Letter from the Publisher

April drops its sweet rain, to nourish the soulful flowers and further cleanse our streets through the Florida landscape, without regard for society’s imposed boundaries and fences. There seems such freedom and trust within Nature’s way that all will be served as needed.

Not so unique to Florida, our storm drains divert not only the water from the sky but all that floats through their grates toward the waterways and ultimately our great oceans and source of way, more than I can comprehend. I take many an opportunity to pick up plastic and other floatables I see on the sidewalks to the nearest trashcan for us to process in a different way. Surely some will be recycled. Where does it all go?

If you’re interested in participating in a really cool “art by the people for the people” project I’m directing, please call Trash to Treasure at 888-828-8242, ext. 701 for more information. I’ve been collecting and cleaning plastic debris from the beaches to use for this project, respectfully covering a Cuban refugee boat, for public display. We’ll be working at ArtBunker for eight straight Saturdays beginning with March 28, from 11am till 2pm. Come join us for our “All Hands On Deck” boat project. If you would like to offer some space for display of the landmark art piece, again, call Trash to Treasure. It’s sure to be a head turner. See Calendar of Events this issue for additional info.

This month’s focus is Everyday Sustainability. Discussed within this issue are items such as the products we buy, the food we eat, and over all of that, a discussion on soil, water and air. As Postel says in the article by Sechrist, “…citizens must first understand the issues and insist on policies, laws and institutions that promote the sustainable use and safety of clean water.”

I couldn’t agree more. So how does that happen? It happens by getting more involved. Who will you be casting your vote for to make policies and laws that affect the lifeblood of our future generations? What is our legacy? Project out 20, 50, 100 years from now… what do you envision for us?

If you haven’t been to the north Fort Lauderdale beaches lately, you’re in for a surprise. The beaches are twice as wide as they were a few months ago. I witnessed the hauling and dumping of many a truckload of sand. What a massive project.

I’m quite ambivalent about the imported beach sand. On one hand, I see the property values on an upswing for those intimately within easy access to the new yards of sand, and on the other hand, I wanted information around keeping the sand in place with a dune project or education for those of us who live by the beach to work better with Nature maintaining this asset. I’ve seen dune grasses planted by some and pulled out by others. Where’s the sense in that? Did the grass not complement the adjoining building’s color scheme?

April rain. Planting dune grass. Seems like a natural fit.

Reminder: I’ve got an art exhibit of the work I’ve been doing in my studio (using plastic collected from the beach area) and some collaborative art with Kids Ecology Corp’s groups of volunteers, picking up beach debris, cleaning and transforming it into captivating art. The exhibit is called “From the Ground Up” at Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall in April. Come by opening night and say hello, Tuesday, April 5, from 5 to 7pm. I’d love to see you there.

Take loving care with designing, planting and watering your own ‘garden’.

Enjoy and share the fruits of your labor; plan on it.

SusieQ Wood

Publishing Editor

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