Posts Tagged ‘CoVID-19’

Guest Posting: Extinction or Distinction by Etta Lerman

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

NOTE: Etta is in my creative writing class and her essay seems very appropriate follow up for Earth Day and COVID issues. Thanx, Etta!

I have read and reread Maya Angelou’s poem “On The Pulse of Morning” that she read at Bill Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993. In that poem she speaks of a Rock, a River and a Tree, metaphors for our existence here on earth. I have found it truly inspirational and I would like to transpose those elements to ruminate on what we have learned in this past year of a sequestered life due to the pandemic.

Let me start with the Tree, stalwart, long lived, perhaps as long as 200 years or even more. The roots grow deep within the soil spreading out in all directions, unseen and exceedingly strong. It stands tall, proud and majestic but beyond its beauty it has a purpose. It serves to keep our forests temperate, shelters other living creatures, and helps to purify the air we breathe.

The River tends to wend its way uniting one community to another. It provides water for our sustenance, can be recreational and is a spawning place for a variety of precious species of life. Even as we contemplate its beauty, rippling and sparkling in the sun, does it not remind us of the many tears that have been shed, the many friends and relatives who will never again be able to experience this simple pleasure?

Now we come to the Rock, sedentary and almost indestructible. And that’s where we humans come into the picture. For a solid year we have been living sheltered beneath a rock. We are just beginning to crawl out from under. We are learning to congregate with other human beings. We have been self-absorbed, but have had time to contemplate. For the lack of so many creature comforts, we have a new appreciation of what life is about. Will we ever shake another hand, kiss a baby, attend a concert, a play or a movie without remembering what it was like when we were deprived of these commonplace things? Will we still feel the weight of the rock on our back because we are privileged enough to have survived? I think you will agree, it  has been a hard lesson to learn, but all the more precious.



MARCH: First Sign of Spring

Monday, March 1st, 2021

On our walk this morning, my husband and I spotted the first green shoots of crocuses. Yippee!

Here’s a lineup for March so far:

Stanley Fink’s Poem on trash entitled “Sacred Duty”:


       March 8, 2021


Nicole Bond’s Delicious Olive Bread recipe from her book: Paleo Harvest


St. Patrick’s Day (17th)  followed by my March Zoom Cooking Class (19th) with the topic of Eating “Green”: Land & Sea Veggies (Link coming soon!)



Review of Green Buddhism by Stephanie Kaza and possibly one more book.

March can be very cold and windy, but we know that Spring is on its way and hopefully fewer and fewer people contracting the COVID 19 virus.  Stay Safe and watch for crocuses!


March is also National Nutrition Month so I will post some Nutritional Bytes.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has a theme I like: In March, the Academy focuses attention on healthful eating through National Nutrition Month®. This year’s theme, Personalize Your Plate, promotes creating nutritious meals to meet individuals’ cultural and personal food preferences.

I offer nutritional services with the idea of developing a P.E.P. (Personal Eating Plan). If interested please contact me at:

Healthy food selection. Shopping bag full of fresh vegetables and fruits. Flat lay food on table



P.S. I just received a petition that cannot wait until Earth Day. Please read & sign:

Sign now
This is unbelievable. Giant fossil fuel companies are using an obscure international treaty to sue our countries for billions of dollars for shutting down coal plants and oil rigs. But insiders say that with a million voices, we can help fuel an almighty revolt by powerful countries at a critical meeting next week. Sign now with one click to stop this toxic treaty and tell everyone!



Dear friends,

This is outrageous — just as many countries are finally acting to stop climate change and protect the planet, fossil fuel giants are suing governments for billions.

It all happens because of a powerful international treaty that almost no one has heard of: the Energy Charter Treaty.

It was designed to encourage energy companies to invest in developing economies, but now it’s being weaponised to sue countries when they try to shut down toxic coal plants and oil rigs — wrecking our transition to 100% clean energy. Companies have already won over $50 Billion from taxpayer funds — and more and more countries are still getting caught in the trap.

But finally there’s a plan to scrap it. Italy has already withdrawn, and now France, Spain and others are calling for the treaty to go. If we champion their call with a 1-million strong petition, it could fuel a major revolt at critical negotiations next week. This is our chance to make sure no one is sued for acting on climate change. Sign now with one click:

To world governments and all signatories to the Energy Charter Treaty:

As world citizens, we call on you to pull out of the Energy Charter Treaty and stop its expansion to other countries. The treaty is incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement, and it allows coal, oil and gas corporations to obstruct our transition to a clean energy future. It’s time to disarm fossil fuel firms now, so they can no longer impede urgent climate action and put their interest above our public health and security.


This terrible treaty is basically the exact opposite of the Paris Climate Agreement. It punishes governments for moving off fossil fuels, and keeps us marching into a deadly future of drowning cities, wildfires, and a catastrophic loss of life.

Take Italy: When it banned oil drilling off its coast, a British company sued the government for almost $300 million — nine times more than the company had even invested. That’s precious tax money that could otherwise have been used for renewable energy, schools, or hospitals.

And so no matter where you are in the world, this treaty affects you. To beat climate change, we need a huge global transition to green energy — but if some countries are being held back, the entire global effort is sabotaged.

Insiders from opposing countries tell us that strong public support could tip the balance ahead of a critical meeting in days, and get a critical mass of countries to quit the treaty. So let’s make it happen — sign now and Avaaz will deliver our voices directly to key leaders, and with an ad in one of Europe’s top media outlets:


Climate change is the fight of our lives. But there’s now so much momentum on our side — and bit by bit our movement is dismantling the systems that are pushing our planet to the edge. The actions we take today will echo through generations to come. For our children, for the forests, the oceans, and everything we care about, we can’t stop now, and we won’t.

With hope and determination,

Marie, Martyna, Pascal, Luis, Mike, Anneke, Alice, Patricia, Mario, Nick, Daniel, and the entire Avaaz team