Sunday, July 29, 2007

Family Virtues and Values from Home

My family photo from our reunion

I love the Desmond Tutu quote, "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."

I see my seven brothers carrying on the family virtue of hard work and achievement. Our daughters are able to see the power of their roots when they visit their cousins. It is inspiring to see how we are finding niches of service in our various communities. I'm thankful for the gift of family connections and support.


Friday, July 13, 2007

Green Thoughts

Environmental issues are getting a lot of media attention. A high school girl in our school district created a fabulous public service announcement about "Trail Etiquette".
I love her use of iMovie to share a powerful multimedia message. What a great way to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Another reason I'm thinking so many green thoughts is that our daughter is traveling with the EMHS Discovery 2007 group. Their web site will give you an insight into their deeper learnings about land stewardship.

"That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics. ... A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of land."

Aldo Leopold in 'Land Ethic'