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Everyday Should be Earth Day

Rocky Ridge County Park. York County, Pennsylvania

Rocky Ridge County Park. York County, Pennsylvania

Although I believe that everyday should be Earth Day, I hope that each of you will contemplate what living on this big spaceship means to you. Our water, food, our air, and so many more things good and beautiful come from this planet.

Yesterday during a hike with my cousin at Rocky Ridge County Park, I was picking up trash along the way. There were no garbage cans to be found or signs noting that visitors should carry out their own trash. I know that in many instances, trash ends up in locations due to wind blowing it out of trash cans, but in some instances like this, it was clear that people were just careless.

I pick up trash whenever I can, but today I challenge you to pick up trash that you may find on your streets or in your natural areas. Not only is it unsightly, but many of these items end up in our waterways and eventually in our oceans. Many birds and sea life die because they mistake this trash for food (especially plastic bags which are my biggest pet peeve).

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Artists Light-Up Literacy

Please join me on May 14 from 6-9pm at Artists Light-Up Literacy, an art market & auction fundraiser for the York County Literacy Council. I will be selling a variety of my paintings and photographs that will benefit the YCLC.

The Literacy Council offers English literacy programs for adults and families, enabling them to become more productive at home, in the workplace and the community.

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Share your meal and help the hungry!

I just recently discovered shareurmeal.com run by a few great people here in Philadelphia.  While many of us take in the luxury of dining out…or even dining in our nice warm homes, someone else isn’t as lucky and is going hungry.

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You can help to make a difference in the lives of those going hungry in southeastern Pennsylvania when you are savoring your own food.  Create an account on shareurmeal.com.  When you’re dining on scrumptious yumminess, go ahead and snap a photo of your meal with your fancy little phone.  Email that photo to the designated email address provided through shareurmeal or simply upload it directly to the site with a caption that describes the meal.  For this small fraction of your time, a sponsor will dedicate $1 for every meal posted to United Way’s LIVE UNITED: Food for Thought initiative, which is a campaign to beat rising hunger in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  And you don’t need to live in Pennsylvania to do this, but know that you are helping someone through this one small task.

I can only hope that others throughout the country and the world catch on to create great social change in the simplest of ways such as this.  Thanksgiving in the US is right around the corner.  So when you’re chowing down on your dead animal, think about the number of people that it could have fed or the people who don’t even have the luxury of doing the same with their family and friends.  Instead, they’re digging your turkey scraps out of the dumpster the day after Thanksgiving.

Today I had these amazing huevos rancheros at Sabrina’s Cafe in South Philly, I posted the photo to shareurmeal and Drexel University donated a $1 to the cause. Now it’s your turn.  So pass it forward!

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