Today millions of people around the country marched for respect (way to go!), and I should have, but through a bit of bad planning I started my volunteering efforts at the same time at the Katharine Ordway Nature Preserve restoring native prairie. I found the opportunity through volunteermatch.org. Essentially we (about 20 volunteers) trimmed woody things like sumac back, and my back now hurts. I need to do non-bending over volunteer stuff, I think. We also went on a sweet educational walk after about 2 hours of work. I felt great afterwards—volunteering makes you feel good (unless your back goes out). I met like a dozen people.
The Katharine Ordway Natural History Area was donated by the lady of the same name, an amazing woman and heiress of a 3M fortune who put it to good use in states across the nation, creating a network of prairies totaling 31,000 acres. Trump would probably see it as a great place for a golf course. Instead he deletes mention of the Waterways of the US act (so industry can profit from your waterways!) and the Climate Action Plan from Whitehouse.gov.
Anyway, on our hike, in the middle of winter on the edge of a lake tied to the Mississippi we came across a natural spring—and green, because of the temp of the water bubbling up through the ground. We learned people lived here 2,500 years ago because of the water access—a college archeology class just recently found pots and other remnants.
The arc of history is indeed long, my friends. You do what you can do while you’re here, always with an eye not upon yourself but on those who will come after.