When it comes to those with handicaps, there statistics and there are people who live with the disabilities. Both add to the complex and often lonely tapestry that is being handicapped or a caregiver of a handicapped person in America.
Fifty years ago America was just waking up to the reality of environmental pollution: Rachel Carson had published "Silent Spring," heralding the modern environmental movement and raising America's consciousness about the impact of DDT pesticide use on the environment and public health. Then in 1969 Cleveland's Cuyahoga River caught fire due to the oil-soaked debris consuming it and the country's then-largest oil spill occurred in Santa Barbara, California.
This Sunday is Earth Day - an annual, international celebration of environmental awareness. It began in 1970 in the era of hippies and "flower power," and some consider it the "birthday" of modern environmentalism.
Ray Bradbury didn't invent the phrase "Butterfly Effect," but in 1952 he used it in the seminal science fiction story, "A Sound of Thunder." In his story, time travelers visit prehistoric times, taking great care to alter nothing. But one traveler accidentally steps on a prehistoric butterfly, creating a ripple effect that changes modern history for the worse.