today is earth day. i am going to spare you all the scary statistics, the disturbing yet enlightening photos of environmental degradation around the globe, and all the "helpful hints" and information about all the things we should be doing as citizens of the big blue marble to ensure its health and longevity.
we know what we need to do, we just need to do it. individually, collectively, in our communities and in our country. and what we don't know, we need to find out. and we need to offer our support and our resources towards that end.
so instead of all of that, i bring you a lovely video of this lovely planet we call home. a celebration of all that is good and beautiful and amazing about this planet.
when i think of my favorite places on this planet, my celebrations, i think of all the places that are so beautiful, and that i'd love to visit some day.
but mostly i think of the wind against my face on the headlands of mendocino on the northern coast of california. and the sweet grass smells of the plants there. i think about the crunch of gravel under my boot as i hike in the sierras. how the sun shines differently in california.
i think of the cool of a very early summer morning in the central valley where i grew up. before it got hot. really hot. and the smell of the miles of agriculture that surrounded my town. good smells. smells of fields and growing and life. it was comforting, and a touchstone. an imprint. and to this day i remember it so vividly even though it's been decades.
when i think of celebrating the earth i think about the bats and the birds and the bees in my own yard. how their return each year is fantastic and magical and just how it should be.
it is in that spirit that i bring you the following video. happy earth day!