My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day

When the eagle soars up, high above the earth,
Its shadow for the while is nowhere to be seen;
Yet bird and shadow still are linked. 
So too our actions:
When conditions come together, 
their effects are clearly seen.
~Jigme Lingpa, 18th c. scholar, 
"Treasury of Precious Qualities" 

Panian open pit coal mine, Semirara Island, Philippines
Credit: Expedition 23 Crew, ISS

Humans have extensively cut and cleared the tropical forest, 
vastly accelerating soil erosion. The red sediment in the river 
represents an irreplaceable natural asset. 
Very little of the original forest remains. 
Credit: NASA Space Shuttle

The more clearly we can focus our attention

on the wonders and realities of the universe about us,
the less taste we shall have for destruction.
~Rachel Carson

Deforestation of the Amazon forest to make grazing lands. 
Credit: NASA LBA-ECO Project 

By climbing up into his own head 
and shutting out every voice but his own, 
"civilized man" has gone deaf. 
He can't hear the wolf calling him brother - 
not master, but brother. 
He can't hear the earth calling him child - 
not father, but son.
~Ursula K. LeGuin 

Before I flew I was already aware
of how small and vulnerable our planet is;
but only when I saw it from space,
in all its ineffable beauty and fragility,
did I realize that human kind's most urgent task
is to cherish and preserve it for future generations.
~Sigmund Jähn, German Democratic Republic

Earth and her Moon (NASA) 

The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, 
our home that must be defended like a holy relic. 
~Aleksei Leonov, USSR

A Chinese tale tells of some men sent to harm a young girl 
who, upon seeing her beauty, 
become her protectors rather than her violators. 
That's how I felt seeing the Earth for the first time. 
I could not help but love and cherish her.
~Taylor Wang, China/USA

Credit: NASA, Apollo 11 

Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, 
in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, 
there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, 
a light, delicate sky-blue sphere 
laced with slowly swirling veils of white, 
rising gradually like a small pearl 
in a thick sea of black mystery. 
It takes more than a moment to fully realize 
this is Earth . . . home.
- Edgar Mitchell, USA

A Life Connected: VEGAN from

every day that we live here! :-)


  1. Mother Earth is surely ill.
    Nothing that can be fixed with a pill. keep her alive
    only a humanectamy will let her thrive.

  2. Happy Earth Day right back at you my friend. You find the most wonderful quotes and poems...including that perfectly matched one you left amongst the daffodils last week.
    Hope you're having a happy day.

  3. Wonderful post Laurie with such amazing quotes and images - 'a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery' is just so beautiful. If only more people could take on board the message of these people. Happy Earth Day matey x

  4. Happy Earth Day to you as well, TW. Thanks for the great care2 card and update. You two sure keep busy ;-).
    Wonderful post! You are a true friend of the Earth and all it's creatures...and I know you always will be. Oh, if just 10% of the world thought like you ;-).
    Take care and we'll have a good catching-up party one of these days. xoxoxo

  5. Very powerful post, Laurie. I absolutely adore it. <3

    Happy Earth Day to you!

  6. I just love that Jigme Linpa quote. Thank you so much. This is a powerful post.

  7. Great photos and words. I am afraid we need a revolution to stop corporate folks from ruining our mother earth. They are not listening, nor do they care, and will continue their onslaught of our lovely earth till there is nothing left. I know these are radical words but after all the years I have lived and experienced corporate greed I realize that they will continue in this destructive mode. Profits are everything. Also, the citizens of this earth need to stand up to these corporates and start living as if the earth mattered. -- barbara

  8. Everyone ~ I apologize for not replying to your comments sooner (and individually), but it's crunch-time around here on the new construction, with things happening quickly, meetings with our builder and various designers and suppliers, and big, challenging decisions needing to be made pronto. I didn't realize all this was bearing down on us this soon (and was glad I spent a rainy day last weekend writing today's ABC Wednesday post!)

    I wanted to thank all of you for your very kind and supportive words! I'm grateful for your appreciation of this post (and Mother Earth!) and that some of you found a quote that especially resonated with you.

    Trusses should go up on the new house today so I'll try to get photos and do an update post this weekend. Meanwhile, I wish you all a lovely spring week! xoxo

  9. Thank you for the beautiful reminders of how precious the earth is.

    The quote that I found most touching was Sigmund Jahn's. I think it was his sense of urgency.

    The thing that was in the video that struck me is that I always thought of buying organic as a personal decision - something I do to protec me. But in fact it's a choice that protects the earth by promoting organic farmers. I hadn't thought of it that way.

    I was a little late to view your earth day post but it's never too late to hear the message. Thanks


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