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Be the Change

Back in February, I shared a post describing how upsetting it was to see so much trash along the road.  Thought I’d update you on what’s transpired since. After a few days of fussing, fuming, and ain’t it awfulling, Jerry and I started carrying a bag in which to collect the trash.  The pictures above are from the first week of our efforts to clean up along the five-mile loop we walk. Since we started performing this task, we have received some interesting reactions.  One morning, you high-school aged young man came up behind us on a skateboard. As he turned down a side street he called out, “Thank you for picking up trash,” as he held up his own bag. Several people have stopped to thank us for being good citizens.  A woman told us we were creating good karma. Another woman complained that it just made her sick to see all the trash. We replied that was why we brought along a bag. A few days later when we passed she called, “Now you’ve got me doing it.” “Good for you,” we replied.  The other morning we saw a couple of kids waiting for the bus. We stopped and picked up some discarded food containers in the street in front of their house. As we passed, we heard the little boy telling his sister, “Those people are picking up the stuff you dropped yesterday.  That’s not their job. You were supposed to throw that away. They don’t have to do that you know. You should have done it.” Gandhi told us, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He didn’t say, only change what is your job to change. We’ve decided that if it needs to be done and we can do it, it’s our job.  The two of us can’t possibly clean up the world, but we can clean up the part we walk through every day. Imagine the possibilities if everyone who reads this post chooses to do the same. Grab a bag and join us!                   

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Bee Kind

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To say that things are dry here is an understatement. Last Friday, I noticed that the honey bees were flying around one of the hummingbird feeders. I had not seen them show any interest in them before. I realized they were not only flying around it, they were actually crawling up into the openings and drowning in the sugar water. Knowing that it is critical that we protect our bee population, I took action. I made some more nectar, poured it in a pie tin, and placed it alongside the hummingbird feeder. Within 15 minutes, the bees discovered this new source of moisture. That evening, when they had all returned to their hive, I took down the feeder. This was the view from my window yesterday morning. Needless to say, we could not even go out on the front porch. Soooo…I put another pie tin of ”nectar” out in the back yard on a stump to lure our pollinator friends further from the house. Today, they are enjoying the new location and I can, once again, safely do my front porch sittin’. This was a stark reminder that all living things need water. The bees use it to keep the honey at a constant temperature by taking it back to the hive, spraying it on the honeycomb and fanning it with their wings. Nature is amazing! So satisfying to help out!