Signs of Change – Promises to Our Mother


Walking out of St Christopher’s Art Exhibit I noticed a Ritz Cracker box hanging in the frangipani tree.


Carefully stepping on the ice plants, I leaned in for a closer look.  The cardboard were cut in the shapes of leaves.  On the blank side, children pledged to become more conscious consumers – although it was probably not taught to them using those words.



Teach the children so they will bring their lessons home.

There is still time to see the annual Student Art Exhibits at both the Junior School in Sar and the Senior School in Isa Town.


Save A Camel’s Life

The Ministry of Electricity and Water decorates our bills with helpful hints.  However, this month’s suggestion to “Save Electricity and Water , Save LIFE” stumped me for a few moments.

The electrical outlet for the fish tank’s air supply was intentionally included in the drawing.  Hmmm.

If we reduce the fish’ water and air, we would kill them, not save their lives.  Is MEW implying that fish tanks are a useless waste of water and electricity?

On the envelope’s opposite side is a wonderful drawing of modern Bahrainis getting back to nature during camping season.  While enjoying life in the countryside, and without leaving their tents, they can pay their electricity bill from their mobile phone or laptop.

As the drawing shows, unlike their ancestors who had to put up with the desert’s heat and lack of water, modern men can enjoy desert without suffering its inconveniences.  The traditional fabric tent’s interior is equipped with electric lighting, air conditioning and running water.  Even sand in your pant is no longer a problem because everyone sits on sofas.

Save a LIFE.  Of course!

They want to save camels’ lives by ridding them of their burdens.  Instead of a camel, it is much better to use a sport-utility vehicle to haul all that equipment out to the campsites around the Tree of Life.

And do not take your fish to camp.  They should left at home – where they belong.

What Good is It?

The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: “What good is it?”

– Aldo Leopold

1887 – 1948 born in Burlington, Iowa

Aldo Leopold is considered to be the the father of wilderness management.  In Baraboo, Wisconsin where he made his home on “a worn out farm”,  March 2-4, 2012 is Aldo Leopold weekend.

On this sand farm in Wisconsin, first worn out and then abandoned by our bigger and better society, we try to rebuild, with shovel and axe, what we are losing elsewhere. It is here that we seek—and still find—our meat from God.

Foreword to A Sand County Almanac (1949), ASCA viii

Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

All over the USA including in Ames, Cedar Rapids, and Perry Iowa, there will be people getting together to learn more about his Leopold’s legacy.

Check out the calendar to see whether there is a hike, a Green Fire film screening, a service project or a reading of his works in your area in early March.

Green Fire is a 2011 full length documentary about Aldo Leopold’s life.


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