Happy Earth Day!

Our son left the house this morning in his boots and work gloves and walked down to Pioneer Park to help with SYRCL’s Earth Day cleanup.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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13 Responses to Happy Earth Day!

  1. John Stoos says:

    It is a historical fact that man did bring destruction upon the whole earth, but on this Earth Day 2017 we should rejoice that God continues to keep His Word:

    Genesis 9: “8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants[b] after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”

    12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.””

    • brucelevy says:

      Oh please, this again. Never trust anyone who wears their religion on their sleeves. They are more often then not snake oil salesmen.

    • Judith Lowry says:

      I had a Bible when I was a kid.
      My mom paper clipped the pages with all the adult and illicit sexual content together so I wouldn’t read them until I was old enough.
      Lotta paper clips.

    • Judith Lowry says:

      John, it was enough that she named me Judith!
      That woman is one heck of a biblical namesake to live up to.

      BTW, does anybody have an explanation for Ezekiel?
      I’m stumped, is he talking about spaceships?

    • Judith Lowry says:

      Yes, Revelations.
      I learned about that part of the Bible in a tent church in the late 1950’s.
      I am not sure what kind of church it was, my aunt was taking me to a whole bunch of different ones to try and find a cure for me.
      I remember the music and people rolling on the floor and “speaking in tongues” and a big canvas at the altar with a painting of all kinds of demons and a lady riding on the back of a big dragon with a lot of heads and the reverend was talking about how it was all coming to get us someday.
      Then he picked me up as I approached the altar with my aunt to be “saved” and everyone started crying hysterically.
      It was wild and I felt very special at that moment.

      My favorite church was one with a whole lot of black ladies in giant hairdos, red robes and tambourines, jumping up and down and singing away to their Lord with joyful, livley songs.
      That’s the one I wanted to stay in, but every week auntie kept us moving from church to church.
      The next ones we visited were the Catholic and Lutheran churches.
      Super entertaining rituals and beautiful, eerie statues, but not my cup of tea.
      That’s what nice about Christianity, it comes in many flavors, so there’s something for everybody.

  2. jon smith says:

    “It is a historical fact that man did bring destruction upon the whole earth”
    Good grief. You sound like Cliff Clavin.

  3. Chip Wilder says:

    With this idiot Trump—— Scorched Earth Day is more like it-

    Feb. 16, 2017: Stream Protection Rule nixed

    Feb. 28, 2017: Clean Water Rule threatened

    March 2, 2017: Methane emissions info scrapped

    March 7, 2017: “Science” vanishes from view As first reported by The New Republic, the EPA’s Office of Science and Technology removed the word “science” from its mission statement.

    March 15, 2017: Car pollution standards rolled back

    March 16, 2017: Proposed budget would slash EPA funds

    March 28, 2017: Trump takes aim at Obama’s climate plan

    April 18, 2017: Pollution cleanup at power plants faces challenge

  4. jeffpelline says:

    In the cleanup, Mitchell figured he got about 30 pounds of garbage, including a “porn magazine” and a needle (at least it had the cap on it). Yuck.

  5. Steve Frisch says:

    Amongst the most dangerous and the most widely mis-interpreted words in the Bible are the “Dominion Mandate.”:

    “Genesis 1:26-28

    26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

    28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

    Many have taken these words to mean that the acts of man to subjugate the earth are inherently blessed.

    Biblical scholars, particularly Hebrew scholars, argue that exercising dominion would be one of humanity’s highest purposes—that dominion, as understood at the time meant a superior position to, and in some contexts, to prevail, in some instances “to crush down,” but that the Hebrew word “Râdâh” or “dominion” also means a responsibility to steward and make productive, “replenish” and “subdue” at the same time–in other worlds in balance.

    In Genesis 2:15 the instruction was “LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”

    So if we seek peace, plenty and salvation for man do we take the more narrow definition in the modern word “Dominion” or the broader definition of the more ancient Hebrew word “Râdâh?” Do we “crush” or to “take care?”

    Immediately preceding Genesis1:26-28 in Genesis 1:25 it is clearly stated that each part of creation has a purpose, given by God: “So God made the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and creatures that crawl on the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”

    It should be clear that to have “dominion over the earth” means to govern it in a way that allows each creation to fulfill whatever its God-given purpose is, to the degree possible, consistent with the Hebrew definition of ‘dominion.”

    If one is a Christian [which I am not] clearly “to have dominion” means more than to exploit, in Hebrew it means more than exploit, it means to care for the world every moment of every day; it means to exalt in the world, to pay attention to its goodness; to recognize the world as a gift, blessing, to be revered.

    One does not need to be a Christian to live by these words every day…they are a common human value.

    • John Stoos says:

      Steve, that is well said and you understand those passages better than some of my Christian friends!

      • Anthony Waters says:

        John and Steve in agreement on a Biblical issue. Who would’ve thought? I don’t “stop by” Jeff’s blog as often as I used to, but I appreciate that both of you are still showing up here!

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