Posts made in April, 2014

Earth Day 2014: My two-step plan

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 | 0 comments

Earth Day 2014: My two-step plan

Every day I hear about something new I can do to save the planet. Last week I learned I should stop eating meat…and cheese. So far, I have done neither, although I know without a doubt that more bad than good comes from our American way of food production.
Radical erosion of the cliffs that once towered over my favorite beach has been linked to climate change
Radical erosion of the cliffs that once towered over my favorite beach has been linked to climate change
And I KNOW the planet needs saving. If you aren’t sure about this, read what the scientists have to say.

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All Hail the Public Library

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 | 0 comments

All Hail the Public Library

My parents revered and treasured books. In fact, my father hoarded them. They lined the walls of our house and you had to wend your way between stacks of them to get to his desk.

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A patch of sky

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 | 1 comment

A patch of sky

I was sitting beneath my favorite pine tree this morning listening to the early-hours bird concert and trying to get over feeling exhausted and depleted when I happened to look up. Straight up. I noticed something I hadn’t seen before. The lowermost branch of the tree, which was directly above my chair, projects straight from the trunk and then, about four or five feet out, takes an abrupt dip and a 90-degree turn to the south. Then it turns up, making a “Z”. It’s a strange, bulging, gnarly bend. It’s ungainly, although to me it makes the tree, already beautiful, even more interesting to look at. I’ve gazed at and appreciated that twisty branch hundreds of times, without ever understanding it. But this morning, by chance, I found myself looking at it from exactly the right angle. I saw that the branch is bare from the trunk to the bend and then right after the bend it explodes in a spray of branchlets and needles. And that spray of needles nestles into and fills a hole in the canopy formed by the branches above it. That branch, I saw, had dipped and twisted its way into its own little patch of sky. It found its own portion of nourishing sunlight. It needed to gnarl up and bend in order to reach to the light. I decided not to go back to bed. The daylight was creeping towards me across the lawn. I sat and waited.    ...

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Birds at school

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Birds at school

It turns out that owls are very good at eye contact. And when the stare is coming from beneath the angled brows of an enormous great horned owl like Hiboux (right), who appears quite powerful despite a paralyzed wing resulting from a bout with West Nile virus, it’s a tad bit intimidating.

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