June 8th is World Oceans Day, watch the video below and revel in the awesome beauty and power of our world seas.
Yet, all is not well. It is easy to recognize environmental crises on our soil, i.e. toxic waste, harvest practices, and many others. But the health of our oceans is not so evident, not in our face, like other issues. Even for those of us who live on the coast, we look out upon an ocean that never seems to change. But the changes are coming, and fast.
Nine Problems Destroying Our Oceans (Photos)
“I heard that if you build a small house, and place it near the woods, then fairies and gnomes will come to visit. They will come at night most of the time. They love children, and will bring you gifts, something from nature, every time they come.”
I have to brag, this beautiful little wooden and copper work of art was designed by my son, Matt (blog link) and built by my husband, Greg. As grandparents, we are committed to exposing our grandchildren to the world of nature. Their parents are doing a wonderful job of that too. I was reading recently how peculiar it would seem to an ancient, indigenous culture that we now have to “teach” about nature. Most of us no longer live in the heart of the natural world, but we must never lose our connection to it.
On his first visit to the gnome house, the look on our grandson’s face was incredible! He circled around it and peered in the windows. And opened the door to find that the gnome had left him a beautiful crystal , an amethyst. Now every time he receives a gift, an unusual stone, a shell perhaps, or a feather dropped by a bird, he wants to pick a wildflower and leave it in the box, to give back to the gnome. So cute!
Now we await our granddaughter’s first visit. The forest fairy is just waiting. The fairy knows she’s coming, and there will be a gift in the mailbox, something from our beautiful, natural world!