Good Old Days

I realize this is not the time of year normally dedicated to Earth Day, however, my granddaughter and I had an interesting talk over lunch. We think every day should be earth day, not just once a year. Here are some of our thoughts for making every day Earth Day.
1) recycle every way that you can, even by not taking a bag when you purchase one or two items
2) plant flowers that have low water requirements after being established
3) don’t fertilize your lawn (I know, I know – the lush, deep green color is attractive – BUT, it requires more water, which means more mowing, which means more gas in and more emissions out of your mower). Usually, by mid summer the color of non-fertilized is pretty much the same as the fertilized. My neighbor mows twice a week. I mow approximately once every two weeks. It adds up.
4) unless you expect a visitor, turn your outside lights off to reduce light pollution (or put them on a timer). Make the switch to LED.

My grandkids and their parents made it through their first week of school. Everything seems to be calmer now, for some reason. I went out and bought flagstone to finish a path in the backyard. The editor returned novel #2, so I can start correcting the errata. And so it goes.
Fall is always like this, a time of slowing down, taking stock, preparing for winter, and my favorite: appreciating the colors and the crisp air. I have some good hikes planned.
I went to a play at the college last night and had a delightful time. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). I haven’t laughed that much in a long time. I wish the energy of the world’s angry citizens could be channelled into such creativity and spirit as those students had that I watched last night. Then I remember that most of Shakespeare’s works were tragedies and I am reminded that the world has always been a tough place to live. The difference is: we have the “advantage” of the Internet now, so we know it immediately. That lets me end on another question. Were the “Good Old Days” good?

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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