLEASE do what San Francisco is doing? We could easily follow these wise steps!

 

The magic and math of skating on thin ice is explained in this article by PBS.

“We will protect what we fall in love with.”
I am comforted that LIFE will continue, whether or not humans do. Louie Schwartzberg’s TED talk “The Beauty of Pollination” contains a 4-minute excerpt from his full-length documentary WINGS OF LIFE.

Of every 10 living things, NINE LIVE IN THE OCEAN! (Now do you feel like a minority?)

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it’s faced.”—James Baldwin

Botanical Animation
Take a trip into roots & seeds via this lovely animated botanical three-minute film, STORY OF FLOWERS (made for children). Directed by: Azuma Makoto; Illustration by: Katie Scott; Animation by: James Paulley.

Bear Love
When two bears’ paws are severely injured in a wildfire, a California veterinarian treats the burned paws with tilapia skin! Click to watch the amazing story.

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“Hello April” by Kenny Louie from Vancouver, Canada. Taken on April 14, 2008. Via Wikimedia Commons.

“Don’t go off sightseeing. The real journey starts exactly where you are.”—Rumi

Did you know?
One-third of New Zealand is protected park & marine reserves. New Zealand has 11 of the worlds 14 climates on two islands.

Deep Science
Geneticist Jennifer Doudna on CRISPR discovery & ethics.
(Note from S.K.Those of you who know me might be able to imagine how much this concerns me! Scientists in this field, in general, and in regard to this and other kinds of genetic-modification technology, have not had the best reputation for doing long-term research, holding inclusive discussions, and pinpointing exactly what all the long-term implications might be before forging ahead.)

“NATURE is an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour if we will only listen.” —George Washington Carver, African-American Horticulturist, Mystic, & Inventor

When I heard about 150 pilot whales dying after beaching themselves, I thought, “They’ve sacrificed themselves to wake us up to the deadly mess we’re making of the oceans with our pollution and plastics and sonic booms.” Could it be a parallel to the youth rising up saying ENOUGH?

“The Power of the People is much stronger than the people in power.” —Wael Ghonim, Egyptian-American

For Equinox, Ann & I walked the Benet Pines Labyrinth. I was contemplating a puzzle piece of pine bark, when this encouragement arrived, meant for all of us:
“With Good Intention, use all the Tools, Talents, Treasures, and Time you’ve been given. Ask Guidance and Wisdom from all Species, Elements, Ancestors, and Descendants. You’ve already made a difference . . . you can’t imagine the Difference you can still make.”—Karla

“I found God in myself, and I loved Her fiercely, oh fiercely.” —Ntozake Shange

Do you still like reading actual books? Then this article, “13 Female ‘Cli-Fi’ Writers Who Are Inspiring a Better Future” will surely appeal to you. To this list I would add Starhawk’s The Fifth Sacred Thing, hopefully becoming a movie in our lifetime!

EARTH DAY 2018: End Plastic Pollution
Countdown to April 22. Join up, find out what’s going on for Earth Day, sign some petitions, re-Tweet Earth-knowledge and pollution facts. Everything you’ll need is here on Earthday.org.

While April 22nd is our official “Earth Day”, I propose that we change that to EVERY day is Earth Day! How do you hope to help clean up and green up our planet this year? My wish is to plant a few trees (and many flowers), to reduce waste at home, and to continue to educate through writing and sharing the work of other green-hearts. S. K.

The Years Project should be on every Earth-lover’s film viewing list. Here’s the YouTube Page that has all the videos. Watch, share, and donate to The Years Project if you can!

Wild Spring Greens! Before dandelions bloom is the perfect time to harvest them for pesto. Check out Katrina Blair’s book, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds to get an education on thirteen free, delicious, readily available, and highly-nutritious weeds that you probably have in your backyard! As for that pesto, here’s a recipe from David Lebovitz that includes other creative and delicious uses for the green topping.

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“Yet ANOTHER Field of Yellow!” by Roger Kidd. Barnsley, Shropshire, April 20, 2007, via Wikimedia Commons.

Until next month . . . have a beautiful April!

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You’re Never Too Old

By Richard Mauch (1874-1921) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons copy

Galanter Herr on Summer Meadow (with dandelion), by Richard Mauch, 1921.

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Garden Dangers

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Photo by Tricia Knoll.

Garden Dangers

 Five days of rain blur boundaries.

The sword ferns sharpen fiddle heads
in stretching days.

Where the wind felled the alder crown,
Buddha wears slimy leaves and algae.

How soon the woods strawberries
send out their skinny creepers.

The sun shaft stabs silence
at fungi on the alder roots.

The creek runs off its mouth
where no one cares to listen.

—Tricia Knoll

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Tricia Knoll’s new poetry book, “How I Learned To Be White“, delves into how ancestry, childhood, education, and more form a concept of white privilege . . . and what work is required to see through that privilege and live in this multicultural world. She tends lavish gardens.

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On the First Day of Spring

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“Andean goose, Chloephaga melanoptera, sat in daisies”, 14 May 2014, by Francis C. Franklin of England, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

Virginia Gambardella sent a “Welcome to Spring” poem to me this morning. Within minutes, I found this image of a goose in a bed of chamomile. A charming goose, a charming little poem—our offering to you all on this first day of spring. (Thank you, Jinny.)—S.K.

Earth Born Stars

A hundred stars shoot from the earth
To kiss the sun at their rebirth,
They call hello and wave to all
Who wander by my garden wall.

Then petals fade, they smile no more,
My daisies at the kitchen door

June 1, 1989

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Virginia Gambardella lives in New York. She has one son, three grandchildren, and enjoys the following: people, holidays, antiques, nature, gardening, fishing, decorating, fashion, sharing knowledge, cooking, and baking. She’s a cancer survivor, a pancreatitis survivor, a widow, and the re-inventor of her life, “as necessary.”

 

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The Highest Evolution: Working with our Hands

The values we need are of knowledge: of how to live with Nature, of how to care, of how to share.

I think you’ll agreethere’s no one like Vandana Shiva. I hope you’ll enjoy this short film and her wisdom!—SK

 

 

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And this is the way to heal the world, too. —S.K.

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