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Solitude in God’s grace and Marge…

If you’re not already aware, the early Saturday morning hours are the best hours of my week. Solitude in God’s grace that I am allowed one more day to do something that matters – if only to me – as regards my little rectangular path.

The morning pits vastly opposing ends: the sweetness of a vocal bird community that copes despite our efforts to reduce their tree canopy to twigs vs. the reality of litter and junk that despoils our shared environment.

My new friend Marge stands momentary watch of today's menagerie of litter.

My new friend Marge stands momentary watch over today’s menagerie of litter.

The birds operate above, I work below. I’d like to think that there is some tangible benefit to them for every piece of refuse removed from harm’s way. Exactly what that might be, I don’t know. Somehow we are tossed in this together, the birds and us. Our habitat is the less for what you and I find to our chagrin along our routes.

So Saturdays are what they are. An opportunity to atone for our carelessness and disregard for the world we share with other things. I hope the birds, and their wild kidded spirits, can forgive us. They can probably do so a bit easier than me.

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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