Google+

Oranges = Humanity

~by Katherine Moore

In Sacramento, California’s downtown area, you’ll find a few parks. There’s Chavez Park which stretches from 9th to 10th in between I and J streets. It has some park benches, a café and a fountain. From May until the end of October, there is an Organic farmers market each Wednesday. When you’re there, it is always bustling. Fresh flowers, fruits and veggies from the surrounding area, musicians playing and food vendors working to get the many workers in the area.

Orange 1

(shots from the Organic Farmer’s Market in Chavez Park).

 

Then there is Capitol Park. The park runs from 10th (right behind the capitol building) to 15th or so, between L and N streets. There are many beautiful features in the park, from the Firefighter’s and World War II memorials to the Peace Rose Garden.

Kat Orange 2*

However, there is one feature of Capitol Garden that is only seen in a handful of parks. That is, the orange trees that are throughout the park.

When you walk through the park, you see them standing out and when they bloom they are beautiful. There is something that strikes me with these trees, or better yet, the fruit they produce. They remind me of humanity. I suspect you’re wondering how… but let me show you.

Kat - Orange 3*This can be seen two ways. One is the life cycle of all creatures here on Earth. We come upon it, we live and we return to it.

The other way?

The oranges in the tree all start out in the tree, they are young and growing. As the get older, things happen to them. Some stay in the tree and look pretty, but are never utilized for anything more. Some are picked and eaten by humans and animals but not fully consumed. Some are fully consumed, nothing left of them. Some oranges, fall. Either knocked out by the weather, animals, people or just too big for the branch. From there, they are stepped on, ignored, seen as eyesores or eaten by creatures that most forget serve an important purpose. Of those oranges, they just waste away, ignored by society. Only a handful of them end up being utilized because something sees value in them. The ants and other insects that feast upon them see their value, but we humans? Tend not to.

This may seem like a depressing piece, but, it is a way to be awakened. It does allow us to realize that while some of us our pretty oranges, some are utilized oranges, there are those oranges who are discarded because of their plight.

We need to realize that those people can be utilized and productive and therefore we need to treat them as such. One way of helping those people is by donating time and money to non-profits that help them. Another way is just simply, acknowledging them and not mistreat them. We don’t know their circumstance and therefore, we should not be so hasty to judge, telling them to get a job when they ask for help. Think of it this way, would you want to be treated that way? I doubt it. So don’t do it to others.

Take care of each other and do what you can to help.

http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org is a good place to start!

 

For more information about Katherine’s Photography visit:

www.kdmsevolvingworld.com          

www.youtube.com/photogcowboi30

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment

Top Ten DVD List for March 28, 2017

  This Week’s DVD Releases by Kam Williams Top Ten DVD List for March 28, 2017 20th Century Women https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MRA563W/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTHOAGM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 A Monster … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

  The President's Kitchen Cabinet The Story of the African-Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas by Adrian Miller University of North Carolina Press Hardcover, $30.00 292 pages, Illustrated ISBN: 978-1-4696-3253-7 Book Review by Kam Williams “[This opus] vividly tells the stories of the African-Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Caro on the Straight and Narrow

  Niki Caro "The Zookeeper's Wife” Interview with Kam Williams Caro on the Straight and Narrow Director/screenwriter Niki Caro is one of the most successful filmmakers to emerge from New Zealand. After completing a BFA at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Film from Swinburne in Melbourne, Australia, Niki wrote and directed a number of highly-acclaimed shorts. Sure to Rise screened at the 1994 … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Yamaha Marine Receives 2017 Silver Star of Excellence

  Yamaha Marine Receives 2017 Silver Star of Excellence From American Technical Education Association and the National Technical Honor Society® for Contributions to Technical Education RECOGNIZED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MOTORCYCLE AND MARINE SERVICE PROGRAM AT THE TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY (TCAT) CHATTANOOGA Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was awarded the 2017 Silver Star of Excellence from the American … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

Gonzaga Celebrates the Final Four

  Gonzaga Celebrates the Final Four by Amy Lignor   “Beauty & the Beast” may be raking in the dough at movie theatres everywhere, but it is the Princess Cinderella that appears at the core of the NCAA headlines. We all have our “Cinderella Teams.” Heck, they even made a movie after the Hoosiers who once set the world on fire. But as this weekend winds down, it is the Gonzaga Bulldogs that find themselves ready to put on the glass … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable retailers to either cut jobs or close stores as a result. However, when it comes to 2017, the National … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home!

  Where to Vacation? Go Big or Stay Home! by Amy Lignor   We speak about luxury vacations, budget vacations, vacations that are fun for the kids, and many more areas of travel at this time of year. But there is also a category that many do not touch upon because they “assume” it is far too difficult for those on a budget to be able to enjoy these jaw-dropping wonders. However, whether you are a backpacker looking to “become a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden

  Creating the Perfect Vegetable Garden by Amy Lignor   Many are still dealing with that wintery mix Mother Nature just loves to toss down from the sky this time of year. Yet, that gardener living inside the soul – the one just dreaming of the sunny skies and lazy rainy days that are must-haves in order to grow the best vegetables possible – is already jotting down the facts, tricks and tips they need to know in order to make that … [Read More its Good for You...]