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Gardening For Wildlife, Issue #011 A late Easter message
April 09, 2007

Can you hardly stand this weather?

Cold weather this time of year isn't all that unusual, but a stretch like this sure messes with things.

The folks in parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula have already received over 50 inches of snow and more on the way.

In April?

That would make me cry.

I've been under the weather the last few days with flu like symptoms so I haven't accomplished much. Now Karen is feeling a bit down.

Yep, no walks for the fur kids the past few days.

Of course the weather wasn't right either.

Yolanda has her braces back again, so we will see if they are finally adjusted to fit her needs.

The cold hasn't slowed down the birds though.

Nature continues, as the birds continue to sing and dance.

I have more juncos right now then I did during the cold of winter.

If you are missing any of your cowbirds please let me know, I think they are here and I know they would be happy to go home :-)

I was feeling to poorly last week to write a special Easter letter so you get it today.

Twice a year I allow myself the opportunity to share a bit on my faith and our "Creator".

Twice a year I lose some readers because it that.

I would rather lose all readers and speak than have millions of readers and keep my mouth shut.

Yes, I believe in Creation and a Creator.

Easter Sunday is a celebration of life.

"Resurrection Sunday"

If we didn't praise him, the rocks would shout out praises.

Look around you and admire your creator and creation.

Thank him that we live in countries where we can worship and praise.

Take a few moments everyday and watch/study things around you.

The complexity of a tree or a micro eco-system that grows in your field or pond.

Have you given any thought to what is involved for a caterpillar to become a beautiful butterfly.

The simplicity of the air we breathe.

Only by intelligent design my friend.

How our planet Earth is just the right distance from the sun and tilted the right angle to provide the four seasons.

How earth provides for all of life's needs.

All by design and for us to enjoy, but for his pleasure.

God has given us the responsibility of being stewards of his planet.

Humans in general have failed miserably.

For too long we have treated earth as a commodity, not as a community.

Earth is full of living communities.

When we wipe out one community, we weaken others in life's chain.

Can we continue to pollute and not see increasing consequences.

If we destroy an eco-system, can we really expect the birds to come back or the butterflies? Certain creatures rely on a narrow source for food and shelter.

Take that away and they simply stop reproducing.

Ah yes, reproduction.

Birds, plants, insects, animals and people cannot come to be without reproduction.

What is reproduction?

Two cells coming together to "CREATE" new life.

All designed by intelligence

A reader mentioned to me once about evolution by design. If that is so, isn't it still creation?

My wise departed mom once explained creation to me something like this(I miss her).

When God created the heavens and the earth, he didn't stop right there, but set certain laws in motion.

Creation continues today (thank you for that) with his laws and supporting casts.

We live because "he lives".

"You may find God in the laughter of your children; the grief of a friend; the opening of forsythias after a long winter; or the quiet testimony of ants and cobwebs. God's alter is everywhere and in everything.

T. Byram Karasu M.D. professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Well said doctor.

, thank you for allowing me to speak for these few moments.

Well, it's time to fly for now.

Back to "Gardening For Wildlife" next week.

I hope you have a blessed week and be sure to smile.

Your pearly whites just might be what the doctor ordered.

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

"He has risen indeed"

Your friend indeed

Ron Patterson

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