Back to Nature (Published on TBNWeekly.com - Sept. 27, 2006)
Where do we begin and end?
Think of the ripple effect how a stone thrown into a pond creates
increasingly larger circles. Where do we begin and end? Where does my bodys
|Artwork by Karen Mitchell Tremmel
|All living things are our
children. The wolf running free at dawn, the fox dancing in the
How do I affect those around me and then they affect those around them and so on
like ripples in a pond to the speed of a running stream to water falls and raging
rivers and waves upon oceans. Where did the first rain drop fall and when?
Are you my village, my tribe, my family? And if you arent who is? Is this
ground you walk upon for you to take care of or is this earth here to take care of
you and if you arent here for this earth will it survive to raise your
children? If we arent here for each other, do we survive as a species, a
village, a family?
Sometimes it seems as if the world around us moves in slow motion, that for a
moment we are able to see everything like a slide show and in this brief glimpse of
reality the world appears surreal. If one river dies and takes its disease to an
ocean, does it matter? Whos at fault? If one single candy wrapper or one
single cigarette butt is ingested by an endangered sea turtle, does it matter?
Whos at fault?
If one hill falls for urban sprawl and a mountain still stands, if one ice cap
melts and one glacier recedes just a foot or two, if one ozone hole opens as
another closes, whos at fault? If no one is at fault then who will save us?
Will you be the one to sit in your easy chair and fire up the computer or turn on
the Price is Right and close your eyes to the world around you? If it does not
start with you, who will step up to the plate?
The trees over our heads give us shade, as clear water quenches our thirst, as the
red clay brings about delicate pots and those tall thin trees make fine, straight
lodge poles, as grandfathers sassafras makes healing tea and
grandmothers sage carries our prayers.
Where do you begin and I end? All living things are our children. The rose lichen
upon the tree trunk, the resurrection ferns, the tiny white mushroom nestled in
leaf litter, the dew-dappled spider web, the wolf running free at dawn, the fox
dancing in moonlight, the mother bear sleeping in her den, the palomino remembering
something pre-coded within her DNA about a freedom.
Does one life not connect to another and does one life lost not leave an empty
space that can never be filled? Are we ready to take on responsibility for our own
Actor, director and conservationist Robert Redford, a crusader for Kick the Oil
Habit, I believe America is finally ready to kick the oil habit and launch a
new movement for real solutions and a better future. The Arctic Refuge represents
everything spectacular and everything endangered about Americas natural
heritage. It embodies a million years of ecological serenity ... a vast stretch of
pristine wilderness ... an irreplaceable birthing ground for polar bears, caribou
and white wolves.
A letter has been circulating on the Internet authored by Robert Redford:
Our goal: To reach into homes across America over the next two weeks, so that
when the make-or-break vote comes after Labor Day, we can spring into action one
million strong and defeat Big Oils agenda. Weve got no time to
It (the Arctic Refuge) is the greatest living reminder that conserving
nature in its wild state is a core American value. It stands for every remnant of
wilderness that we, as a people, have wisely chosen to protect from the relentless
march of bulldozers, chain saws and oil rigs.
And thats why the Bush administration is dead set on destroying
By unlocking the Arctic Refuge, they hope to open the door for oil, gas and
coal giants to invade our last and best wild places: Our western canyonlands, our
ancient forests, our coastal waters, even our national monuments.
We are urged to edit and/or send a letter or e-mail in our own words to our
senators and representatives in show of support for Kick the Oil Habit: http://www.kicktheoilhabit.org.
Please go to http://www.savebiogems.org/arctic/takeaction.asp and tell your
senators and representative they have no mandate to destroy the Arctic
Throughout the world, ancient forests and wildlife are in crisis. Almost 25
percent of the worlds mammals and 12 percent of its birds are now on the edge
of extinction. If forest destruction continues as it is now one half of the species
living in the forests of the world will disappear by the middle of this century.
How will this affect you? Whose air will you breathe and share? Whos
responsible? You? Me? Where do we begin and end?
Im worried. Im worried that in this litigious world that we
arent taking care of each other. Im worried that we arent taking
care of our planet, our skies, our resources, life, our children. Hold on until you
hear the hushed voices of the next generation. How can they become our future if we
leave them with no choices, no options?
Are we praying for angels? Are we waiting for miracles?
Im afraid. Sending up smoke signals. Fanning the hot stones from the fire
with cedar branches. Calling all angels ... back to nature.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didnt do than by the ones you did. Mark Twain
Karen can be reached at MyMuddyPawsStudio@gmail.com.