But the overwhelming challenges facing our only inhabitable planet will not. Those will still be here tomorrow. So let’s get louder. Today, tomorrow and the next… until we are heard:
What day is February 14th? It’s International Book Giving Day, silly!
Actually, this was news to me and probably is to you, too, but hey, what better way to honor your little Valentine than to give them a book?
“International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible.”
Roses are red, violets are blue, chocolate makes you hyper but this book is for you!
Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day:
3. Donate a Book. Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.
Treading lightly on this planet should be the of goal of every one of us. Look no further than Reduce Footprints for all kinds of info and inspiration. And thank you Reduce Footprints for your generous and thoughtful review of Long Live Earth!
Here is an excerpt:
“Let me give you my impressions of this book. The illustrations are beautiful. Each one is a photo of a quilt square handmade by Ms. Morrison. They are enchanting and whimsical. The text is done in rhyme; the cadence is very appealing and, I believe, will become like a song which stays in the heads (and hearts) of readers. Some of the words may need a bit of explanation for younger children but most kids will have no problem understanding the meaning. The book is appropriate for all age levels, for reading alone or together, and would make a terrific gift. Adults will enjoy it, as well!
Here’s another fact which, as “greenies”, you’re sure to appreciate: the book is printed on recycled paper by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified suppliers using certified environmentally-friendly ink. Yay!
I highly recommend this book … for your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, schools, etc. You can purchase a copy by clicking HERE.”
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After all, the fish are obviously well cared for in their huge, gleaming, impressively realistic tank homes. I guess it’s just a bit hard to believe that they are actually buying that whole set up.
Or maybe it’s the funky lighting. Regardless, it never takes long before my lower back starts to ache, I am famished, parched, I have to go to the bathroom, my feet hurt and I am wondering why our tickets should have to cost more than the average health insurance co-pay.
But then I get to the jellyfish tank. And here, at the jellyfish tank, I am mesmerized. I am literally glued to the glass. I don’t ever want to leave this place.
All those bobbing, dangling blobs seem almost cultish. And I’m pretty sure they are beckoning to me. I don’t just watch the jellyfish at the aquarium. I actually feel that I am a jellyfish at the aquarium. Jeez, are they brainwashing me? Am I actually turning into a jellyfish?
I mean, if left for two minutes in their silent but echoing company I become a weightless, worryless, goalless, harmless, timeless coagulation of flotsam and jetsam (or whatever) effortlessly drifting and dipping though the portals of time and space. I can actually feel my blood pressure dropping. In fact, I don’t think I have any blood pressure at the jellyfish tank.
This morning I googled “jellyfish” in anticipation of writing a little ditty on what I used to think of as a weird, aquatic anomaly of mine… only to discover this breaking news: I am a jelly fish. Which kind of explains everything.
Or at least I was. In fact, scientists are now placing bets that all life descended from the jelly fish. Albeit we’ve advanced a bit. Jellyfish still don’t don’t have brains, lungs, hearts or plenty of other things that tend to cause humans a fair amount of angst. But boy do those guys know how to relax.
So before you head out for the aquarium take your over-evolved brain along to National Geographic and read the whole facsinating story: “Was Your Ancestor a Ball of Jelly? Evolution Study Surprises Experts”.
My dear old friend Susanna featured Long Live Earth on her nifty blog. Lots of great pics and products for young and old to be found at Susanna’s Paper Oranges. Click her big Sourpuss to get from here to there. Thanks Susanna!
The Anniversary Edition of LONG LIVE EARTH is available for pre-order now through December 1st at Amazon.
Here’s the best part:
10% of pre-order proceeds will be donated to 350.org (the amazing global grassroots movements co-founded by author/activist Bill McKibben) which is working it’s tail off to solve the climate crisis.
Be a part of the solution. Give a gift to your child and their Earth. Click here to pre-order your copy.
Reviews and new Author Preface at http://www.meighanmorrison.com