“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth, find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” Rachel Carson.
This is a wonderful quote, one of many, by this brilliant woman. So well worth our admiration. Marine Biologist, author of Silent Spring and countless others. Said to have revived the environmental movement by her hugely impactful work on the harmful effects of pesticides.
Thank you, so much, we are all, including our planet, better of for it. Not to mention quite a feat for a woman to achieve born at a time that we were still sadly only fighting for the vote.
I love her sense of wonder at all that is, because i feel the same. Her passion shows, it takes a great deal of courage and fortitude to have stood up to the big chemical companies.
Rachel Louise Carson
Born: May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania
Died: April 14, 1964 in Silver Spring, MarylandRachel Carson, writer, scientist, and ecologist, grew up simply in the rural river town of Springdale, Pennsylvania. Her mother bequeathed to her a life-long love of nature and the living world that Rachel expressed first as a writer and later as a student of marine biology. Carson graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham University) in 1929, studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and received her MA in zoology from Johns Hopkins University in 1932. She was hired by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries to write radio scripts during the Depression and supplemented her income writing feature articles on natural history for the Baltimore Sun. She began a fifteen-year career in the federal service as a scientist and editor in 1936 and rose to become Editor-in-Chief of all publications for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She wrote pamphlets on conservation and natural resources and edited scientific articles, but in her free time turned her government research into lyric prose, first as an article “Undersea” (1937, for the Atlantic Monthly), and then in a book, Under the Sea-Wind(1941). In 1952 she published her prize-winning study of the ocean, The Sea Around Us, which was followed by The Edge of the Sea in 1955. These books constituted a biography of the ocean and made Carson famous as a naturalist and science writer for the public. Carson resigned from government service in 1952 to devote herself to her writing. She wrote several other articles designed to teach people about the wonder and beauty of the living world, including “Help Your Child to Wonder,” (1956) and “Our Ever-Changing Shore” (1957), and planned another book on the ecology of life. Embedded within all of Carson’s writing was the view that human beings were but one part of nature distinguished primarily by their power to alter it, in some cases irreversibly. Disturbed by the profligate use of synthetic chemical pesticides after World War II, Carson reluctantly changed her focus in order to warn the public about the long-term effects of misusing pesticides. In Silent Spring (1962) she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world. Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem. Testifying before Congress in 1963, Carson called for new policies to protect human health and the environment. Rachel Carson died in 1964 after a long battle against breast cancer. Her witness for the beauty and integrity of life continues to inspire new generations to protect the living world and all its creatures. Biographical entry courtesy of Carson biographer Linda Lear, © 1998 (Revised 2015), author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. from wwwrachelcarson.org
Today I needed a little calm.
She is brilliant 🤩
I thought what better way to start to introduce myself a little, than to add as many fantastic tunes this month from my vast array of randomness that is my music catalogue. That way by the end of the month we should already have a decent length cracking playlist to listen to. Or as I do, crank up good and loud in the car. Or one of my personal favourites, dancing round the house like a nut job, (ahem i mean like a QUALITY dancer) and call it my excercise for the day.
Today i start with the Rolling Stones She is a Rainbow which is one of my favorite Stones songs. Their wonderful casual lose brilliance as usual, plus some exquisite piano and strings that to me make it one of the most beautiful, delicate of their songs.
First the digitally remastered version.
Then the video which i had not seen until now, both brilliant
Thank you for taking the time to join me, on this, the very beginning of my blogging adventure. Any kind comments, help or advice will always be gratefully received.
It is all about the love after all.
Apologies and Oops sorry. i seem to have put up the original Earth wind and fire video instead of the shred and then insulted them, putting them in the loves to laugh category saying how funny they are. Sorry boys. Athough not unsuprisingly perhaps, it did the job because I did laugh. Maybe not so much WITH myself, and rather more AT myself. So let us try again, hopefully this will make a lot more sense, and be a great deal less insulting 😉
Even though i LOVE music, i also love this.
Although sadly it sounds just like i am singing all parts and playing all the instruments too, i could not stop laughing. I especially Love the brass.