Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day 2009


Well tomorrow is Earth Day 2009. I hope everyone does a little something to make this world a better place to live. I suggest planting a tree or anything at all. This year, many of the stores are running out of vegetable plants because of the large number of people who are growing their own. Growing your own vegetables does several things. First off anything that goes into the ground is absorbed by the vegetables and eventually end up inside you. Commercial growers use pesticides and herbicides. When you grow your own you can keep your garden small enough so that you don’t have to use those. Also when you buy vegetables from a grocery store they are usually picked green and then gassed to make them ripen. Then they are shipped long distances to reach the grocery store which uses up fuel and pollutes the environment.

Tomorrow we are participating in Earth Day at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. We will be giving some demonstrations on how to grow your own veggies and how to grow other plants. We are hoping that at least a few of the employees will be interested in doing something positive. Most people are interested in making this world a little greener but there are a few who object. I have heard of a few “religious” individuals who think that it isn’t our responsibility to take care of this planet. They feel that we should just give up and let everything go. Well I don’t think God wants us to do that. In fact it says in Genesis 2: 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

That is pretty straight forward to me but some people are selective on what they believe. Like a woman I met the other day at the Market. We got into a discussion about wine and she made the statement; I don’t mind having a little wine because it isn’t what a person puts in his body that is important but what comes out of his mouth. Well I was proud of myself because from my recent Bible reading I not only knew who said that but what he was talking about. (it wasn’t wine) So I expounded a bit on her statement, explaining what I knew about the subject.
Matthew 15:17-18Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

She came back with “I know all about it because I teach religion”. She then began telling me about all the parts of the Bible that she didn’t believe and how Peter was a fake but this other person was the real Savior and on and on and on. I kept thinking why would she quote Jesus if she didn’t believe in him and just what “religion” was she teaching? I am just glad that another customer came up with a question so I was able to break away from her conversation because she was in the teaching mode.

So anyway, have a wonderful Earth Day. Do something positive like plant a tree or pick up trash or eat a cow to save grass. I just threw that in to see who was paying attention. Oh and I got in 40 minutes on the elliptical trainer this morning. I am on a roll or should I say I am on an elliptical. :)


16 comments:

My ADHD Me said...

Good for you for walking away!

We grow tomatoes. OK, actually, I have very little to do with it. My thumb is completely brown, (I really should have a doctor look at it). However, I LOVE to eat them!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

We have planted a lot more this Spring than we normally do. I can't wait to see what we actually harvest. I've already started snipping on my herbs and using them when I cook.

Peggy said...

Greg;

I had forgottent that tomorrow was Earth Day, thanks for the reminder.
Great job on the eliptical...weve got your back and are rooting for you!

The Dental Maven said...

Awesome eliptical work Greg! You Rock!

skoots1mom said...

i'm growing lizards on my site..come see :)
i want to start a garden...gotta grow me some 'maters!!

skoots1mom said...

heavens no...it's not you in the labcoat...
I just remembered the lizard man swamp story you told and i could imagine the word "bleep" coming from his mouth. I think i've worked with the youth too long, I'm beginning to think in their spontaneous, abstract sort of ways. I just was having some fun with my photo editor and wanted to make some fun. I hope it didn't offend.

Chatty Kelly said...

I will eat a cow. :-) I love steak. I am not very good at gardening and we have a squirrel situation here and they eat anything I put out to grow. So to the grocery I go!

Debbie said...

And happy earth day to you as well. I hope to grow a better garden this year.

B His Girl said...

My hubbie has 3 tomato plants. I have flowers : ) Oh when somebody talks 'religion', my radar goes up immediately. I am listening to what religion they have. B

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I'm SO behind on my blog reading...things have been busy around here lately. Sounds like you've been pretty busy also. I'm amazed sometimes at what people will come up with in the name of religion (and not a good amazement either). I wonder if she taught at C of C or at CSU....surely not CSU with those opinions.

Terri Tiffany said...

We tried planting a garden here in the sand when we moved here and bugs ate everything!
Good for you on the exercize-- I lifted weights yesterday but need to do the treadmill today.
Good you broke away from that lady. No use debating with someone like that.

Carmen Gamble said...

I didn't realize it is earth day today! Good post! Hubby and I are at odds on where to put the garden. I may have to look at container gardening.

Scarlet said...

I think I'll eat a big steak for Earth Day...because of course, there'll be one less cow on the grass and that's a good thing, right?? (J/K!)

I would love to grow my own vegetables. I'm growing my own fruits right now and the avacado and plantain trees are still kicking! I'll post pics when they're ready to pick.

Btw, I love your last sentence. ;) Keep up the good work, amigo! The more you exercise the more mojitos you can drink without feeling guilty (not that Brooke and I would let you feel guilty!). :)

Rosezilla said...

I am contemplating a veggie garden. That's a start, right? And yes, God does say we are to be stewards of the earth. Yikes, that woman you met... sounds, um, confused...I wonder if she would have agreed or disagreed if you'd solemnly stated that you intended to eat a cow for earth day!

Warren Baldwin said...

I like your straight forward, common sense approach here. I linked to your site from another one (I think Terri Tiffany's). I'm sure I'll be back, I like how you write.

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