Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today Is Earth Day



175 pounds

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.  
--Cree Indian Proverb


I really have nothing relevant to say about Earth Day.

Except that I approve.

And that:

Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin,
a staunch environmentalist who hoped to provide unity to the grassroots
environmental movement and increase ecological awareness.


Recently I finished writing another 100 word short story:

"Oh Damn!"

I was 17, an innocent, strictly sheltered, physically strong but ignorant and gullible farm boy. She was 18, a former cheerleader and daughter of the town mayor.

We came together beneath a harvest moon.

It was magic.

We fell naked onto a haystack. She reached down and grasped my penis. No girl had ever done that to me before. I was a virgin. I don't think she was, though.

I couldn't help myself.  It just happened.

"I'm sorry," I said.

"No problem," she said.

She raised her hand and in it appeared a long, black, rigid wand.

"Abracadabra!" she said.

The comments I received about the story surprised me. I had not expected to get such a varying lot of interpretations of the ending, and of its meaning. One person thought that the 'long, black, rigid wand' was a vibrator. Another thought the guy's penis had been transformed into the wand.


Actually the wand was merely intended as a symbol signifying that the earlier statement, "It was magic" was literally true. And that after his premature ejaculation she used the wand to to make him sexually viable again. That's all.

Oh well, it's hard to be precise as to my intended meaning with a 100 word limitation.

That will probably be the last of my attempts at writing 100-word stories. For a while, anyway. I still have three other conventional short stories in the works that I occasionally return to and of course, my novel, which I have been writing for about thirty or forty years.

The little 100 word blurbs were fun, though. That's more than I can say about any of my other writing endeavors.


Did You Know . . .?

The United States is the only developed nation to permit humans to drink milk from cows given artificial growth hormone.



On April 22, 1970 Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world's environmental problems, was celebrated in the United States for the first time. Millions of Americans, including students from thousands of colleges and universities, participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs.

On April 22, 1990, the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, more than 200 million people in 141 countries participated in Earth Day celebrations.



1.  the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu.
2.  the social and cultural forces that shape the life of a person or a population.
3.  Ecology: the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time.



(born April 22, 1937)
Jack Nicholson is an American actor, film director, producer, and writer. Throughout his career, Jack Nicholson has portrayed unique and challenging roles, many of which include dark portrayals of neurotic and psychopathic characters. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actor, for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and for As Good as It Gets. He also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the 1983 film Terms of Endearment. Nicholson is well known for playing villainous roles, such as Frank Costello in The Departed, Jack Torrance in The Shining and the Joker in 1989's Batman.

(born April 22, 1982)
Cassidy Freeman is an American actress and musician. She is known for her role as Tess Mercer in The CW's superhero drama Smallville.

(born April 22, 1959)
Ryan Stiles is an American actor and comedian whose work is often associated with improvisational comedy. He is best known for his career and co-production work on the American and British versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the role of Lewis Kiniski on The Drew Carey Show. He plays Herb Melnick on the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men and was a performer on the show Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza.

(April 22, 1952 – April 12, 2009)
Marilyn Chambers was an American pornographic film actress, exotic dancer, model, actress and vice-presidential candidate. She was best known for her 1972 hardcore film debut Behind the Green Door and her 1980 pornographic film Insatiable. 

Note: I don't know if Marilyn was a relative... probably not.


The Earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of its diseases is called man.
--Friedrich Nietzsche



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