Monthly Archives: April 2014

EARTH DAY & WA-KLO

ImageToday is Earth Day.  April 22nd has been the prominent date to celebrate Earth Day since 1970 with its founding by Gaylord Nelson, a USA senator from Wisconsin.  Nelson came up with the idea for his environmental “teach-in” following a trip he took to California right after a terrible oil spill off the coast in 1969.   Nelson was very upset with the devastation of the coast and Washington, DC’s lack of passion for the environment, so he proposed a national teach-in on the environment to be observed by every university campus in the U.S.  Teach-ins are meant to be practical, participatory, and move people to action.  In 1970, Earth Day had a participation of 20 million people in the USA;  today, Earth Day is thought to be observed by 500 million people in 175 countries.

Margaret Mead, a famous anthropologist (the academic study of humankind), said this about Earth Day:  “Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord…”

Part of Wa-Klo’s mission is to “develop a girl’s connection to the environment;” we are blessed with natural beauty found in the trees, underbrush, water, mountains, and wildlife.  The most precious gift we can give to Wa-Klo is to preserve, protect, and tend to the earth and all living species that dwell on it.  Celebrate Earth Day and remember that the future of the world is in your hands. 

ImageThe symbol for Earth Day is the Greek letter “theta.”  The theta sign is a combination of the letters “E” and “O,” which stands for the words “environment” and “organism.”  Egyptians used a symbol for the universe in the form of theta with a fiery circle representing the world and a snake spanning the middle representing Agathos Daimon, which means “good spirit”.   Think of the “O” in Wa-Klo as representing the camp, which is filled with happy and caring women.  Wa-Klo girls are truly stewards of the environment.

The beauty of Wa-Klo depends on all working together in small and big ways to save our natural resources.  Give special attention to the earth on April 22nd, but celebrate Earth Day every day of your life.

The Mountain changes every day…

Susan Chenet

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

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While I was driving home from work yesterday, I saw it.  The trees are beginning to bud.  There’s no denying it, life is beginning to pulsate through the trees, the shrubs, and I’ve seen a few flowers appear in the oddest places.  While Jaffrey (Dr. Maurer’s dog and my best friend slash boyfriend) and I take walks, Jaffrey loves to find the random flowers amongst the ivy and weeds and leave his mark on them.  I suppose it’s his small way of showing appreciation to the newness sprouting all around us.

I lived in Louisiana most of my life; I only moved to New York in 2007.  In Louisiana, the cold weather would come and go during the winter months.  Louisiana would definitely get cold, but it wouldn’t stay cold.  As a Louisiana girl, I could wear shorts many times during the winter, and I was able to spend a great deal of time outside year round.  I suppose one of the biggest adjustments to living in New York, especially this year, has been getting quality time outside during the winter.  I’ve always known that fresh air, sunshine, and nature are as vital to me as bathing, and being stuck inside for the last few months has been taxing.  I always enjoyed spring when living down south, but now as a northerner not only do I enjoy spring, but I also appreciate it so much more.

I notice the renewal that spring brings now more than I’ve ever before.  I truly see the brown turf turning into a sparkling, green field; I can’t wait to see that special lily show its color amongst the twigs and branches that have fallen during the winter storms;  and watching the trees come to life is nothing short of a miracle.

Yes, I miss the Louisiana winters, but the spring rewards make New York winters bearable.  My challenge for you is to find new appreciation for something that you love.  I’ve decided that a bitterly cold winter exists to make spring feel so much better.

Spring leads to summer which leads you to the gates of Wa-Klo…

The mountain changes every day,

Susan Chenet