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Mother Earth Is Ours To Cherish Or Destroy: A Moment With Bill Reflection

Updated on September 7, 2013
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The Sun Rises

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

C. S. Lewis

Now there is delineation on the horizon. At night the sea becomes the sky and the sky, the sea, but in the earliest moments of dawn, looking to the east over the broad expanse of the Atlantic, we now can see it was all an illusion.

Phoenix rises each day, bringing with it colors and warmth, promise and unlimited possibilities. As the first rays spread out over the Outer Banks, the gulls rise as one and spread a chorus of shrieking jubilation across the Reach. Further north the lobstermen motor out to sea, their holds empty but brimming with anticipation. The great cities of the east coast awaken, and tons upon tons of motorized madness begin a new day of work and play.

Monoliths of steel salute the sky, smokestacks billow forth, and the great civilization shakes off the restful slumber and begins, once again, its ritual flirtation of commerce.

Birches, maples and ash rustle in the gentle breeze, clouds serenely man their posts as sentinels of the sky, and the nocturnals return again to their burrows and fallen logs for a well-deserved sleep, for hunting is an exhausting business and even the nighttime prowlers need to rest. To the south the sun is slow to enter the swamplands, and the cranes and gators continue their relationship which has lasted centuries. The clouds billow and the ozone lays thick in the air and lightning paints the sky in electric splendor.

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Noon and the Westward Trek

Go west young man, go west, for the sun follows the same path as the pioneers, always steering towards an unseen horizon. The Appalachians have been conquered and next up is the Mighty Mississippi, the Mother of Waters, muddy, swirling, placid and life-threatening. Tote that barge, lift that bail, keep the cargo going, boys, and keep a sharp eye on those channel markers.

Dams, locks, levies, canals, divert the flow here and watch out for the runoff there, for what happens in St. Paul will surely be felt in New Madrid and Baton Rouge. The floods giveth and the floods taketh away, just as it always has been. This land is your land, this land is my land, sing it with me but keep moving west with the sun, and the sun, ain’t she beautiful as she spreads across the Central Plains? Look at that ocean of gold flowing in the winds. That’s money boys, gold from the soil, and no glacier ever deposited a richer bounty on a land.

The corn stretches vertically with greens stalks and golden tufts, while soybeans stay closer to their roots and all manner of other vegetables await the day when they will be combined and threshed and delivered to homes around the globe, and then the great fields will lay fallow until the next season, and the promenade continues across the Great Breadbasket.

The west beckons and the prairies sway, the sounds of a constant wind moan as the heat rises and dust devils sprint to and fro. Cattle and sheep graze under wind turbines and oil wells. Shadows are rare for what is there to block the sun on this flat expanse? Dirt rises and dirt falls, and distance is measured by hours rather than miles and look, off in the distance, a feint outline…a hint of the grandiose…as you approach them the gray becomes greens and whites and shimmering blue. They are the guardians of the west, constructed by a loving hand and shimmering in promise for those brave enough to cross them.

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Late Afternoon in the Rockies

Stand at their feet and you will feel insignificant. Stand on their peaks and you will feel as the eagles must feel. They are the Rockies, ever-changing and yet perpetual…remorseless, unforgiving, inspiring and energizing. Lay in an alpine meadow with a small lake lapping at your feet. Listen to the marmots as they barter and the squirrels as they scamper. Close your eyes and sooner, rather than later, the spirits of Jim Bridger and John Coulter will pay you a visit, mountain men speaking of mountain ways, taking but replenishing, caressing these magnificent ladies but never conquering.

The sun continues its westward trek and for one brief moment….one split second….the shadows will move from the east side of the Continental Divide to the west, as the rivers now flow to Washington, Oregon and California, and taking with them more life-giving nectar.

Through the canyons they flow, wild, turbulent, and life-sustaining. The wildlife stand on the edge in salute, the fox, the black-tails, elk and badgers, knowing instinctively what man does not, that these waters are the blood of this land, and if you bleed it dry there is no hope of transfusion.

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Evening Comes

Onward the rivers flow to the great metropolises of the west coast, nestled deep in the bosom of the valleys. Orchards spread out and hint of ripeness as the sun approaches the Pacific. The heat of the day leaves the land, and the nocturnals stretch and prepare for another night of scavenging.

The lights of man-made comfort begin to twinkle as families settle down to a hard-earned meal, and the sun approaches the sea and with a twitch of its nose lights up the sky in crimsons and yellows. Birds chirp their last chirp of the day, and does guard fawns as mothers guard babies, and life is tucked in one more night….and all is as well as it can be….as the sun sinks and the sea meets the sky, colors are leeched from the land, symbolic perhaps of the turmoil Mother Earth surely feels daily.

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And She Weeps, and We See, and We Do Nothing

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Khalil Gibran

But does She delight now or does She weep? How much longer can she accommodate man and be the perfect Hostess?

We have been given a sacred trust, you and I, and what do we do with it? We barter with time. We take out a loan on today with no intention of paying the interest due tomorrow. We strangle the ethereal and place a price tag upon that which is priceless.

You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer.
Thich Nhat Hanh

You carry Mother Earth within you!

And the circle goes round and round, and all of life is an integral part of the circle of Life….to abuse one aspect is to abuse all, for we are all connected. The sky, the stars, the soil, the plant life, the animals and the people, all joined together in a dance as ancient as life itself. It has always been and it always will be so.

Would you wake one day and cut off your arm? Would you slash off your ear or remove an organ? Of course not, for consequences would follow and pain would be experienced. Perhaps you would compensate in time….perhaps not. But what if you continued on this self-destructive avenue? Eventually the inevitable would happen, and compensation would no longer be possible, and the living being that was you would cease to be.

So it is with this gift we have been given.

A drop of poison is dispensed in the river. Sheer volume dilutes it and the poison is no longer….unless….

A gallon of poison is dispensed in the river, or into the skies, and sheer volume struggles to dilute it, and then ten thousand gallons are dispensed and the volumes begin to equalize and the tears flow and we mourn the loss of another species and with that species a part of you and I dies as well.

And so it is with this gift we have been given.

And she weeps, and we see, and…..

The sun begins to climb from the Atlantic once again, the birth of new opportunities, another chance to finally understand and to follow through on the promise we made, the visions of Eden we had, the hope we have always held deep inside of us.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi Billy, this was so beautiful and sad too. I love the line, The west beckons and the prairies sway, it reminded this little Englander of cowboys and the first settlers. Our Earth is so important. As you said, one drop of poison and so on, I often think I am the only person walking around looking at the butterflys as they pass me by, touching the trees as I walk and smiling at the hedgehogs that nearly always get trodden on in the evenings while they are snuffling around outside. people make me mad, staring at their mobile or cell phones, not seeing, not caring, thank goodness some of us do, loved it. Have a great weekend, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell and yes, thank goodness some of us still care....you sound like my Bev, touching trees and watching butterflies...she has taught me so much about seeing everything around me. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

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      Larry Kitzmann 3 years ago

      As you know Bill I've been following your writing for some time now. Damn this one is fantastic, awesome, beautiful, well you get the idea. Well done my friend, and I am glad I am able to call you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, thank you! That means a great deal to me because I wanted it special....so I have a big smile on my face thanks to you. :)

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Bill left me speechless on this Friday morning and will say we are definitely not helping Mother Earth one bit and it is such a shame. Here is to hoping that it will somehow change and get better, because the possibilities are endless if this were the case. Thanks as always and wishing you a Happy Friday now!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This hub speaks to my heart and soul, Bill. I think you really drove the point home when you asked your readers if they would cut off an ear, arm, etc. People are selfish - always putting their needs first. Perhaps if they relate our land to their own bodies, they will see that in killing the land, we are killing ourselves and all life on which we depend for survival.

      If we don't start respecting our land now and do all we can to repair and restore it, life will cease to exist. It's as simple as that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, if I left you speechless then I am a happy writer. Thank you for that and I hope your weekend is filled with wonder.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      So many beautiful phrases describe the beauty of the day from sunrise to sunset. Earth truly deserves our care and admiration. Your message is clear and I pray that we respond appropriately. Thank you for the challenge, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha....I read a wonderful quote the other day and now I've forgotten it. LOL Anyway, it had to do with the belief that the Earth will not come to an end....we will. All we are doing is strangling ourselves with our behavior. Nice thought, eh? :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      For our own sake, Dora, I pray that we respond too. Thank you for your kind words and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      No, it's not a nice thought (I know you were being sarcastic) but it's true!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Me, sarcastic??? I'm shocked! :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow bill this is one of your best, we gonna have to start calling you Wild Bill! lol

      I agree completely. It will never end though. Greed will always win out as long as man is running the show, but there will come a day of the Garden of Eden again and we none want to miss that!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I'm afraid you are right. Greed will always exist and that is not good news for the Earth or for mankind....but still we keep hoping.

      Thank you, Jackie, and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, I sent an amazing comment. For whatever reason, my computer dumped it.

      Guess my computer did not approve!?

      Anyway, this is one of your best articles.

      I enjoyed it, greatly!

      DJ.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      The poet in you is showing my friend! This is so very relevant and too many of us are just burying our heads in the sand as if it will never touch us, well news flash..we're already paying the price. A wonderful and passionate write, keep up the good work. My best as always. Loved your images.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well shoot, DJ, I would have loved it. Damn HP! LOL oops, can I get away with saying that? I guess we'll find out.

      Have a lovely weekend my friend and thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Jo! I wanted this one to be special and your comment make me smile. :) Have a lovely weekend, Jo.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Ah darnit. You did it again. Yes, you've outdone yourself. Amazing writing about such an important topic. You managed to write so beautifully and captured my attention within the first few words. I know I'm reading something by a great writer when my imagination follows the words and takes me on a journey that I've never physically been. Fantastic job, Bill. Have a great weekend!

      Liz

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, thank you! This one felt good when I was writing it, but affirmation is always good to have when you are a writer. Enjoy your weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      So beautifully written - like a poem in prose disguise. And so full of truth and reminder! If we don't care for our 'spaceship Earth' - it will eventually cease to be able to care for us, as insignificant as we actually are. The power to destroy often seems greater than the power to protect and to save our wondrous planet, but which we pursue is our own ongoing choice, every moment we breath this wonderful air and sip this wonderful water with which our Earth supplies us, in spite of what seems our determination to pollute and disrespect them, like biting the hand that feeds us.

      Excellent on all counts, Billy! Gets my votes, though one isn't listed by HP: Profound!

      OH my! I'm appalled. I accidentally hit the down-thumb vote and there is no way provided to reverse it, it seems. I'm devastated!! Of all hubs I vote UP, this is a top one! Any suggestions, anyone?? Well, I left and returned and voted again, as I'd intended. At least that cancels the wrong vote!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      billy, this is your best yet! I felt every word, and longed for more. Your eloquent descriptions summed up how I feel about Man's abuse and abandonment of Mother Earth. There is no doubt about it, you are a fantastically gifted wordsmith. You left me breathless, my friend ;) Pearl

      Voted Up++++shared and pinned

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Repeated the leaving- coming back and voting again. Maybe that's the solution. Hope so!!

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      Greg Boudonck 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Another great hub billy. We must do more, or we are doomed. It is everyone's responsibility, but if someone drops their part, we must pick up their responsibility. If we see garbage strewn and bypass it when it is in our power to "fix" it, we are just as bad as the person who threw it I believe.

      keep 'em coming my friend.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, you wanna know what I envisioned as I read this?

      Hugh Jackson...onstage... in a mesmerizing, bigger than life soliloquy...with the backdrops slowly transitioning as the content of his monologue moves westward.

      Dang, Bill, you done outdone yourself and the entire population of Olympia, including the hot air balloons posing as politicians in our lovely capital dome.

      This was amazing in its poetic eloquence! I'm thrilled and honored to be a reader, follower, and fellow writer. Thanks so much for this wonderful gift--a perfect way to enter the weekend.

      Aloha, my friend!

      ~Joe

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      When I think of all the waste and polution it makes me ill. Even at Marina Del Rey..around the boat...is stuff in the water. I know recycling helps a lot, but not enough. The country seems to be slowly going downhill...for many reasons and really not a person to blame...however taking a look at our obese society, homeless, hungry and general mess around..not so good..but the hub was wonderful..I may have to paint the photograph at the top.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. It really is sad what the human population is doing to our planet. I don't think we're going to get any do-overs when it comes to the planet. It is clear to me that on our current course the planet will be in peril at some time in the future. Your message is one that everyone needs to here. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, you cracked me up. I did that once and I froze....like oh my God, what do I do now. LOL I think your solution was perfect. Thank you for your kind words...I may not be a poet, but I can happily live with the description "a poem in prose disguise."

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, I have always said my goal is to stun the reader. I don't do it every time out, but once in a while I get it right....and it is so nice to hear that from you. Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Works for me, Nellianna! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greg, I like your attitude and I thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I am humbled by your praise and thank you! I wanted this one to be special. I don't always have the time to spend on a quality article, but this time I did and I'm so happy to hear others were pleased with it. Thank you my friend and I hope your weekend is a wonderful one.

      Aloha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, it is a beautiful picture, isn't it? Talk about the majesty of nature! As for society, I want to believe there is still hope and time to turn things around. :)

      Thank you Carol; have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, you and I won't be around to see it, but I suspect you are right about the peril.....or else the planet will survive but we won't. Either way it is not a pretty picture.

      Thanks buddy. Sending you peace of heart this weekend.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      It can't be too late. We can't let it be.

      This amazing place we call home deserves our protection. One of your best, Bill. I hope that it is read far and wide as we all need to make a difference, do our part, to see to it that those who come after us will not be cheated.

      Angels are on the way. ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, I suspect the Earth will make it....I'm not so sure about mankind. :) Thank you my friend and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Lovely, Bill! The pictures are glorious.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Crafty....I appreciate it. Have a great weekend.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Humankind's fear of nature is always increasing. Fear of disease, fear of poverty, fear of inconvenience, etc. As this fear grows, the fight against nature grows stronger. Sure, we say we love nature and "natural" things. We buy organic cookies in a recycled paperboard package and think we've contributed to health and Ecology. We pick up recycled toilet paper and give ourselves a pat on the back. We think we're fighting for the earth, but it's all a sham.

      Don't worry. I'll be back to my snarky self in a couple of weeks.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very poetic, realistic and compromising! I hope readers may share to help open eyes to the message.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's all well and good, Lizzy, but how did I do with the writing? LMAO

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so too, Maria! Thank you and blessings to you on this fine weekend.

      bill

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Ok, that made me literally LOL! Beautiful writing as usual, my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...you crack me up, Lizzy! Thanks hon!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Bravo! This is the most beautifully written hub and thought-provoking, at the same time. Wow... and you quoted one of my favorite writers right from the start. I just love C. S. Lewis.

      Dear Bill, I must say this is a most stirring write here, one of your very best in my mind.

      I am always in awe in seeing the lovely sights each day and I often stop along the county roads to watch the sunset...so beautiful and even those rolling verdant pastures across from my home, just so serene.

      This is a most lovely, yet profound write to read at the end of this day.

      Thank you for showcasing your most beautiful writing as of yet...to me. I know I stated that a couple times here, but it is true!

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings and love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you brought a smile to my face with that lovely comment and praise. Thank you so much. I put a little extra effort into this one,and it's a subject that is important to me. Thank you so much for recognizing the effort and affirming it. I greatly appreciate it.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You and I are so lucky to live when we did. There are reports that our earth is beginning to feel the weight of our numbers.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Beautifully written with such an important message.

      I especially liked the section on the Rockies, somehow I was there.

      Your message was clearly defined and well written. As a world we need to start to heed it.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I do believe you are right....it was the perfect time for me to grow up, and I feel like I don't fit in society today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, thank you so much! It's nice to have this piece appreciated. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      So beautifully written, Bill. One of your best.

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      Your words have left a beautiful vision in my mind's eye and heart; one of a beautiful and peaceful earth.

      A true masterpiece my friend. Voted up ++++

      Take care

      Sue

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go Bill, I felt like I was on a virtual vacation with all the places you took me. I also felt sad because there is so much more we could do, yet we don't. Some of us do try which is appreciated. Thanks for the "trip!"

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Your descriptive writing is quite something my friend, talk about connecting with all the senses in this! As always with an ulterior motive or lesson to be learnt. As you so rightly recognize we are all connected to everything and everything has consequences. Learning to live on this beautiful planet in harmony with one another and enjoying what is around us daily is within us all to accomplish.

      Thank you Bill for an awesome piece of writing, truly beautifully penned my friend. I bow even further to your incredible talent and gift you have been given. You rock!!

      Cheers for an exceptional post :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I really appreciate that. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, thank you! I don't handle praise well but yours made me smile. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that was as nice a thing as you could say....if it felt like a virtual vacation then I accomplished what I set out to do. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I'm blushing. Thank you for such beautiful praise. Every once in awhile I write something I'm really proud of...this was one of those times.

      hugs my friend, and a howdy to MJ

      bill

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a beautiful and very descriptive hub, Bill, with wonderful images. I love the idea that Mother Earth is inside us! You've emphasized the problems faced by the earth in a very effective way.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      It seems to me that whether or not a person believes global warming is real, or that climate change is real, it makes sense to take care of the only planet we have to sustain human life.

      So many people are worried (so they say) about leaving a huge tax debt to their children and grandchildren to deal with. What about leaving them a giant landfill to live in?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia...this was one of my favorites. :) I hope you are having a nice weekend as summer continues here in Washington.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, it is all about priorities, is it not, and the environment is not a political priority. My worry is that it never will be until it is too late.

      Thank you for stopping by; I appreciate it.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is beautiful, Bill! It's an important message, and your stunning imagery made me feel as if I was moving about through the country as you spoke. This is our world, our only Earth, and we only have one chance to preserve it.

      Voted up and shared.

      I hope your weekend is going well, my friend. Have a great afternoon!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you for sharing this important message. We really have to do all we can to help the planet.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Aauuww, thank you, billybuc for giving me another opportunity today to cherish the wonder of living...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathryn! I'm glad you enjoyed this. Anyone who goes on long walks as you do would appreciate this message.

      The weekend has been a good one. Thank you and I hope you are doing better.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, vkwok, for taking the time to read this message.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, it truly was my pleasure. Thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Your words are not only uniquely brilliant but exceptionally inspiring, Bill, and I do not say that to every pretty face whose work I read. Trust me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, do you know a lot of pretty faces? LOL

      I am humbled by your praise...truly...thank you!

      bill

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Caring for Mother Earth s not a shallow thing. It is a necessity. Well done!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! I should be a full time job for all of us.

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Lovely. Simply lovely. Thank you for reminding all to take care of our precious home.. It is on us to see that she is well cared for.

      Sending many Angels to you this most beautiful day. ps

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you so much! I will accept your angels and I send you hugs and blessings in return.

      bill

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read once again Billy and as you know how much Mother Nature means to me I can assure you that this one is a treat.

      You get your point across wonderfully and I also am very proud to call you one of my dearest friends. here's to a wonderful day for you and Bev.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, that means a great deal to me...dear friends from across the water. How cool is that?

      love,

      billy

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      The earth is a beautiful place, as long as we take care of it. I enjoyed the trip across the United States with your beautiful pictures. Yes, we can do more, and we will!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we can; yes we must; yes we will. Love the positive message, Denise. Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      We are to be good stewards of earth in order to keep everything in balance with a good life. I love your encouragement of this truth through your writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I think we are badly outnumbered, but hopefully we can answer the call and make a difference.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Yesterday we took a drive in the country and for some reason there was trash everywhere. Even my daughter noticed it and commented on how sad it looked. Great reminder to take care of our Earth or it may not be around to take care of us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glimmer. I think we all need to pay a little closer attention to how we treat this planet. I'm happy to hear that your daughter noticed. There is hope for the future. :)

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