Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Married on Earth Day

Yes, we got married on Earth Day. And, no, we did not intend to.

Married on Earth Day

Storrow Drive as it might have looked on 04/22/1990 (artist´s conception / photo illustration)
Storrow Drive as it might have looked on 04/22/1990 (artist's conception / photo illustration)

How do you celebrate Earth Day? For the past 19 years, I’ve begun my observance by kissing my husband, Don, and saying "Happy Anniversary!"

Yes, we got married on Earth Day. And, no, we did not intend to.

Except for the first Earth Day, in 1970, the holiday had always been pretty much off the radar, except to hippie types.  Then in 1990, the year of our wedding, it re-emerged with no prior warning on April 22 as an officially big deal.

In Boston, where we tied the knot, the city decided to mark the gala return of Earth Day by shutting down Storrow Drive—a major highway— to paint it green.  Gridlock ensued. Among the idling masses: our officiant, band, guests and various and sundry members of the wedding party—all unable to get to the church on time.

At the end of the day, literally, the wedding turned out really well. Marriagewise, it’s all turned out spectacularly.  And thanks to the confluence of the big green holiday and our wedding day, everyone remembers our anniversary date.  (Apparently, John Kerry has his own fond greening-of-Storrow Drive memory, from Earth Day 1970.)

In the long term, I guess a little gridlock isn’t so bad—except for the ozone.  Can anyone other than me anticipate bling from their husbands for Earth Day?

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Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.


Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.


Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.


In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
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  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
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  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man





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