Earth Day

All the reds and oranges.

Tomorrow is Earth Day. Normally, I’d post something on the day of the event. This time, I thought I’d give you a little time to plan.

What are you going to do to make the planet a little healthier?

Me? I’m going to pick up trash.

It’s locals and tourists.

Once, I heard a tourist in The Marigny say that all this trash on the ground was just terrible as she proceeded to throw her trash on the ground.


Once, after watching a guy throw trash on the street in front of our house, I asked him to pick it up. When he refused I said, “Pick that up. This isn’t your mama’s living room.”

He did.

It doesn’t matter what you do, but do something.

On another note, justice was served yesterday. Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three charges: second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter.

At the time that George Floyd was killed, the Minneapolis police department claimed that he died in transit. Their lie was exposed by a courageous 17 year old teenager named Darnella Frazier. I think I read that the city honored with a medal.

I agree with Stephen Colbert. I find it hard to celebrate when a man is still dead. I think, like many people do, that this is just a start.

Of course, just as the verdict was being announced, another teenage girl was killed by a cop in Columbus, Ohio. The police department immediately released the body camera footage and it looks like the shooting was clean.

I have some thoughts about that.

When I was a young man — a teenager — cops were not so heavily armed. They didn’t carry tasers and their weapons were a revolver and baton.

Back in the day, they would have tried to talk her down. If they couldn’t do that and she threatened them, they’d hit the arm holding the knife with their baton. Likely, they would have broken her arm.

A broken arm isn’t dead.

Maybe that’s how you reform police departments. Go back to the basics. Most departments are way too up armored. They often look like soldiers going into combat. They are on the street to protect and serve, not kill people.

Now is the time for technical comments.

But first, a rant.

This damn block system has got to go. Once again, it put a box around my writing. Click anywhere near the box and everything is gone.

I’ve been having what the Brits call a spirited conversation with a “happiness engineer.”

The picture. It’s really two layered horizontal pictures. I twisted them up in a program that is designed to help you correct compositional problems like a tilted horizon line.

Then, I turned the horizontal picture to the vertical. I corrected whatever I thought was a problem and pushed the contrast and sharpening until it looked like an illustration.

That’s it.

If you want to learn about actual settings I’ll tell you, but first make sure that your phone is equipped with Snapseed, which is a free product.

Then, ask me questions. I’ll guide you through the process.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Get your jabs. (Don’t turn red state on me) Look after each other. Be patient.



17 responses to “Earth Day”

  1. veldah Avatar

    My great granddaughter was born on Earth Day. She is 7 tomorrow and I’m sad that we can’t be together.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      That’s very cool. I’m sorry you can’t be with her, but the time is coming soon.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Debra Avatar

    The verdict yesterday was a start. But I agree with you that to find it celebratory is a sad commentary on what we have in expectation, and Mr. Floyd is still dead. There’s a lot to unpack with each of these shootings, but with bystander videos, the weight of truth is tipped in a little better balance perhaps.

    I feel a strong commitment to environmental responsibility every day. I always have more that I can do, but we try to follow as many conservation measures as we can. A major focus is maintaining a healthy wildlife habitat and that’s becoming a huge job. Once you start, you can’t really take time out! 🙂

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I just watched a New York Times discussion with experts from all over the world about using technology to help the environment. What nobody mentioned was that using computers is one of the prime consumers of power which drives up the temperature. It’s a reason the crypto currency my eventually come to an end.

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    2. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ Avatar

      Dear Ray Laskowitz and Debra,

      Thank you for thinking about the Earth and also the case of George Floyd.

      Indeed, Earth Day is so special and important that every day is Earth Day because we are so dependent on Mother Earth and owe her everything. Thank you for sharing and reminding us of this special day with the contents of your post.

      I have also taken the opportunity to improve and update my expansive multimedia post about Earth Day at

      The said post is best viewed on a large screen of a desktop or laptop computer, since it could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately. Please enjoy my Earth Day offering!

      May you find the rest of 2021 very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, reading, thinking and blogging whatever topics that take your intellectual fancy!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Thank you. When The first Earth Day happened in 1970, I missed it. I was a little busy flying around during the war in Vietnam. I didn’t part take until 1972 when I was finally home. I guess that means I have a pretty good idea what it meant, what it evolved into and where it is today.

        What did you do for Earth Day? As I wrote, I picked up trash. A lot of trash.

        I originally read your blog on my phone. One of my super powers is not listening. Feature rich? Nope. It’s just plain confusing. One of the biggest things that you could have done was simplify your blog so you don’t use as much energy creating it and asking people to read all of it.


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      2. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ Avatar

        Please pardon my typo, for I meant “my most recent post published…”, not “my post recent post published”.


  3. Judi Castille Avatar

    Love this photo. Make a great tapestry.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. Have at it.


      1. Judi Castille Avatar

        I started Following you on Instagram. Somehow I wasn’t. Love the spirit of your photos.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

    Thank you. All old work. I can’t shoot like that anymore.

    Liked by 1 person

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