It has been 48 years since Wisconsin's Sen. Gaylord Nelson provided the idea and impetus to begin what became known as "Earth Day." The struggle in our country, hugely blessed with natural resources and financial might, over our role in protecting our part of this small planet we share with others is troublesome. Some think our planet is ours to use and abuse until spent; others think it is our responsibility to pass it on to the next generation in equal or better shape than we received it. Many, I sadly think, remain apathetic or unthinking about it.
You may have heard that we should beware the Ides of March, but what is Ides? In the ancient Roman calendar, upon which our current calendar is still based, the Ides was one of three days identified each month which related to the position of the moon. The Ides (meaning "to divide") falls on the 15th day of March and is likely best known due to Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. In that play, a fortune teller tells Caesar to "beware the Ides of March" and avoid going to the Roman Forum that day.