Winter Solstice: Short Day, Big Giving

As I’m writing this it is currently only 11 degrees out. For me, that means
that winter is definitely here. But according to the calendar, winter doesn’t officially start for a few more days. The winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, occurs on December 21.  In ancient times the Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia around this time. It is from this festival that the date for Christmas has evolved. The Romans celebrated this season as a season of light, and the birthday of the “Unconquerable Sun.”

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“3 Billion Acts of Green” – Getting Involved on Earth Day

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

The sun is shinning, the birds are chirping, the flowers are starting the bloom, and I’m sneezing…yeap it’s finally spring. The last of winter’s cold is behind us (or so we hope), and now it’s time to get outside and soak up some rays. Today should give you a great reason to get outdoors and enjoy the good weather because April 22nd is Earth Day!

There are many things you can do to participate and it can be as simple or as involved as your time will allow. Earth Day Network is reaching out to the world and working to reach “3 billion acts of green” by the 50th anniversary (this year marks the 46th year), and has some great examples of how to help them reach this goal. You can make your activities something you do alone, as a family, or you can join groups of volunteers taking part in projects across the globe. So let’s talk about what we can do to get involved and get to that 3 billion mark by volunteering, donating, and teaching.

bird in nest

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