I was in quite a state; venting frustrations to my friend Jim Ruiz as we walked around Lake of the Isles last year. I was complaining how we humans seem so cavalier toward the environment, as if now is all that matters and as if the ecosystems that keep this planet habitable have no breaking point. People need to wake up!
I’ll always remember Jim’s words of wisdom. “Maybe instead of worrying about the environment, you need to get out and enjoy it. Go camping. See beautiful sights. Commune.”
It was the best advice Jim could’ve given me. The fact is no matter what we do, we don’t know how long this place is going to last. The most worthwhile path toward environmentalism probably comes simply from cultivating a deep sense of appreciation for the magnificent home we have here.
Sorry Jim, I still haven’t made it camping; but this year I took tons of photos, which gets me quickly to that awe-inspired place. So this week I’m sharing some moving pictures (they are animations of still photos) which I hope you will enjoy. Minneapolis is a beautiful place to live, and don’t forget to look up at the clouds. My mother-in-law Patsy in San Diego reminds me that you don’t find clouds like that just anywhere.
This week Janey Winterbauer’s tote bag made me happy. It was designed by Missy Austin of Zeus Jones for their client Cascadian Farms. The caption is “Organic is for All of Us,” which gave me the idea for the title of this week’s blog.