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Don’t Know What We’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone…

The Associated Press put together several quotes from astronauts who have travelled into space to orbit our planet about what our fragile, blue orb means to them.  I thought this quote from Jim Lovell was especially poignant and wanted to share it with all of you:

"It's hard to appreciate the Earth when you're down right upon it because it's so huge.

"It gives you in an instant, just at a position 240,000 miles away from it, (an idea of) how insignificant we are, how fragile we are, and how fortunate we are to have a body that will allow us to enjoy the sky and the trees and the water … It's something that many people take for granted when they're born and they grow up within the environment. But they don't realize what they have. And I didn't till I left it."

-Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 and 13.

It is Earth Day today.  Thought it might be nice to get some perspective from folks who have gotten that space-eye-view of the planet.  If you are in the mood for a bit of additional music, might I suggest this lovely song from Sting entitled "Fragile."  Lest we forget how fragile we are…

Taylor has the President's statement on Earth Day.  Let's just say it's not exactly the most credible thing I've read lately.  And I don't know why, but this NYTimes profile just made me smile this morning.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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