Nature Boys, Girls, The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn Is Just To Love And Be Loved In Return.

Via on Mar 23, 2009

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Last week it rained for three days straight!

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Abilene and I were almost tired of having teas and coffees!

Abba likes tea, I like coffee…

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So there could not have been a better day to receive an invitation to a party…

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in New Orleans!

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But first we had to figure out the most mindful way to get there.

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Houston to New Orleans round trip is 720 miles.

6 gallons of gas = 20 lbs of CO2

Houston to New Orleans driving = 120 lbs CO2

Using the footprint counter we figured that a round trip flight to New Orleans would= 386 lbs CO2

So we got in the car.

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When we arrived, it seemed that there were butterflies everywhere we walked!

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And some other amazing families too!

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We found this sculpture in the Arboretum called “Travelers.”

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It was good that we had been very careful about calculating our carbon footprint in getting there,

because St. Patricks Day in New Orleans was put on by China.

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It was not very green of them.

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This lucky leprechaun gave us a green coin and told us how to follow the rainbow

to get to the pot of gold! So we did!!

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The Alliance for Affordable Energy is rebuilding New Orleans sustainably,

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Sustain the Nine, Historic Green is focusing on the Lower Ninth.

I don’t know if you were aware, but they recently had the ocean come in.

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It made a big mess!

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Before we got to the pot of gold I found this cool rainbow hula hoop…

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and I twirled it so fast

that it transported me to China!

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Once I was there, I gave them their stuff back.

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And I told them that we were just confused, we didn’t really need it.

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I’m thinking about a Revolution where we see our stuff with new eyes

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“There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far, very far
Over land and sea
A little shy
And sad of eye
But very wise
Was he

And then one day
A magic day he passed my way
And while we spoke of many things, fools and kings
This he said to me
“The greatest thing
You’ll ever learn
Is just to love
And be loved
In return”

Nature Boy” by Eden Ahbez

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About Joana Smith

Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...

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8 Responses to “Nature Boys, Girls, The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn Is Just To Love And Be Loved In Return.”

  1. Yay! Good to see a new e-scrapbook from you! I missed your blogs!

  2. Doug says:

    This is great, Joana. Charlie and Celia love tea too.

  3. Chuck says:

    Wonderful, trip to N'orleans with a conservationist's eye; beautifully photographed……..

  4. Grandma D says:

    I loved following your journey. It must help you and Abilene to remember while you have tea in the rain.

  5. megan says:

    friend. this is beautiful.
    so many things.

  6. Leslie DEak says:

    What a lovely photo of my two favorite S-families. Glad to see you had a nice time!

  7. Michelle says:

    I could love that sax player.

  8. I noticed something as well about this on another blog site.Interesting, your view on it is diametrically contradicted to what I read previously. I'm still trying to figure out over the conflicting points of view, but I'm tipped strongly toward your point of view. And in any case, that's what is so wonderful about modern democracy and the marketplace of thoughts on-line.

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