earth day 2016I run this Walt Kelly Pogo cartoon every year. Despite the passage of time, it is as true now as it ever was. It shouldn’t be. Garry and I remember the first Earth Day. How sure we were that everything would get better. We believed we could fix the world.

Forty-six years later, the earth should be cleaner. We should be saving the planet, not destroying more of it. But, reality bites. The earth is more endangered than ever.

Pogo - The First Earth Day - 1971 - Walt Kelly

Pogo – Earth Day 1971 poster – Walt Kelly

Save the planet. Save something. Live greener. Use less stuff. Don’t litter. Do what you can. Don’t let the despoilers buy all our beautiful places and pave them. Say no to fracking. Say yes to fossil fuel alternatives.

Vote for smart people. Caring people. Vote for people who understand that climate change is real. That if we are not good shepherds for our earth, there will be no earth to shepherd.

Let’s leave a green planet for the next generation and the ones thereafter.

For a history of this day, see “The History of Earth Day.”



If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?  Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

I can’t wear contacts. I’ve tried at least half a dozen times through the years. Hard, gas-permeable, soft, disposable … and in the end, they mess with my eyes. I wind up with a massive eye infection. One of which almost cost me the sight of one eye. That was the last try. Sometimes, you have to know when to quit.72-Sunglasses_06


I have never been able to get used to multi-vision eyeglasses. Wherever your eyes are supposed to track to properly use those glasses, mine don’t. So, I have distance glasses, computer glasses, and prescription sunglasses. I don’t need reading glasses. Naked eyes work fine for reading.

Garry has worn contact lenses for more than 40 years without problems. Just another case of “go figure.”

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

No parking.


Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

Learning was easy. Socializing was difficult. I was much happier reading a book than playing with other kids.

Would you rather take a 1 or 2 week vacation with an organized tour or take a cruise of your choice?

Neither. We’ve gone on two cruises and they were pleasant. Relaxing. I don’t think I’d want to do another one. Those were more than enough.


The idea of an organized tour gives me the creeps. That doesn’t sound like anything I’d call fun. More like punishment.

I’d rather stay home, thanks.