Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Earth Day is April 22 2015

Think globally, act locally.  This is the way to help our Mother the Earth.  Go to your local city council to persuade them to make good changes.  That is what I did and we got a new municipal wastewater treatment plant.  

Then after reading Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, Norm Spring went to the city council and pesuaded them to stop spraying elms in the park in front of our house with DDT.  It took three years of attending city council meetings and then the city of Grand Haven finally stopped the DDT program that was killing birds, and building up the food chains in the Great Lakes near where we live.  

We along with others formed the Michigan Pesticides Council and then DDT and like pesticides were banned in Michigan.  Then in the U.S.  Then in Canada.  He was recently honored for this work by the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

Norm Spring was instrumental in getting  an air pollution ordinance passed and saving  sand dunes in their natural state across the Grand River in Ferrysburg, Michigan.  All these things were done through the democratic process and done with the idea that we must keep the environment viable for now and for our children and the generations to come.

Encouraged by thinking globally and acting locally, I wrote The Dynamic Great Lakes. The book shows how the eagles returned to the shores of the Great Lakes after nearly being wiped out by DDT.  It shows that some bad government policies can be reversed with will and determination by ordinary people like us.

Think of what you could do by thinking globally and acting locally.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Making a Poem Is a Journey Inward


Making a Poem is a Journey Inward

It takes a great deal of inner work to make a poem. It may start with a sudden understanding of a dream, of a color or symbol. It may take years to gain an insight that your unconscious already understands. Making a poem makes the insight conscious. What was in darkness is brought into the light so it can be seen.

Then the raw poem must be crafted into a form through rhythm and sound.  The meaning works through what sound and rhythm suggest.

Barbara Spring's Amazon page  Please click the link for more info.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Malala's Father and How She Was Raised

How to Raise A Daughter  click the link

We have two daughters and their father raised them to be leaders.  They are strong young women and they are raising their daughters to be the same.  Fortunately, we are not living in a society that is as repressive to women as the Middle East and some parts of Africa.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The dynamic Great Lakes (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]

The dynamic Great Lakes (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]

Rainbow Runner, Moon Fish From the Gulf of Mexico

I saw moon fish at the Marine Research Center in Port Aransas, Texas.  They stared at me through the aquarium glass then as one thought, theyall turned like the flip of silver coins.  They are more silver than the moon.  I think they should be called mercurial fish.  They are very thin when seen head on.  I thought they were fascinating to watch. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

White Ibis, least sand piper, reddish egret

  White ibis.  We saw many beautiful birds on Mustang Island, TX.   Ibis stalk the shallows then when they see a morsel, they capture it in their long bill.








Here is the least sand piper and its reflection in the watery sand.  Flocks of sand pipers poke their bills into the sand and come up with tidbits.  They also hover over the surf and when they spot a likely morsel, they dive for it.  When they run along the beach it looks as though their feet hardly touch the sand.

I loved watching the shore birds on the Gulf of Mexico on Mustang Island in Texas.

The reddish egret is found in Texas and is an endangered species.  This particular egret is in his mating feathers.  I saw him stalking fish at Charlie's Pasture, a nature preserve where birds and bird watchers may be found in abundance.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lillebu, Norway


pictured my relatives' houses from long ago


Norway


At Ruth and Inga’s house.
The mountain women had a rock removed
As tall as their house when it was built.
Across the fjord are more mountain ranges
As far into the blue as one can see.
The color of Norway is mainly blue.
Ruth and Inga have made the mountain bloom
With gardens on all sides.
Their hands work the rich brown soil
To grow vegetables and flowers
Though it’s hard to find a level spot.
Morning wet soaks our shoes
The sun scarcely clears the heavy dew by noon.
Go past the rain barrel with the crooked
stick from the eaves and into the hallway
With a fireplace and antique copper kettle—
Into the room with home made rugs,
Hand embroidered pillows and table cloths
And a wall hanging with trolls.



I painted my relative's house while visiting in Norway.


boat house on the fjord by Barbara Spring