All Posts for July 2017

Make Do by Mary Lou Meyers

Friday, July 28th, 2017

This poem by my classmate Mary Lou is perfect for Earth Day Every Day! I am posting it on the Home Page, Poetry Page, and Earth Day Every Day Page. es

 

Words forged on the home front, “make do,”
holes in our socks, soles worn through.
Paper Sole Sammy made them look like new.
Mother spared, “a stitch in time saves nine.”
Invisible patches on suits and Sunday dresses,
turning collar and cuffs on Dad’s work shirt a must.
I learned to darn socks over a bulb with bold weaving
till with practiced hand, it became deceiving.
Many long braids untouched by scissors or machine wave,
in patriotic fervor donated for Navy instruments.
“Junk can win the war,” saved paper, cans, and more.
Castoffs on the side of the road a storehouse
filling my dream, a two wheeler from parts made whole,
good as new with leftover auto paint, heavenly blue,
a heavy weight, but Dad said it strengthened my legs.
Neighborhood, “hand me downs,” were a way of life,
an art form to take scraps of material left
from Mother’s outfit to make one for me.
Unraveling wool from dad’s worn sweater,
saving the best to knit a red vest for my brother.
Country cousins sewed and pressed floral feed sacks,
did their best for a one of a kind back to school dress.
We made “do” without a car walking back and forth
saving nickels instead of bus fare to the store, parings
composted in our Victory Garden nourished the soil and us.
Meat and butter a rarity with rationing,
when company came, mother exchanged poor man’s bread
for poor man’s cake, raisins in a smiley face on top.
“Cheap” was not a word of blame but praise,
going green and recycling was what we naturally did,
joy in finding or growing something useful and free.
Today’s trash could turn into tomorrow’s necessities.
Will those Good Times ever happen again?
The populace blended when “Make Do” was the thing to do.

Sierra Club’s “Earth Day Every Day” Request

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

NOTE: I am posting two Earth Day Every Day articles back-to-back because I think they are too important to wait!

Sierra Club is alerting us to protect Mother Earth. Let’s do our part by contactingour representatives with thelink below. Thanx!

Explore. Enjoy. Protect.
Polluters and their allies are up to their same dirty tricks again. And this time it means not only huge cuts that threaten our clean air, water, climate, and public lands, but attempts to open up more pristine areas like the Arctic Refuge for drilling. 

Proposed cuts mean more asthma attacks, heart attacks, and premature deaths from slashing basic enforcement, meaning dirtier air and water, all while forking over giant giveaways to corporate polluters.

When Trump and anti-environment radicals tried to make these cuts earlier this year, your calls and emails shut it down— protecting funding for the EPA, national parks, and clean air and water.[1]

Now let’s do it again. Tell your members of Congress to protect clean air, clean water, our shared public lands, and the climate.

With the Senate at an impasse over healthcare, it’s likely that we could see these bills moving this week. At the same time, the budget is moving through the House, where polluters’ allies tried to sneak in the Arctic drilling giveaways.

They think they can get away with it because no one is paying attention. You can show them how wrong they are.

Your emails have an impact. 92 percent of elected officials said that individual email messages from their constituents influence their decisions[2]so make sure you take the time to personalize your message!

Now is the time to contact your Representative and Senators. Send them a message now.

Thanks for everything you do to protect the environment,

Kirin Kennedy
Associate Legislative Director
Lands and Wildlife
Sierra Club

References

[1] 14 Ways Trump Lost Bigly on the Budget Deal #3 No Cuts to EPA

[2] Citizen-Centric Advocacy: The Untapped Power of Constituent Engagement, Congressional Management Foundation

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