Friday, April 22, 2022

Friday Poem

Environmental & Science Education, Poetry, Art & Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change, Global Change

Ed Hessler

Good morning from the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE), Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN on April 22, 2022 - Earth Day - the 12th day and 16th week of the year (30.68%). Sunrise occurs at 6:15 am with sunset at 8:07 pm which means we will have 13h 51m 07s of sunlight.

Foodimentary celebrates National Jelly Bean Day about which you can see photographs, read some facts and food history. I once worked with a wonderful and talented laboratory technician at Cornell University fond of saying to everyone, "Whaddya' mean, jelly bean?!" One historical item has some local significance, the birth of Cadwallader C. Washburn in Livermore, Maine. It was in 1866 that he built a flour mill at St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota. The Washburn-Crosby Co. (forerunner of General Mills) would market Gold Medal flour.  National Day features Earth Day with its usual story full of information.
Google Doodle. Today's Doodle "addresses one of the most pressing topics" for all members of Earth: climate change. The Doodle uses "real-time imagery from Google Earth Timelapse and other sources," to show "the impact of climate change across four different locales around our planet:" Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Sermersooq (Greenland), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), and Harz Forests (Elend, Germany). Each of the scenes will remain on the homepage for several hours at a time so tune in throughout the day to view them.
Photograph. I couldn't resist Snowosaurus, taken in Chicago following a recent heavy snowfall. It reminded me of installations of sculptor Andy Goldsworthy many of which use ephemeral materials, including snow/ice.

Quote. Nature is relentless and unchangeable, and it is indifferent as to whether its hidden reasons and actions are understandable to man or not. - Galileo Galilei 

Today's poem is by Ted Kooser.
h/t WEIT for the photograph of Snowosaurus.


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