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Earth Day 50

Earth Day 50 . . .

The Globe by Kim Brandell on Earth Day 50 Morning.
(NYC 04 22 2020)

Ten years ago on Earth Day 40 I walked in Central Park and wrote of the lovely clear spring day it was and how nature and the city seemed to be in ecological balance.

Ten years later we find New York City like the rest of the world locked down in the midst of a global pandemic. The weather is the same, even more intensely clear and crisp, but the human activity is mostly absent.

My everyday life has me fall under the category of “essential (healthcare) worker” who also happens to work the night shift. My morning commute home, a healthy walk rather than a horrid subway ride, today took me through Central Park to revisit the view of a decade ago, which remains the same except for the spikes of several new supertall condominum towers stretched along the width of Central Park South.

Viola sororia, bi-colored form, claims a crack near Columbus Circle.
(NYC 04 2020)

My strongest impression is that the high blue sky clear of jet vapor trails and streets devoid of the numbing hum of peak vehicular traffic have given the city, in fact the entire planet, a pause to catch its natural breath. It’s as if the Earth is itself a meta unicellular creature exclaiming: “Thank you for ceasing to stress me with all that bad gas. Here is a perfect spring day as a reward.”

Earth Day 50: ironically the most beautiful Earth Day I have so far witnessed. May it not be the last.

The Lake in Central Park.
(NYC 04 22 2020)

— rPs 04 22 2020

Postscript: Time Does Fly. Read about Earth Day 40 here:

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Day Without Art 2015

Day Without Art 2015

(an oxymoron for Aristotélēs)


Sweet in sustenance
Swims this combustible
Carbon water brain.

This blob tells me,
Compels me,
Yells at me.

Scanning other computers
All commuters,
In unison, yeah.

Cloud composed, composer,
Lack of composure.
Just right, suppose, or.

Sophistry some-ocracy, yes,
Suppository idolatry, yea,
Each on purveys.


This Is Politics:
Opinion. Rhetoric.
Not Poetry Poetic.


Enduring November Rain 11 2015

Enduring Rain (NYC Late Autumn 2015)


— rPs 12 01 2015


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Earth Day 41 on the Fly

Earth Day 41 on the Fly . . .


A carpet of Marsh Marigold (Caltha pulustris) covers the banks of French Creek in Phoenixville, PA. (photo taken 04 22 2011)


Last year I celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by fly fishing in Manhattan’s Central Park. This year, because of the Easter and Passover holidays, my wife and I found ourselves in her hometown of Phoenixville, PA.

The urban angler, my literary alter ego (and primary job description), finds a home away from home in this attractive red brick steel town located in Pennsylvania’s Chester County. A tributary of the Schuylkill River, French Creek, flows just five blocks from the home of my wife’s parents. We began to fly fish there last year and discovered a fine and scenic fishery for brown trout, fallfish, and the ocassional smallmouth bass and sunfish.

No fish were encountered during this year’s inagural outing. The spring has sprung slowly here and the day progressed under a gray nimbus sky. A thin rain made conditions right for early season trout fishing, (low light, a sustained evening insect hatch), but the fish were not to be encountered along the stretch we explored with the dry fly, wet fly, and streamer. We did see some interesting bird species (tufted titmouse and belted kingfisher) and several varieties of blooming wildflowers, including the Marsh Marigold (Caltha pulustris) which I described last year as “The Fly Fisher’s Flower” . . .

Happy Earth Day (#41) !

– rPs 04 22 2011

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