From the David Suzuki Foundation - Just last week, the sale and use of hundreds of lawn and garden pesticides were banned in Ontario due, in part, to the efforts of the David Suzuki Foundation and our supporters! So if you’re from Ontario, get out there and roll around on the grass with your kids and pets – you no longer have to worry about touching and breathing in cancer-causing chemicals anymore! Ontario’s victory was huge, because all nine of the chemicals used in lawn and garden pesticides that we campaigned to have banned were included in the new Cosmetic Pesticide Act passed by the Ontario government.
Report on Spring
From my yard - Things are moving along here. I awoke to the spring territorial song of a male cardinal. The day continued warm, and some of the small birds that don’t exactly migrate south, but who disappear when the temperature really dips, have returned – songs sparrows and grackles. And this afternoon I saw one little male goldfinch who had a clearly visible dark cap, no doubt getting ready to impress the ladies. The pussywillow bush is starting to show some signs of silky buds – at least where the bunnies haven’t nibbled on it! Oh, and I almost forgot, saw a robin, too.
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.