Thanks Mom for Helping Me Become a Tree Hugger!

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Mom helping me practice my tree hugging skills. She said by the time I was one I was potty-trained, walking and talking! At age five climbing ancient live oaks.

Thanks, Mom!

I’m not a certified naturalist, nor have I ever taken any classes in ecology or biology. My love for nature is deeply rooted. At a very young age, I learned the importance of all of God’s creatures and people. My mother shared these principles with me by the way she taught me many of the lessons by either telling me stories or letting me attend the school of hard knocks as a kid growing up in rural Florida.

There are two important things mom told me about myself when I was a boy. ”Lil’ Rod you’ll be a jack of many trades and boy, you can do whatever you put your mind, too.” Mom’s been right on target so far.

My businesses in landscaping, fishing and publishing have all been economically centered on the outdoors and Florida’s waters. I mention this because I appreciate my mother’s contributions. “Thanks, mom.”

More often, I’ve been thinking about the countless creatures, flora and fauna, and the plethora of usual things that have made the Indian River Lagoon the North America Continent’s most gloriously unique estuary for the past ten thousand of years.

Simple things like coquina and horseshoe crabs; and elaborate critters like the bottle-nose dolphin and green sea turtles are only a handful of the intriguing parts of one of Mother Nature’s greatest marine nurseries. The more people I talk with about the plight of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) the more I realize how little they know about the important IRL components like coquina and buttonwood trees. How few understand the definition of a watershed; or the harm fertilizers and insecticides are having on our waters nationwide.

LilRod & Cypress

Mom once challenged a man with her rifle when he threaten to cut down these cypress trees.

What’s wrong with being a tree hugger?

I seriously doubt Donald Trump will ever be considered a tree hugger. He calls himself a businessman, and a mega-developer. As far as I know, Mr. Trump never has professed any serious care for the environment or the droves of professionals signaling the major warning signs concerning its demise.

Ask yourself, “Does our nation need a businessman for president? Would it be good for us?” Businesses are formed to stay in business at all costs, and to be profitable. The very nature of the industrial machine is greed.

Our government, still one of the best of the best in the world, was created with a great sense of humanity. The government has been meant to be a buffer between the needs of the people in represents and the needs of business.

Never in fifty years has our nation faced such challenges. With continuous wars, social distress and climate change we face strenuous opposition from multiple fronts and have major obstacles to overcome. Now is a time our nation longs for a prodigious leader. A person who will place our country’s needs beyond his or her self to do the right things for America and all its people.

25 Comments on “Thanks Mom for Helping Me Become a Tree Hugger!”

  1. Rico

    Hi Rodney, Your first picture reminds me of Opa Locka in the mid ’50s! I see President Trump being a friend to the environment, and enemy to Wall Street, a friend to business, an enemy to obamacare, an enemy to illegal criminal aliens, an enemy to the IRS, and most of all a friend to America! A B C Anyone But Clinton. We absolutely can not afford 4 more years of obama on steroids.

    1. admin

      I love you Capt. Rico. However, I can not imagine Mr.Trump be a true friend to anyone other than himself!

  2. Rebecca snowden

    Beautifully written! Last thing this country needs is a businessman running it. Compassion and love for people and the environment is what we need. Thank you for spreading the word!

  3. Doug snider

    Hell yeah we want a businessman for president because the career politicians have destroyed this nation. Washington DC has turned into a good old boy network that does nothing for the people and everything for corporations and special interests . Only fools believe in the climate change hoax And if we don’t get Trump to be our next president you won’t have to worry about the economy because will all be living in a Third World country anyway .

    1. admin

      I agree with you Washington D.C.has been a good old boy network for ages. It’s time we elect a woman; despite how you feel about her.
      Do you believe your businessman is going to stand up against corporations and special interests?
      I seriously doubt Mr. Trump can solve our nation’s problems.

      1. Terrell Gould

        Why not give him a chance in a short period of time of which is 4 years.. If he does not produce, boot him out. The problem with this country is that they have been so socially engineered over the past decades that they can accept a government that is not run like a business, our “representatives” has increased our national debt to over 19 trillion dollars, does not have the “nads” to make the people sucking off of the public dole without giving something back outside of a “vote” to keep them sucking off of my tit… Government is a de facto business, hands down. If our representatives can not come to grip with this fact and cease and desist from this downward spiral… Maybe it is time for someone outside of the elitists that rule us is the time for someone who has a sense of business principles to take over for a short while to maybe turn this country around, balance a budget, start paying down the national debt, and last, but not least.. Make the deadbeats start paying back to this country the benefits they have enjoyed while I work 100 hour weeks plus 8 months out of the year.. Just my opinion..

  4. Warren

    He might not solve them all, because Obama has created so many of the problems we have today. He will solve some of them, and he’s not a career politician.

    1. admin

      We the people have problems; we the people must work with and within the government to work out solutions.

      There’s no black or white to it; the world is complex. The Obama administration solved and created them for the last eight years.
      Let us be thankful we live in a country where we peacefully change administrations every 4-to-8 years.

  5. John

    The issues of our environment, our government etc are not gender related. Saying one should vote for, or against a person, based only on gender is simply foolish. Sorry Mr Admin, bias is bias and your response demonstrates that. (BTW: I do not support either of the presumptive candidates)

  6. Rico

    Rodney I have great admiration for you and what you stand for. But the fact that you can support a crooked politician over a proven leader boggles my mind. God bless us all if we are subjugated to four more years of obamanomics!

  7. Jacqueline

    I know there are many different reasons to vote for someone. I even voted for Nixon!!
    However I have waited for over 50 years to vote for a woman. She is so not perfect, so knows what the job takes, so smart. She definitely has baggage. Don’t be delusional enough to think any wheeler/dealer business man doesn’t have baggage also and is certainly not lily white (maybe orange). How many bankruptcies could you get out of smelling better!!!
    I am thinking John is a white male!! Nice job Rodney.

  8. Warren

    Amazing to me how much I had forgotten!


    When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform.  Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn’t even get a vote in a democratic controlled congress.  This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in cost for studies, promotion, and other efforts.


    Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general.  Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration.


    Next she chose Janet Reno – husband Bill described her selection as “my worst mistake.”  Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.


    Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission.  Lani Guanier was her selection.  When a little probing led to the discovery of Ms. Guanier’s radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.


    Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations.  She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department.  Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.



    Many younger votes will have no knowledge of “Travelgate.”  Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton   friend Harry Thompson – and the White House Travel Office refused to comply.  She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired.  This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a thirty-six month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.


    Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of Director of White House security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House.  Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than thirty years of service to seven presidents.



    Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the “bimbo eruption” and scandal defense.  Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle was:

    She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit.  After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.


    She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr’s investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.


    Hillary’s devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.


    Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.


    After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.

    What a swell party – ready for another four or eight year of this type low-life mess?


    Now we are exposed to the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the “pay to play” schemes of the Clinton Foundation – we have no idea what shoe will fall next.  But to her loyal fans – “what difference does it make?”

    Something to ponderponder!!!

  9. Dale

    Gee I thought this blog was about the Indian River Lagoon and how we can become better stewards of our environment? Didn’t know it was the Hillary haters bandwagon bar mitzvah!Give it a break they are all crooks. Whatever happened to Honest Abe and being able to trust our elected officials. Horse hockey I say, we had a couple of decent candidates but none could afford to buy their nomination. Greed runs this country period!

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