Earth Day. Why?

Earth Day, Green Planet

If you don’t protect her, she won’t protect you. It’s just that simple. Today is the observance of Earth Day and while our calendars denote that this day is designated to serve as a  reminder about the importance of respecting our planet, conserving energy and being the caretakers of creation we were meant to be, protecting Mother Earth should naturally be an individual, committed and personalized mantra each of us should be cognizant of employing every day.

The toxicity of air pollution, water pollution, and soil pollution are indicators of our carelessness and recklessness that diminish the quality of life Mother Earth produces. Do we realize how intimately our lives are affected by the health and wellbeing of this universe we inhabit? What has happened to our compassion, sensitivity, and appreciation for our beautiful planet that is being destroyed, simply because we have neglected her or failed to see and protect the beauty that abounds all around us?

As I stepped outside this morning to admire the new blossoms and buds on my rose bush, I saw the brilliance of a little red ladybug sitting on one of the leaves and watched her enjoy my rose bush just as much as I did, even if our reasons were different. You don’t have to take on a mass environmental project, but you could do what you can in your neck of the woods, or city, to contribute to the preservation and growth of this planet. Earth Day. Do we really need a day to remind us of something we should be incorporating into our level of consciousness every day? Hmmmm… Just a thought.

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What If Wednesday: Are We Exceedingly Consumed by Consumerism?

Consumerism, Pollution, Landfill, Trash, Hedonic Treadmill, Happiness

We have become a disposable society. Instead of repair and retention, it’s easier to simply choose to throw out and replace. In spite of the fact that although recycling is increasing, polluting our landfills with excessive trash is creating a growing problem of toxicity creating more tragic endings. Many cities lay in waste, desolate and uninhabitable. The land is forsaken.

Growing up, the resounding saying, “Waste not, want not” was especially spoken during mealtimes if we quickly decided to absently throw away good food, that someone dying of hunger would gladly take off of our hands. We weren’t reminded too often of that possibility, which evolved into a mild threat where wastefulness was not tolerated, at least not in our household.

And what about that hedonic treadmill, where we return to our set level of happiness as efforts or interventions to improve our happiness (like more money or more stuff) have a transient effect on our wellbeing? We shift our perspective on the question of whether or not more consumerism will truly buy us more happiness. Do we really need the latest, and most updated gadget to make us happy or simply for bragging rights? I’ve experienced that our attitude and awareness shows us that simplicity is gradually becoming a more accepted way of life. More stuff does not constitute a better and more satisfied life. That’s just my opinion.

Happy #WhatIfWednesday!

Weather I Write or Not

Snowing, Snow Showers, Winter Weather

No doubt I, like other writers pull out our pens and keyboards and seek a nostalgic moment of clarity in the presence of atmospheric climate pattern changes. Yesterday morning I watched powdered sugar coated snowflakes whisper to leafless branches of oaks and maples while stroking the long slender needles of pines, and landing silently on any surface that welcomed its presence.

Is there a brilliance of creativity dancing in the nucleus of observation, a brilliance that forces us to stop, listen and look to where the depths of spiritual discovery lies in the genius of weather-related silence? And how do our moods change and our heart rate intensify when the ferociousness of wind, rain and snow strike violently like a bold slap on the face when such gentleness turn to brutal storms?

For now, I marvel at this scene of falling flakes as I’ve witnessed many times before as if this is the first time. I never tire of moments like this when I stare at showers of flakes disappearing in a flush of gentle kisses on top of the lake. I would be remiss not to say thank you God for the opportunity to show my gratitude in a moment like this, “weather” I write or not.

Harvest Moon Light Poetry

Harvest Moon, Lunar, Moon

Image Credit: Pixaby

This year has been a historically exciting year of astronomical events around the world. From the Comet 45P/HMP in February to the Lyrids meteor shower in April to the Total Solar Eclipse in August, there is no doubt a great deal of galactic activity constantly going on above us, whether we are aware of them or not.

Get ready stargazers because tonight you get to witness the Harvest Moon. Although it most commonly appears in September, this is the closest full moon to the autumn equinox appearing tonight. It is traditionally known as the Harvest Moon because it gave farmers more light and time to gather their crops for the winter. So grab those binoculars and telescopes and drink in the grand mystique of tonight’s Harvest Moon! Of course, many of the moon’s surface features are also noticeably visible.

Harvest Moon Light

Look up, can you see it
ascending majestically on the eastern horizon
as the sun descends in the western sky
the crown of a perfect lunar sphere rises
an orange radiance illuminating in the twilight
I want to mount on a hill and sing passionately
like the lovesick harmony of a wolf’s howl
the light of the night, shine on Harvest Moon.
– ©Kym Gordon Moore

The Poetry Energizer: Windmill Rising

Poetry, Windmills, Energy

Energy. We are a nation of overindulging consumers. In our ongoing search for energy-efficiency, however, there are many simple things each one of us can do to conserve energy. One of the most affordable forms of electricity today is wind energy. Windmills have been around for centuries and with recent improvements in turbine technology, consumers can take advantage of affordable costs for wind energy.

I love the artistic, architectural uniqueness and functionality of a windmill. These mammoth wind-driven towers are well known in any landscape it resides. In honor of the windmill, I would like to pay tribute to these incredible structures with my poem, Windmill Rising.

Windmill Rising

Here I stand, an artistic pillar
in a picturesque prairie amid wild flowers
a stealth tower lavished by tall grass and wheat
overseeing the brackish waters of an estuary

like the nose of an airplane, I valiantly emerge
from the ground my post is hollow, towering or smock
rotating energy through sails, blades or vanes
converting a sweep of the wind, I dare stand

like the roundhouse kick of a black-belt ninja
generating electricity, extracting groundwater
wind pumps, turbines, gristmills, the power wheel
I am wind-driven, mighty I pump, stoically I stand.

© Kym Gordon Moore

Recreationl Adventure in the Park

Park and Recreation Month , Parks, Recreation

Image Credit: nrpa.org

Regardless of whether parks are local or National picturesque landscapes, they are an adventure in so many natural and historical ways. July is Park and Recreation Month and the National Recreation and Park Association urges, everyone, to discover the power of play and adventure. What are some of the local or national parks you have visited or plan to visit? Parks are explorations of recreational fun to relish and enjoy.

We’re going to pause for a few minutes to spotlight some breathtaking views from a few of our national parks that can take your breath away. Enjoy!

national parks, parks and recreation month, landscape

Utah’s Arches National Park Scenic View

 

Acadia National Park, National Parks, Parks and Recreation Month

Pall in Acadia National Park

 

Mt. Rushmore, Parks and Recreation Month

Mt. Rushmore

 

Desert View Tower, Grand Canyon, National Parks, Parks and Recreation Month

Desert View Tower, Grand Canyon

 

Yellowstone National Park , Parks and Recreation Month, National Parks

River winds through the wilds of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

 

Sand Dune near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Sand Dune near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park

 

Glacier National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Wildflowers in Glacier National Park

 

Saguaro National Monument, Parks and Recreation Month

Huge rock at top of a mountain at the Saguaro National Monument in Arizona

 

Bryce Canyon National Park, Parks and Recreation Month

Sun rises over the tall orange rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park

Celebrating the Earth

Earth Day, Environment, Nature, From Behind the Pen

Image source: Divine Organics

Our world is full of life, but it is in trouble due to the destruction we are largely creating. Do you believe climate change is real? I certainly do, simply from witnessing opposing seasons interlocking at some point with each other and on the other side of the world, glaciers are melting in temperatures way below zero.

Earth Day is on April 22 and is the world’s largest environmental movement. Since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, with a focus on education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

This year’s campaign is “Environmental & Climate Literacy.” Learn more about how you can get involved and take action to eliminate pollution, planting trees and tending gardens, curbing greenhouse emissions or to help power the movement. Visit the Earth Day Network.