Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mail From Gail

I couldn't remember when I wrote you last so looked in my sent box -- it was that short letter about my nose and my nose for jokes. The less said about that the better. I clicked on "One Single Impression" and saw the header (which looked good) and some out-of-usual-form haiku, but didn't click on anything else, the names, etc., because I wasn't sure what I'd be getting. I didn't think any of them were YOU anyway.

Last Monday I responded to a blurb in the church newsletter that there would be a "brainstorming" mtg. about activities for Earth Day!! I figured I should go, as this is one of the few areas I have some experience in. It looks like I may be organizing a poster contest. The reason I say "may" is that everyone is enthused about the idea but I haven't got stuff really firmed up for putting in the press release and flyer.

One biggie is that it's for all kids in the school district, so I think something should be said in the small print about the fact that even though a church is sponsoring this, entries should reflect themes everyone in the community can relate to, rather than religious themes.I don't want people wondering if they're expected to say something like "Protect the world because God made it." Or wondering if extra credit would go to those who do.

Today I went to breakfast with two women from the church that I like. It lasted about 2 hours and was very enjoyable conversation. Mary is probably 50-55 and involved in many education-oriented aspects of the church, including heading this Earth Day committee. The other is Juanita, probably in her 80s, sharp as a tack and friendly with all ages. I wish I could be like her when I'm that age (but I think I'm too serious).

Then I had to do some shopping, took a walk, fell asleep for about half an hour, and here I am. I better get going on that flyer for the poster contest. I haven't done anything much on InDesign since moving here. I will not let myself be too much of a perfectionist on it!!

Tomorrow I was planning to go see a rather different musical act (will tell you about it later ... for now let's say Nerd Perfect meets Cabaret via an English Music Hall). Was supposed to go with Laure, but I heard that Frances Lappe was gonna speak in Arcata and I will not be surprised if she calls and says she wants to go to that instead ...... of course they're the same time.

(Gail Slaughter is our California Correspondent)


Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Excellent letter. Earth Day is IMPORTANT!!! and so is creativity and friendship!

Andrée said...

We sort of ignore earth day here in vermont. we have green-up day, the first saturday of may. that is the time you can make a pretty good bet the snow might be gone except from the hollows in the woods. but the mud is in full force. but anyhow: we go out in gangs, in every town, walk all the roads with huge trash bags, and pick up the accumulated trash of the winter. i should do it this year. i've always had meetings on that day.

---Michael--- said...

Here in Jackson, MI. Earth Day has no special resonance to speak of, either, but we have a river cleanup effort on the Grand River, which is small and not so grandly laid out but which allows volunteers to get a little wet and dirty and retrieve trash and fallen limbs and old tires from a local stream.