6 April 2017 The Importance of Diversity, Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs CO) and The Couple Who Turned Barren Land Into a Wildlife Sanctuary (Pamela and Anil Malhotra’s story, Daily Good)

Hello to you today. I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are as you stop by here. I’m doing pretty good this morning. We are still navigating the night shift bit. Kyle was off yesterday and his body just wanted to go back to a normal sleep cycle. He tried staying up last night after we watched some great programs on KERA (http://www.kera.org/) – Nature (Owl Power), Nova (Himalayan Megaquake), Secrets of the Dead Leonardo Da Vinci and a show about the Aurora Borealis called Aurora Fire in the Sky. The only hard thing about watching programs on the television is there is no pause button lol. I told Kyle last night that how often is it you can watch a television station and actually enjoy all the shows and even the commercials?! Kind of surprised to see David Koch as a contributor and hope that is coming from a genuine place in him (http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/276-74/17574-pbs-and-the-koch-brother-scandal).  Anyhew….it sounds like Kyle’s part at work will be over soon and so will be our struggling with night shift living!

So the faces in my chalk drawings yesterday surprised me a bit and sad. The one of the man, came out looking a bit like Barack Obama to Kyle and I. After he emerged I found myself crying because I also thought of Trayvon Martin. The girl actually looks like a bit like the little girl who was part of the Himalayan Megaquake story we watched later in the day.

What came to me about these drawings was the importance to me that there always be diversity in the types of people on our planet. As things have intensified in our country in regards to immigration and foreign visitors, I found myself thinking, “I don’t ever want to walk down the street and only just see one color of skin, hear one type of music or hear just one type of language.”

We live in a neighborhood that has several Hispanic families and I love them. I love their music, the way they care about and treat each other, how they care about and treat us, their work ethic, their food and so much more. My immediate next door neighbors, Kyle and I may have had our differences through the years, but I wouldn’t want other neighbors.  In many ways our neighbors are like our family. We may not see or talk to each other everyday or agree on everything but we watch out for and care about each other.

This feeling I have for my neighbors translates to how I feel about this entire world. Each and every one of us, human or another form of life are here for a purpose. For too long, for too many walks of life, purpose has been defined by others and how much money they can throw around to maintain the status quo. I think it’s time for that to change.

Today’s feature story from the Daily Good is something I’ve talked about wanting to do with Kyle for years. If we ever came into a lot of money I would want to buy a large parcel of land and do what these folks did. If you have a lot of money to throw around, why not do something meaningful and lasting that will transcend your time here on earth and honor future generations? One of my favorite parks, Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs is another great example:

http://gardenofgods.com/park-info/park-2/park-history

By the 1870’s, the railroads had forged their way west. In 1871, General William Jackson Palmer founded Colorado Springs while extending the lines of his Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. In 1879, General Palmer repeatedly urged his friend, Charles Elliott Perkins, the head of the Burlington Railroad, to establish a home in the Garden of the Gods and to build his railroad from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Although the Burlington never reached Colorado Springs directly, Perkins did purchase two-hundred and forty acres in the Garden of the Gods for a summer home in 1879. He later added to the property but never built on it, preferring to leave his wonderland in its natural state for the enjoyment of the public. Perkins died in 1907 before he made arrangements for the land to become a public park, although it had been open to the public for years. In 1909, Perkins’ children, knowing their father’s feeling for the Garden of the Gods, conveyed his four-hundred eighty acres to the City of Colorado Springs. It would be known forever as the Garden of the Gods “where it shall remain free to the public, where no intoxicating liquors shall be manufactured, sold, or dispensed, where no building or structure shall be erected except those necessary to properly care for, protect, and maintain the area as a public park.”

You don’t have to be wealthy to create a sanctuary for wildlife — your own backyard can be one too!   

http://eartheasy.com/play_bkyd_wildhab.htm – Backyard Wildlife Habitat (check out the linked page if this interests you)

Enhance your backyard, create a fun project for the family and contribute to local wildlife conservation – develop your own Backyard Wildlife Habitat !

Any age can participate, you can go at your own pace and everyone enjoys the lasting benefits. Young children especially can learn the basics of nature appreciation through their own window into the natural world.

A basic understanding of the ways of nature is essential to our commitment towards stewardship of the natural environment.

I’m grateful that there are people in this world who understand their time on this earth is finite but the good they can do with their blessings has the potential to be everlasting. Your immortality shouldn’t leave scars on the earth and the hearts of it’s people.

http://www.dailygood.org/story/1555/the-couple-who-bought-barren-land-in-1991-and-transformed-it-into-a-300-acre-wildlife-sanctuary-shreya-pareek/

In wilderness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau

The Couple Who Turned Barren Land Into a Wildlife Sanctuary

Apr 6, 2017— Wouldn’t it be great to wake up to the sound of chirping birds, with fresh air and splendid scenery around? In the concrete jungle of our cities where even house sparrows are fast disappearing, this seems like a dream. But a couple has converted this dream into a reality by creating a wildlife sanctuary of their own. Passionate about wildlife and nature conservation, they bought 55 acres of land in India to plant native trees and protect the environment. Today, they are responsible for creating a wild life sanctuary that now spreads over 300 acres and is home to Bengal tigers, Asian elephants, hyena, wild boar, leopards, and more.

Some quotes that resonate today:

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste they hurry past it. Soren Kierkegaard

Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter. D.H. Mondfleur

When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. Abraham Joshua Heschel

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. Dorothea Lange

The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed. Mahatma Gandhi

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