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Today’s prompt for the stream is :astronomical.” That makes me think of astronomy which leads me to Star Trek.  Some of you know I’m a big fan of The Trek and that Spock was my first crush in the late 60s and especially when my dad was in Vietnam. One might be surprised for my love of Star Trek since I love this good ol’ planet earth and get motion sickness at the drop of a hat, so I couldn’t go boldly off planet without some really good meds for fixing that. Also, my main genre of writing so far is nonfiction/romance/relationships, but who knows, maybe I’ll write some science fiction some day. I do have some ideas….. But The Trek made a big impression when I needed stability and escape in my life.

I’ve gotten into reading Star Trek novels lately for escape, and they work like a charm. Plus, now that we have BBC, I can watch reruns of Voyager and Next Generation which are my favorites. I like that women have important roles in those series. But I also like reading old ST novels that show James T. Kirk having self doubts and fears because he had such an over confident, maybe even pompous, swaggery thing going on back in the 60s show. It just goes to show that we all have our issues.

Going back to my love for the earth and exploratory science fiction, I really do believe that our efforts should be mostly spent taking care of our home planet, Mother Earth, because right now, there is no planet B. Even if there was a planet B, I still love Earth, and she who has given us so much, deserves our protection and respect. As Spock says,

Spock One Liner on Ecosystem

…Or any kind of wealth. I guess imaginary wealth means you can’t eat money. Maybe all the man-made structures and financial accounts however “astronomical” they might seem, are really not much at all compared to the beautiful and life-giving life forms of creation here on Earth. Speaking of which, here are some photos I’ve taken in western North Carolina:

lake trail lake view.jpg

lake at twilight vertical

River from the lake trail dam.jpg

river through trees.jpg

Jess looking at hole in tree

My granddaughter is curious.

I guess I’ll go boldly in my fantasies and keep my feet planted firmly on this precious home planet where there is much to explore and love. Thank you to all who go boldly in defense of planet earth. I will join you when I can.

If God is like a wise parent, wouldn’t God expect us to take care of our home planet first before we’re ready to find a new one?  We still have a lot of growing up to do as a species.

What do you think? How much money/effort should we put into exploring space compared to protecting Earth?

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

25 thoughts on “Home Planet

    • Me too! She has that Vulcan-like personality inside a drop dead gorgeous body. I just realized the Enterprise series did something similar- a Vulcan with a Barbie-like body and close fitting attire. Well, that’s TV for ya. It does make sense that Vulcans would be in good physical shape.

  1. I too am a huge Star Trek fan. It’s hard to overestimate the impact those series have had on my life. Next Generation was my escape during the most challenging years of my life. Fantastic SoC!

    • I bet Star Trek has helped a lot of people though challenging times. In addition to its escape value and inevitable conflicts, Star Trek is full of hope. Next Generation has many lessons, and excellent role models. Glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Oh yes… not a trekkie but yes to the saving our planet.

  3. JoAnna, I do so like the comment by Spock. It is indeed highly illogical to destroy the hand that feeds
    and protects you.
    Care for our planet should always naturally be of the greatest importance but I doubt that the dream about the stars can be eliminated.

    Miriam

    • Dreaming about the stars does seem to be part of human nature. I love doing it. I just wonder if we’re ready to go there. We have so much to learn and work on here. Thank you for affirming the star dreams!

  4. Beautiful post, JoAnna. Lots of food for thought regarding our home planet, Earth. We humans have always had a fascination with the Universe since ancient times, when we believed that the gods who created all life on Earth had come from the stars or “the heavens” as I learned in our Christian Catechism class.

    • Glad you found this post beautiful and thought provoking. As I read your comments and others, I imagine the fascination of humans and maybe non-humans, across time, the wondering, the stories. Maybe we are meant to wonder and be fascinated by all natural things near and far. In addition to the catechism, it seems reasonable that our creator came from out there and left messages for us in creation.

  5. Your pictures are postcard perfect! Saving the earth 🌍 gets us more of that. Just lovely.

  6. Dr. Spock, “It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”

  7. I love those pictures! So peaceful and serene. Just tonight I told somebody that I would like to go life deep in a forest somewhere for a while, and they I see your pictures. Yes, i could live happily there!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the pictures and hope you get to the forest soon. Sometimes just sitting or standing close to a special tree can help.

  8. Beautiful pictures, and thank you for writing on this topic 🌏 protecting earth has become so important than it’s ever been before. All the small steps each of us take towards protecting the earth will make a big difference once all these small efforts are combined.

    Have a wonderful day 😊😊

  9. This is a wonderful post, JoAnna. I love Star Trek, and the hope the show held that we would someday solve the problems here at sector 0-0-0. Your pictures are beautiful. The one of your granddaughter is the best!

    • Thank you, Dan. I believe it’s the consistent theme of hope that has always drawn me to Star Trek. Regardless of the conflicts or the characters, hope and figuring out how to work through problems is always there. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. That one of my granddaughter is one of my favorites.

  10. Making our home planet a priority is so important. Lovely photographs

  11. Oh I was a huge fan of Star trek when it first came out way back when I was younger lol.. and like you have remained a fan ever since.. Loved those Nature photo’s JoAnna and your granddaughter looks a nature lover too, just like her Gran 🙂 ❤

    • I’m not surprised you are a Star Trek fan, Sue, and happy that we share these visions possible futures. My granddaughter inherited my love for nature though my son. I think it’s easy for children to love and be fascinated by nature if they are simply exposed to it. Glad you liked the photos. ❤ 🙂

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