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Glory in the quiet …

These were my first pre-dawn Saturday/Sunday strolls in a few weeks; the flu and a nagging cold kicked my butt good.

The walks have resumed just in time; daytime temps are finally civil. I’m both a participant and willing observer. The resident birds are up & at ’em early. In the absence of 6 a.m. traffic noise, their sweet tunes are divine. Owls are at it too, but their hoot-hoot-hoots are some distance away. When the chirping/hooting dies away for a even a few moments, there is a wonderful silence to the morning darkness. There is glory in such quiet. The sound of silence won’t last much longer once my busy neighborhood awakens. No deer are seen criss crossing Sharon View or Colony roads.

My Friday walk produced yet another disheartening haul of junk. But I'm glad to be able to get out again in the effort to bring litter under control.

My Friday walk produced yet another disheartening haul of junk. But I’m glad to be able to get out again in the effort to bring litter under control.

After many days of missed walks, more litter than usual is expected. That’s how it turns out. But in some ways it makes me glad to be back in a quirky sort of way. At least some stuff will be bagged and recycled.

While I was out the environment suffered more wounds; Florida’s governor elevated climate change denial to a whole new level with what amounts to a state-sponsored gag order. Close to home in the Carolinas, ocean acidity levels are higher than elsewhere. More oil has spilled into rivers as tank cars derail adjacent to waterways.

But more on those sorrowful developments later. As of this morning I’m just glad to be back patrolling my path.

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 Glory in the quiet …

  1. John Cleghorn // March 15, 2015 at 2:05 pm // Reply


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