Monday, April 20, 2009

Earth Week

Earth Day/Week looks to be especially appropriate this year as our sunny, warm and early spring continues and we're all totally enmeshed in the blooming all around us. I'm sure our Morning and Evening Prayer this Wednesday will be Earth Day based and full of images of our planet and fellow creatures and all living things.

One of our sisters took advantage of a spring afternoon at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) this weekend by going to a beach glass jewelry class. Erie's beaches are a veritable treasure of beach glass and the delicate necklace and earrings she made were lovely. Perhaps we're looking at a new product for our Chapter 57 gift shop.

"The Poet Comments on Yet Another Approaching Spring"

Don't flowers put on their
prettiness each spring and
go to it with
everything they've got? Who

would criticize the bed of
yellow tulips or the blue
So put a

bracelet on your
ankle with a
bell on it and make a
little music for

the earth beneath your foot, or
wear a hat with hot-colored
ribbons for the
pleasure of the

leaves and the clouds, or a least
a ring with a gleaming
stone for your finger; yesterday
I watched a mother choose

exquisite ear-ornaments for someone
beloved, in the spring
of her life; they were
for her for sure, but also it seemed

a promise, a love-message, a commitment
to all girls, and boys too, so
beautiful and hopeful in this hard world
and young.

Mary Oliver

New Easter Morning and Evening prayer (sidebar).