Taking care of ourselves & our planet

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

KTB Volunteer of the Year!!!

Woo-hoo!!! GOOOO Green!!

I have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of Keep TEXAS Beautiful's Volunteer of the Year and I can't tell you the flood of emotions I felt when scrolling down the 3 page document of all the KTB awards given out today and read that I had received the great honor and title!!

I am so thankful for everyone who has encouraged and helped me along the way. You will see us on TV someday!!

And, in honor of the SNL skits with Cheri Oteri & Will Farrell as Spartan cheerleaders, I'd like to leave you with a cheer:

"Who's that lookin' happy and green?

It's Green Girl, It's Green Girl!"

(I know I'm completely silly but I really do think I'm a kid at heart.)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Proverbs 22:6

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old,
he will not depart from it."

While at a local park over Spring Break, my daughters and I were enjoying the beautiful weather. I was walking with them as they rode their bikes and can't tell you the happiness I felt when I saw the above. They both (without saying a word) parked their bikes, found a broken branch, and went to the water to "fish" out trash from the creek.
Way to go, my little Go Green Girls!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Green world from my past

I remember all these events very clearly...having a sense a calmness from the beautiful green world around me! Happy first weekend of Spring!

by Blanche Black

In the glow of the dawn,
Welcome a new day,
Greet the golden sunlight or rain,
Nature in all its subtlety.
Whip of the wind,
Earth unfolds,
Softly falling rain,
Growing plants and buds blossoming.
Visions of the earth, with glories of nature,
Beauty of the daffodils,
Sunshine and rain from a rainbow,
Awe! Nature in full bloom

Rising in early morn
Birds with note loud and musical
Lustrous species adorned with rich bicolors glowing,
Attracting attention from movements of character unvarying.
Birds building nests in the spring
Sound of sweet melody, humming birds sing
Sunshine spreading a colorful blanket
Tis the perfect joy of spring!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Trees, glorious, trees!

I don't know that anyone knows how much I LOVE trees! They are so beautiful and green! They enrich our lives in so many ways!

Their beauty and color improve the environmental aesthetics, and they clean our air by filtering pollution and producing oxygen. They are magnificient living organisms!

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah!"
- Joseph Campbell

I presented at a local Arbor Day Celebration today and was, once again, reminded of the beauty of nature. Sunny skies, budding trees, and cool spring winds make me so happy!

Imagine my sense of pride during the planning stages of coordinating 2 separate tree planting programs in my neighborhood when I was adoringly referred to as "The Tree Lady." I met over 80 of my neighbors and love the sense of community that planting trees provided.

In honor of Arbor Day Celebrations all over the world, I'd like to share this poem.

by J. Daniel Beaudry

Tree, gather up my thoughts
like the clouds in your branches.
Draw up my soul
like the waters in your root.

In the arteries of your trunk
bring me together.
Through your leaves
breathe out the sky.

Monday, March 1, 2010

3 F’s: Free, Fun and Family

Green Girl is thrilled to announce that she will be appearing at the following FREE, FUN, and FAMILY events in the Fort Worth area this Spring.

Haltom City Arbor Days

  • This program (for children and adults) is designed to inform, entertain and make individuals think about the value of trees as well as their own personal impact on the world.
  • March 13, 2010: 10:30am-11:30am

Cowtown Great American Clean Up

  • Cleaning up Fort Worth one neighborhood at a time
  • Keep Fort Worth Beautiful Mission: “To educate and engage Fort Worth residents to take responsibility for improving their community environment.”
  • April 10, 2010

Fort Worth Prairie Fest

  • An outdoor festival to celebrate our connection to the natural world through Music, Art, Dance, Environmental Stewardship & Wildflower Tours.
  • April 24, 2010: 10am-8pm