HAPPY EARTH DAY!
ASAP! Adopt Saplings Project
invites you to care for your
And please take a quiet moment to listen to Amanda Gorman's EARTHRISE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92XFwAoJn6w
As Alexander Van Humbolt (yes, Humbolt Park's namesake) said poetry and nature are one. Care for a sapling and write a Haiku (5,7,5 syllables) to share the experience in celebration of Earth Day 21, the 51st Anniversary. (Full disclosure, I helped start a newspaper recycling center, that is still in use on Rte. 60 in Lake Forest, on the first Earth Day (1970)).
With 100 years in Chicago and the previous 100 years in the Adirondacks, our family's domiciles hae improved while the love of trees has united five generations. Saint Francis (Frank) is a wood carved trunk Dad carved that was at our front door on Greenbay Raod, Mayflower Road and Devonshire. Frank may have been who inspired me to to carve wood starting in elementary school? Or, is it just what my family does?
I'll never know...
Mac's St. Francis on Greenbay Road
Bess McMahon and Saint Francis at Airdrie on Mayflower
Mac's St. Francis on Devonshire lane
Margot's ash carving of
"Queen" of "Checkmate" at Belmont and Lakeshore Drive
"Knight of "Checkmate" in Lincoln Park on Belmont and Lake Shore Drive
"Checkmate" at Belmont and Lakeshore Drive
Margot's "Flock" in Columbus Park
Bess McMahon hunting in the Adirondacks (right) c.1919
Mid-1800s loggers camp in the Adirondacks. Wood was energy for heat and cooking, made paper pulp for the new printing presses and walls of homes throughout the United States.
In 1894 Teddy Roosevelt protected the Adirondacks from clear cutting by designating a state park. Our great grandparents had already moved to Chicago to help build the Worlds Fair. The Adirondack forest is now past fifth generations of growth.