May 4, 2011 - Greenery Day – Japan

I figure it's time for the world to direct its attention back to Japan, again, and donate a bit more to recovery from the devastating March earthquakes and tsunami.

After all, we are nearing the end of Japan's Golden Week, a string of holidays that includes Showa Day (April 29), Constitution Memorial Day (May 3), and Children's Day (a.k.a. Boy's Day, May 5).

This is a day to commune with nature and to be thankful for its blessings. Even after nature has dished out SUCH a huge disaster, there are plenty of things for which the Japanese people can feel grateful. But it must be so much harder this year than usual to feel appreciation toward Mother Earth!

Still, when nature can't be counted on, perhaps human nature can step in with help. So donate, again, to Japan.

We could all use a Greenery Day to remind us to think of the environment. How about a visit to your local arboretum or botanical garden, a hike in the woods, or a work session in a garden. Don't have a garden? Start one! Or use Google to find a community garden you can work in on a regular basis.


A friend just reminded me that it is Star Wars Day:

May the Fourth be with you.

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