Earth Day Exploits – Cut the Frangrance

IMG_2172Looking around at what people are doing on Earth Day I am pleased with much but some of it just stinks.

The people down the road are getting rid of some stumps in their yard.  There is a big, gas powered machine, which looks somewhat like a lawn mower, hacking away at a stump with one operator making it work and another fellow standing with a rake in hand waiting to move the saw dust as it billows from the machine.  In days gone by, my grandfather would have drilled a hole in the stump, poured in some gasoline, lit it and let the sucker smolder until it was done.  I’m wondering which of these efforts is more environmentally friendly.  At first glance you might think the big machine is but I have some serious doubts.  When you consider the time and effort to build the machine, the power it uses, the vehicles it took to get two men to the site and the fact that they have been working on one stump for several hours when there are about 10 to dispose of, I do believe Grandpa’s method wins.

Then there are the sweet people like this man in my life who were out planting peas and sunflowers in the blizzard today. Now that is commitment to the earth.  The snow was off and an all day but he would not be daunted.

The birds of course are busy building nests.  That is their commitment to the day.  We have a large assortment of bird houses sprinkled around the yard.  The houses and the trees are happy hosts to wrens, sparrows, cardinals, mourning doves, robins, and a cute screech owl. The blue bird has not yet landed but we keep trying.  Our neighbour is about to erect a huge, 400 pound, blue martin house close to our back yard.  Good for the swallows but not so wonderful for the mosquitoes and spiders.

The daffodils were certainly in their golden glory today.  When I left home in the morning they were mostly all safely in their little nests but by the end of the day, snow and all, thousands of them had emerged to spite the weather.  Good for them and for all the blue violets sprinkled about on some of the local lawns.  This blanket of blue is a wonderful tribute to Earth Day.

Two things that flew in the face of the day, at least in my little part of the world, were bonfires and Axe Cologne.  I believe I am going to make it my personal mission to eliminate all bonfires that blow smoke across the road and all fragrance from any public place; church, schools and buses included.  Those of you who live with asthma as I do will understand.  The rest of you might think my vendetta stinks, but that is precisely the point.  It does stink.

If you missed the Earth Day tribute on Google you might enjoy the minute of laughter it provides.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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