"Rest in the Grace of the World"

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CBF President Will Baker reflects on day three of Coronavirus-prompted remote work

A little gentle rain two nights ago is just what the flowers and plants need to spring into spring! Just in time for the first day of the season tomorrow. This morning the sun came up strong and fast, and did you see Venus in the western sky last night? It was stunningly bright. The cycle continues, COVID or not. Nature is remarkable, and I am so grateful to each of you for doing your part to give "nature" around here a helping hand.

I have to tell you how impressed I have been with the level of activity across all of CBF in the past few days. Our work continues in full force—even as all staff are now full-time remote. From Virginia Beach to Richmond to Washington, D.C., to Easton to Annapolis to Harrisburg, we're all in this together continuing to save the Bay. And while there will be great challenges ahead, we have made a good start.

We're in times like no other right now. I know it is not easy; it is very hard. But look outside your window, spring is blooming. Turn on the TV, Italians are singing from their balconies. Rise early each morning and greet the sun.

To close, a poem by Wendell Berry: "The Peace of Wild Things"

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Be safe and take good care.



William C. Baker

President, CBF

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