Lebanon Reporter

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June 12, 2014

Can we outlast the dinosaurs and the rain forests?

Everything on Earth has its time to live and its time to die. We all know that spring flowers start sticking their heads out of the soil sometime in March and begin to disappear when the heat of summer knocks on our doorstep. The more heat and drought resistant flowers seem to thrive during the high temperatures and extreme humidity that an Indiana summer can bring. My apple trees began showing signs of fragrant smelling blossoms in early May, and not long thereafter, little green apples began to show themselves in great abundance. But just when you think that you will have your first decent crop of apples, something comes along and throws a wrench into your hopes and expectations. The same can happen in our own lives. But unlike the hail that can destroy your fresh fruit, things such as accidents, financial disasters or unexpected illnesses can alter our own plans. As I stated above, everything has its time and place, even the snow of winter can’t last forever. Even the stars overhead can not burn brightly forever. They too will one day lose their radiant light, leaving nothing more than maybe a darkened cloud of space dust and debris. Beautiful seashells that dot the endless expanse of the seafloor will one day vanish, leaving nothing more than trillions of grains of sand in their place. The dark and mysterious rain forests, along with their human and animal inhabitants, are vanishing right before our eyes. It doesn’t appear that there’s much that we can do to prevent this great loss. These vast lands not only provide food and habitat for all that call it home, but also, since the beginning of time, have helped to supply our planet with much needed oxygen. Now, I’m not much into supporting the global warming issues that seem to be making headlines on nearly a daily basis, but I do know that our polar caps are diminishing at an alarming rate. But just like the spring flowers, the ice will once again return, though maybe not in our lifetime.

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