Save the Frogs and living in the moment
So I tried the whole, living in the moment thing - you know, it's all the rage. Unfortunately, the moment I chose to live in was me in the grocery store checkout line with my sushi and sour ju jubes behind a very chatty guy. He worked at the store, was buying his lunch and wanted an extra $100.00 off of his debit card. I know all this because I was living in the moment. Then chatty guy, needing to include me in his life, broke out with this diatribe: "Save the frogs?! So now we have to save the frogs!? We have to save everything. Save this, save that, save the frogs!" I pretended I was living in an entirely different moment and ignored him. He then completed his monetary transaction and left. No, it wasn't a random rant on frogs. He saw my super awesome Save the Frogs canvas shopping bag. If you missed it, April 30th was Save the Frogs day. Led by the passionate Dr. Kerry Keiger, Save the Frogs is an organization made up of scientists, educators, naturalist and many members and it is dedicated to protecting the world's amphibian species. You can sign up for their newsletter or join Save the Frogs on Facebook. Frogs are the most threatened group of animals on Earth. Nearly one-third of the world's 6,618 amphibian species are threatened with extinction, and up to 200 species have disappeared in recent decades. In my debut novel Dead Frog on the Porch, twin protags Cyd and Jane save the frogs from scientists who want to create genetically stretched frogs - why? You'll have to read it - no spoiler alert here! In the new section, Under the Umbrella, on the Gumboot Books site, there is an article about celebration days coming up in May. So not only should we live in the moment, but we should live with a view to future generations since the actions we take in the moment effect the future of the environment. The problem with living in the moment is that some times you want to be living in the next moment, the moment when you'll be home on your couch eating your sushi and sour ju jubes - now that's some moment!