November 18, 2015

Silent Spring is Even More Relevant Today

Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" was almost single-handedly responsible for the banning of DDT. We look around us and see all the destruction that has led us to this place where Global Climate Change is the biggest threat to our existence. We see corporations and those who are in the pockets of corporations screaming that Climate Change is not real, because they not only will not admit what they have done, but they want to squeeze every last penny out of the earth, no matter how many lives they destroy or how much they imperil our future.

So saving the planet really is up to us. We have to save our natural environment one tree, one plant, one animal at a time. Our government isn't going to help us. Corporations aren't going to help us. Only we can do it. If everyone planted one tree or one perennial every month for a year, if everyone grew one vegetable plant to help feed their families, if everyone gave $1 to an organization that cleans up the oceans and the air and saves endangered species, we could do this.

Christmas is upon us, and huge corporations like WalMart are counting on use to make them richer. Let's not do that! Instead of some useless piece of nothing this year, please donate to an environmental cause or plant a tree in someone's name, or if they are gardeners, send them seeds or a gift certificate from a nursery. Nobody in the world actually NEEDS another video game or more perfume. We NEED to replace what has been stolen from this planet and clean up the mess we have made.

Please don't be blinded by the sales and the bright lights and displays that entice you to SPEND! SPEND! SPEND! Please consider the environment this year. Even if you only do this for one friend or family member, all of us together can make a huge difference. Or maybe just buy them this book.

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November 14, 2015

Paris, My French Heritage and My Broken Heart

This is Paris, where people grow beautiful gardens on their rooftops because there is nowhere else to put them. It's a place full of people with a  joie de vivre that enfolds all who enter there. We hear that the French are arrogant, that they hate Americans, but that is not my experience with my beautiful Parisian friend Catherine. She is loving, kind and generous, and although she has become an American citizen, she is still distinctly Parisian.

Many of my ancestors on both sides of my family were French Huguenots, protestants who came to this country to escape persecution and murder by the French Catholic church. Although much diluted through the centuries, French blood still runs through my veins. So I was devastated by the bombings in Paris. I actually screamed and cried, just like I did when the churchgoers were murdered in Charleston, SC -- the home of my Huguenot ancestry in this country.

I don't understand the level of hatred that exists in the world today. I don't understand religious hatred at all. I can't even fathom a religion whose God wants people to go out and kill innocents simply because they do not believe as the murderers do. I know many Muslims, and I can tell you right now that not one of them believes this. NOT ONE.

Just like most Christians don't believe in bombing people and burning churches. 

I was thinking today about how the American Christian right keeps saying there is a "war on Christianity" in this country, simply because we say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. How can they not realize that any time you use the word "war," you are inciting people to violence?

Look long and hard at ISIS, people. THIS is what your "war on Christianity" would look like, if there actually was one, which there isn't. Are you willing to murder thousands of innocent people because someone doesn't believe in Jesus? If you are, you are insane. If you aren't, JUST STOP CALLING IT A WAR! The war is in your head, probably put there by idiots on fake "news" channels like Fox and so-called "pundits" like the disgusting Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck who espouse hatred every day. It's born of radicalized preachers who twist the words of the Bible and tell you what the gospel means. It breaks my heart to see you willingly being led so astray.

Why can't you see what they are doing to you? You are shocked by Americans being radicalized by Islam, but you aren't shocked when one of your own is so radicalized that he blows up or burns down a church or murders an abortion doctor like they did my cousin? Yes, my family is a victim of your "war on Christianity," but it wasn't ISIS or Al Quaeda who killed my cousin, it was YOU...the so-called Christians who swear we are trying to destroy you.

SOMEWHERE, JESUS IS CRYING. He didn't teach this. He doesn't want this.

YOU ARE NOT IDIOTS! You know right from wrong. Stop letting other people tell you what's in the Bible. Stop letting them interpret those words for you. Read it yourself and interpret it with love in your heart. You can start here:

Matthew 721st Century King James Version (KJ21) 
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. 
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, ‘Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye,’ and behold, a beam is in thine own eye?Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

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