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A thanks to unsung heroes …

My friend and sometime photo contributor Sherry, in her own inimitable style, gave me a gentle prod last week.

She called me out for my unceasing bitching about slobs – while never giving a pat on the back, let alone a thank you, to those who do their part to put litter in its place.

Sherry is right: I'm not in this alone. There are others - you, maybe? - who are part of the movement to simply keep our paths/roadsides a little cleaner.

Sherry is right: I’m not in this alone. There are others – you, maybe? – who are part of the movement to simply keep our paths/roadsides a little cleaner.

She’s right. I’ve done nothing to compliment the unsung heroes who pick up their paths or stoop to pick up a bottle or can for proper stowage in their recycle bin. Sherry is one such soul, my friends Bob, Richard, Tom and John are others.

So let me correct a gross oversight right here and now. If you’re someone who has selflessly (and anonymously) done the right thing – even if it’s just every so often – let me tip my omnipresent ball cap your way and say my own ‘Thank you.’ It’s not just me that offers that, it’s the general populace that is better off for what you do; it’s the general environment that is prettier and less hazardous to wildlife and humans, and it’s the overall notion that we can simply do better in terms of how we manage our resources.

So thanks again.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters 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 these single pagers 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 and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 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.

1 Comment on A thanks to unsung heroes …

  1. bob Furstenau // December 31, 2014 at 7:23 pm // Reply

    Dave, Thank you and Happy New Year. Picking Up My Path is easy…not much on it…2 miles each way…way less than a plastic bag full and not interesting at all. I think you need a App called PickUpYourPath. Check out this article from the Des Moines Register today…

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