Five for Friday: NPS, Earth Day

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Olympic National Park, July 2015

1.   Saturday begins National Park Week, and Saturday, April 21, is fee-free day at the parks. Learn about other special events here. Take a hike!

2. Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. The Earth Day Network is focusing on plastic pollution this year. Get involved or just learn more here.

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A Birthday Post / Poem about a Whale Ear Bone

Not my birthday…

But a very Happy Birthday to my favorite person to go walking with!

From Mt. Diablo in California... the hike that got me hooked on hiking thanks to Chris!
From Mt. Diablo in California… the hike that got me hooked on hiking thanks to this guy!

It’s also been four years since the day we decided to take a lifelong walk together… Happy Anniversary!

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And a poem:

Philip’s Birthday

I gave,
to a friend that I care for deeply,
something that I loved.
It was only a small

extremely shapely bone
that came from the ear
of a whale.
It hurt a little

to give it away.
The next morning
I went out, as usual,
at sunrise,

and there, in the harbor,
was a swan.
I don’t know
what he or she was doing there,

but the beauty of it
was gift.
Do you see what I mean?
You give, and you are given.

– Mary Oliver

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Continue reading “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”