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Initial post: Apr 20, 2013 9:12:54 PM PDT
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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. -- Native American Proverb

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life." - John Muir from Our National Parks (1901)

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From - "On April 22, 2013, more than one billion people around the world will take part in the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. From Beijing to Cairo, Melbourne to London, Rio to Johannesburg, New Delhi to New York, communities everywhere will voice their concerns for the planet, and take action to protect it. We'll harness that power to show the world The Face of Climate Change. And we'll call on our leaders to act boldly together, as we have, in this pivotal year."

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Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect on our carbon footprint.

10 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint (15 in original article)
By Millie Jefferson -

1. BUY ORGANIC AND LOCAL This reduces the transportation energy. It is also fresher and generally tastes better. Also, find restaurants that serve local and sustainable foods.

2. PACKING MATERIALS MATTER. Buy loose tomatoes, apples, etc. without boxes or plastic wrapping. Use fabric bags to bring home groceries. If you do use the grocery bags, plastic is better than paper.

3. DITCH BOTTLED WATER. We have 2, 5-gallon water bottles that are refilled weekly. We have a cooler similar to this NEVER FREE Ragalta RWC-195 Purelife Series High Efficiency Thermo Electric Hot and Cold Water Cooler NEVER FREE We get both hot and cold water on demand.

4. WINDOW SHOP OR SHOP ONLINE WAIT 24-HOURS BEFORE BUYING This will reduce impulse buying, while saving. "Remember, every item in a store, no matter how small, has a footprint - so if we are conscious consumers, we can reduce our own footprint and the overall footprint of our nation."

5. UNPLUG IT! Most electronics and small appliances today have a standby setting that uses energy even when not in use. Unplug and save money while reducing your carbon footprint.

6. KEEP YOUR CAR LONGER."With gas prices seemingly always on the rise, it's tempting to buy a hybrid or electric vehicle. But if your older-model car is in good condition, you're better off keeping it in good running condition. Even hybrids create a big footprint when they're built, so consider driving that old clunker for a little while longer. Also, try more eco-friendly modes of transport when possible, like buses, trains, a bicycle, telecommuting or even walking."

7. FAMILY NIGHTS ARE IN. Family gatherings have very little carbon impact. Do a carry-in with board games, movies, etc. The memories are priceless.

8. PLAN YOUR ERRANDS FOR THE WEEK. Occasionally, I've gotten caught up in the need something from the grocery today, repeat for tomorrow, repeat.... You get the picture. I am now keeping those trips to a couple a week. (We have milk guzzlers that can go through 3+ gallons every 2 days and a refrigerator that can only hold 3 gallons most times.)

9. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE Now this is not an excuse to hoard. If you believe it can be useful, then use it. Otherwise, discard or donate. Sometimes we lose sight of just how much we buy. Try buying less, and reusing and fixing things when you can instead of buying new. Recycle any items that qualify. (Hangs head, yeah I just bought an IPAD, really overextended my carbon footprint on that.)

10. USE ENERGY EFFICIENT ITEMS WHEN AVAILABLE. Shorter showers, turning lights out when you leave the room, and not using every light in the room at once. Small changes on the temperature on your heater/AC can make a significant difference. The author suggests changing incandescent to compact florescent light bulbs. NOTE: please read the boxes before buying. Many low energy lights are loaded with mercury.

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Free Kindle Books ( Emails. I usually find several freebies treasures from the emails each day.



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Posted on Apr 20, 2013 9:13:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2013 9:16:57 PM PDT
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The History of Earth Day
By Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day
Courtesy of The Wilderness Society

Note: Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson passed away July 2005 at the age of 89. He believed strongly that education is the key to changing people's attitudes about the environment and he devoted much of his energy to that challenge. In the section below, which he prepared not long before his death, he answered some of the questions he was most often asked about the how he conceived the first Earth Day, why and what his hopes for the observance were.

How did it start?
These are the questions I am most frequently asked.
Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not.

Where the Idea Came From
... why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?
After President Kennedy's tour, I still hoped for some idea that would thrust the environment into the political mainstream. Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me-why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?

I was satisfied that if we could tap into the environmental concerns of the general public and infuse the student anti-war energy into the environmental cause, we could generate a demonstration that would force this issue onto the political agenda. It was a big gamble, but worth a try.

At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters, and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air-and they did so with spectacular exuberance.

The Environment Was A National Concern
For the next four months, two members of my Senate staff, Linda Billings and John Heritage, managed Earth Day affairs out of my Senate office. Five months before Earth Day, on Sunday, November 30, 1969, The New York Times carried a lengthy article by Gladwin Hill reporting on the astonishing proliferation of environmental events:

"Rising concern about the environmental crisis is sweeping the nation's campuses with an intensity that may be on its way to eclipsing student discontent over the war in Vietnam ... a national day of observance of environmental problems... is being planned for next spring... when a nationwide environmental `teach-in'... coordinated from the office of Senator Gaylord Nelson is planned ... ."

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level.
It was obvious that we were headed for a spectacular success on Earth Day. It was also obvious that grassroots activities had ballooned beyond the capacity of my U.S. Senate office staff to keep up with the telephone calls, paper work, inquiries, etc. In mid-January, three months before Earth Day, John Gardner, Founder of Common Cause, provided temporary space for a Washington, D.C. headquarters. I staffed the office with college students and selected Denis Hayes as coordinator of activities.

Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 9:13:21 PM PDT
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Mine is love and acceptance for those different than ourselves.

What is your wish for planet Earth in 2013?

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 9:13:31 PM PDT
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GrammaKathy says:

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 10:02:48 PM PDT
4Nbahu says:
I was looking for time travel stories today for a friend. I haven't read but the next three all had 4*s with over 100 reviews each.

The Bride Price (Civil War Brides Series)

Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance (The After Cilmeri Series)

Out of Time: A Time Travel Mystery (Out of Time #1) Yellow banner 9/12

Brought this over from Saturday, because I thought I was on Sunday when I posted.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2013 10:04:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2013 10:08:00 PM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
Welcome! How is your day going?

ETA - I'll catch up with everyone in the morning. It's after 1AM here, so I need to try to get some sleep.


Posted on Apr 20, 2013 10:12:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2013 10:16:53 PM PDT
GiGi says:
Hi ya'll. I'm a long time lurker and appreciate everyone's hard work and dedication to the free book movement as well as the warm community and chat. Just wanted to pop in and wish my sister Kay Kay a very Happy Birthday!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2013 10:31:33 PM PDT
GiGi, I'm so glad you popped in.. You are so very welcome to join us anytime...

Kay Kay, Happy Birthday!

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 10:32:37 PM PDT
Janine says:
NC Kathy what a lovely start.
a wish:
Let us all try to respect all things living.

Kay Kay happy birthday wishing you a day/year filled with laughter and happiness.

Creighton Manor

The last thing Gillian Metcalf remembers before she
passes out is being aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, where she witnesses a dog disappearing as if it were a phantom. So how did she end up in 1870 and in a man's room aboard the Ida Belle, traveling down the Mississippi?

Zachary Creighton, a gambler with one goal: to win back Creighton Manor. Marriage is not part of the plan, but since he is found with Gillian in his room, reputations are at stake, his included. To keep peace with his reluctant bride, he makes a bargain with her. He needs a tutor for his nephew Tyler, and she needs a roof over her head until they can annul their sham

of a marriage. However, Zachary finds himself falling for Gillian's oddly charming ways despite the fact the woman claims to be from the future.

The gamble is trust, but will the stakes prove too high for Zachery to risk it all and win Gillian's heart?

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 12:45:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2013 1:06:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 12:56:44 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ NC Kathy
What a nice start and I sooo love that the the 10 ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint are personalised - way to go girl.
I do my bit, I cycle (so glad cars are a thing of the past for me, no worrying about money for road taxes or petrol or repairs), only have lights on where I am, seldom on where I am not. I Never buy bottled water and have a toilet with high and low flush (we pay for incoming and outgoing water here in DK)
but ..... I am not good about standby buttons :-(
Thanks for making us think (even on a Sunday)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:05:28 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Gigi
Nice to see you, so glad you came out of lurkdom, please post more often we love when that happens.

*~*~ Happy Birthday Kay Kay*~*~
Have a wonderful day and I hope you pop in for a chat today too.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:22:35 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
I knew you would post a beautiful birthday cake. Mine looked like it was squished up against a wall. Not pretty. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:24:40 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
R&W - thank you. I also don't do all I could. It is something I have to think about as it isn't a routine for me. I do recycle all those ammy cardboard boxes we get. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:26:40 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
Janine. I love your wish for the Earth. Thanks for sharing. I can't even imagine what the world would be like with respect for all living things. I'd love the opportunity to see it. {{{HUGS}}}

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 1:29:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2013 1:36:31 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
Animals Rule Club: Beware the Seiceps
Christy Darby has lived a normal life up to the night she is visited by a telepathic cat and learns her dad has been kidnapped by the United Species of Earth (USE). As she and her siblings listen to what the cat has to say they learn their father is not the only human in trouble, all humans are about to become extinct. The three of them must save their dad and the human world as they know it.

For the sake of humanity Christy, Maisa, and Will must experience three Unitedmares, vivid shared dreams, that allow them to live the lives of blue crabs, salmon, and golden poison dart frogs. For three nights they drink their potions and share three amazing dreams. In each Unitedmare they start off inside eggs, hatch, and grow to be adults. Sometimes they have fun, other times its quite scary. In each dream they run into problems caused by man. They see firsthand how water runoff, river dams, de-forestation, and many other human actions have made life hard for the animals they have become. When they have completed the three Unitedmares they must go to a USE meeting and prove humans are willing to learn about their mistakes and can change their ways. If they fail the Seiceps will be released and all humans on earth will be destroyed in 24 hours.

Although fiction, Animals Rule Club: Beware the Seiceps has a very strong message about caring for our planet. Its like Alice in Wonderland meets the Magic School Bus for middle school age kids. Warning this story may change the way you live your every day life.

EarthGames: 50 Nature Games for Ages 3+
EarthGames is full of chanting, play-it-again action games that are easy to learn quickly, yet substantial enough to last through repeat performances. The book is broken into three nature-themed sections--Wildlife World, Playful Planet, Cosmos--each containing its own Warm Up & Cool Down exercises. Designed for indoor or outdoor group play, EarthGames are a perfect fit for home or school, on Earth Day or any day. Perfect for teachers, youth leaders, child care workers, parents and grandparents.

The rules of play, with their variations, have been tested with young children for effectiveness in group play. Competition--useful in heightening the enjoyment of games--is kept low-key and never made the focus of play. The Appendix provides a breakdown of games for physically-challenged players who are unable to engage in high-activity games.

Jacqueline Horsfall is also the author of the award-winning nature activity book Play Lightly on the Earth (Dawn Publications 1997). She has over 15 years of experience in youth-and-family nature programming.

Conservation Kids: How Cassie Saves the Seahorses
Children in grades 1 - 3 grades will enjoy this hilarious book. It is at a reading level appropriate for most seven-year-olds that are ready for beginning chapter books.
Cassie is in the first-grade. First-graders are smart, silly and have lots of fun in school. They always have something funny to say! Cassie is excited because today is the last day of school before Spring Break. She is going on vacation to Florida with her family. While walking on the pier with Pappy, Cassie spots a tiny seahorse holding on to the seagrass, that is all alone. Pappy tells Cassie that when he was a boy there was a seahorse hanging practically on every blade of seagrass. Cassie keeps thinking about the little seahorse that was all by himself. Where did all of the seahorses go? She decides she is going to help to save the seahorses, but how? Go on vacation with Cassie and her little sister Maddie and visit a big aquarium. Find out what Cassie and her school friends do to help to save the seahorses!

Written by a teacher, this book is perfect for story time and reading groups!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:31:59 AM PDT
I had to go back and edit the bottom at least 10 times. I'm not having my best weekend. ;)

Are you having a hard time sleeping tonight Kathy? I took a very late nap. I seem to need one everyday now and if I don't take one I get to 6 or 7pm and I just run out of steam. I need to plan better.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:33:28 AM PDT
Good morning redandwhite! I hope you are having a good weekend.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:38:00 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The universe has chosen to bestow a wonderful sunny day on me and mine yet again - so it is a good weekend.
I hope it is for you as well, remember to take those naps they are healing and therefore very important.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:38:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2013 1:44:24 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
No sleeping here. I just took a Benadryl. Those usually knock me out in about 20-30 min.

Anything we can do to help make your weekend better?

ETA - the reason I can't sleep is that I'm wanting to contact my donor family. Every time I try to go to sleep, I keep rewriting the letter in my head. I am worried that what I write will bring more sadness and grief instead of healing. I know it is time to do this, just scared. I found a card to send. Very simple. The outside says, "From the bottom of my heart," and the inside says, "Thank You."

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 1:42:41 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Since a lot of us are cat lovers I thought the following might be appropriate to today's theme
Choosing biodegradable kitty litter helps you go green because...
It will not accumulate in landfills taking decades to decompose, like clay-based litters do.
It is not unsustainably strip mined, which takes a heavy toll on the environment.
In the United States alone, there are approximately 88.3 million cats kept as pets in households across the country. As a result, more than 2 million tons of kitty litter is dumped in landfills each year, the weight of five Empire State Buildings.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 1:43:07 AM PDT
Good morning, FBaC'ers - I would love to adopt poor orphan Thursday, but I am travelling at thread opening time, sorry:(

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:45:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2013 1:52:17 AM PDT
GrammaKathy says:
R&W that is a lot of litter, and poo <LOL>

ETA - I'm hoping the Benadryl is kicking eyes are getting heavy. I'll either see you in 4 or 5 hours or 40 min. LOL

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 1:49:28 AM PDT
Wow, NC. Great start, and great reminders in this day.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 1:51:44 AM PDT
Our weather is here is absolutely gorgeous as well. I'm so so you are experiencing the same. It does feel like Spring.

It was nice to hear from BJ yesterday.
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