Sending Love to my Home- Earth

Dear Reader:

I realize that I am a day late sending this appreciation card to my beloved home planet-Earth Day was yesterday… but I felt a late ” thank you” was better than not sending one at all.

The older I get the more I appreciate how much my home means to me. I also realize that earth continues to teach us how our home is inter-related to the other planets in our galaxy. Take for instance the latest eruption from Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. For the first time in 800 years-this strip of land has been rocked by an eruption.

Volcanic eruptions are closely connected with life. Scientists are using the current eruptions in Iceland to better understand the possible history of life on Mars. ( Mars is a volcanic planet)

The learning doesn’t stop at volcanoes. Some of the most beautiful quotes about our home planet date back to 1972 when the first human eyes saw our ” blue marble” -earth-from the farthest point in space. The planet appeared so fragile seemingly just ” hanging in the dark void. It looked like it needed a big hug!”

NASA astronaut Ron Garson tries to explain his feelings seeing his home planet for the first time.

” As I stared down at earth-this stunning, fragile oasis, this island that has provided us life and protected us from the harshness of space-I was hit with a sobering contradiction.

” In spite of the overwhelming beauty-serious inequality exists on this potential paradise,,, one billion people don’t have clean water, the countless number who go to bed hungry, the social injustice, conflicts, and poverty that remains pervasive across the planet. I realized we are all traveling together on the planet and if we all worked together nothing is impossible. “

So until tomorrow… When we dismiss global problems as being too big-let us replace these negative thoughts of images of people we love . Were we examples of good stewards towards our beloved home planet?

Are we leaving it better than we found it? Every solution starts at home and earth thank you for providing the means for my life and loved ones to not just exist but thrive.

Much love… from an ardent fan! Love, Boo

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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