Día de la Tierra Feliz

On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations. ~ John Hoeven


On Ometepe Island, we celebrate Earth Day everyday. We appreciate the ability to connect with the Earth on a daily basis. The more we are connected with Mother Earth, the more we are connected with each other and ourselves.Today we connected with the flow of Nature by….

watching our neighbor’s dog give birth in our brush pile.

IMG_2310In fact, while Rudy’s dog was in labor under our brush pile, his other dog was in labor behind his house in the Sugar Cane field, while six of his cows birthed calves. Puppies anyone?IMG_2308We picked the Icaco fruit, Coco Plums, with Adioska’s three boys on the beach.

IMG_2331“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
-Kahlil Gibran

IMG_2334“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?”
-Rose Kennedy

IMG_2347We counted cormorants and one helicopter flying over the lake.

IMG_2342“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to nurture and sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.”
— Terry Krautwurst

IMG_2328Happy Earth Day from our island to your home! Always remember in the words of John Muir, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

4 thoughts on “Día de la Tierra Feliz

  1. Claire, thank you so much for your thoughtful comments. I appreciate your honesty and ability to express vulnerabilities more than you will ever know. Burn-out is bad. You need to return to Nica as soon as you can. 🙂 For me, just the act of retirement reduced my stress levels beyond my wildest dreams. Our pace is slower, our lives are simplified, and we enjoy living in this natural world. Everyday there’s a new gift from Mother Nature. You’ll see what I mean when you come back home!

  2. This post made me cry! Maybe because I’m several years beyond burn-out working with traumatized children, maybe because I miss having the time to just be and be out in nature, maybe because retiring and returning to Nicaragua seems so close, yet so far away right now. I’m a city kid, not a back-to-the-lander and would fare poorly trying to live the life you have, but all the more reason why I honor so much your engagement with the natural world while balancing this with the wired world through your blog. Hopefully I will get a small taste of it on my next trip, or when I finally get to settle there. Thank you for keeping it real, and for sharing with me/us the treasures of your Earth Day!

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