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Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

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Grand osprey near Target Rock on Long Island

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Where Do We Find Heaven?

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
– Henry David Thoreau

A Month of Rachel Carson – Week 5

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Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
– Rachel Carson

A Month of Rachel Carson – Week 4


It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know of wonder and humility.
– Rachel Carson

A Month of Rachel Carson – Week Two


If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
– Rachel Carson

A Month of Rachel Carson – Week One


The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us,
the less taste we shall have for destruction.
– Rachel Carson

Most of us are aware of Earth Day, April 22nd. (Just think Earth supplies feeds and clothes us every day of our lives, and we give her one day!) Last Sunday was World Environment Day. I knew about it, but failed to plan! Fortunately Earth continues providing for me whether I plan or not!!!

So, wanting to be a bit more mindful of this wonderful environment that surrounds us, OPreach will have a month of Rachel Carson. If you go to the website dedicated to her work, this is what you will find:

Perhaps the finest nature writer of the Twentieth Century, Rachel Carson (1907-1964) is remembered more today as the woman who challenged the notion that humans could obtain mastery over nature by chemicals, bombs and space travel than for her studies of ocean life. Her sensational book Silent Spring (1962) warned of the dangers to all natural systems from the misuse of chemical pesticides such as DDT, and questioned the scope and direction of modern science, initiated the contemporary environmental movement.

Wonder in a Drop of Water

Mountains and oceans have whole worlds of innumerable wondrous features. We should understand that it is not only our distant surroundings that are like this, but even what is right here, even a single drop of water.
– Dogen Zenji
excerpt from Genjokoan, trans. by Paul Jaffe