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In yesterday’s excitement of getting back electricity (and the internet), I wrote a super quick post and forgot to include my daily greens. Please ponder this daily green. It holds meaning for all of us. For me, it reminds me that every eco-friendly choice I make, no matter how small it is, will make a difference.
The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”
I made a difference for that one.”
I am one of the millions in Hurricane Irene’s path. I’m not really sure how to react. I’ve been watching the weather channel all morning and I feel like I should be panicked. I’m not really nervous but I have been getting prepared. I made a cinnamon raisin bread for breakfasts, I’ve frozen lots of water to help keep my fridge cool, filled my tub with water, washed all my laundry, stocked up on bottled water for the dogs, put all of our summer outdoor furniture/grill into the shed, put all my candles in one place and put everything in my basement up onto the shelves and off of the floor. According to the Weather Channel, “Your emergency supply kit should include: dry cereal, canned juices, peanut butter, ready-to-eat canned meats, canned fruits & vegetables.” I am not panicked or alarmed enough to make one. I have all this stuff in my pantry anyways. However, I am anticipating losing power for a while. I’ve already lost power for a significant amount of time in the last year because of other storms that were no where near as powerful as Irene. On a positive note, a power outage will mean a cheaper electricity bill this month! Also, if hubs and I run out of water or need to conserve for the dogs, I’ve stocked up on wine and beer for the two of us. Candle light and wine? It could be a very romantic weekend! haha
Daily Greens: Some interesting facts about Hurricanes
1. The word hurricane comes from the Taino Native American word, hurucane, meaning evil spirit of the wind.
2. A tropical storm is classified as a hurricane once winds goes up to 74 miles per hour or higher.
3. Every second, a large hurricane releases the energy of 10 atomic bombs.
“Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.“