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Words: “To Be Everywhere At Once Is To Be Nowhere Forever”

In our rush to be and do everything, we rush past so much that maybe small in the moment but huge in a life time. “There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some.  Walking… Continue Reading →

It’s Spring — Plant Something Edible!

Spring is nature’s time for growth and renewal. So, what better time for us to recognize and understand the many facets of natures’ life cycles.  And what better way for us to participate and observe than to plant something edible!… Continue Reading →

Words: ” …to resist a technological formula that is sterile”

“Perhaps success in the future will depend partly on our ability to generate cheap power, but I think it will depend to a greater extent on our ability to resist a technological formula that is sterile: peas without pageantry, corn without coon, knowledge without wisdom, kitchens without a warm stove. There is more to these rocks than uranium; there is the lichen on the rock, the smell of the fern whose feet are upon the rock, the view from the rock...” E.B. White, Essays of E.B. White

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Elwyn Brooks “E. B.” White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985)

Husband, father, Animal lover, naturalist, gentlem...

Perspectives: Emergency Room Bills

Sarah Kliff's I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned. provides telling insight and shocking, all too real examples, of recent Gallup poll findings that American's borrowed an estimated $88 billion in the past 12 months to pay for health care, -- 45% of U.S. adults are concerned that a major health event could lead to bankruptcy, and -- 65 million adults had a health issue but did not seek treatment due to costs in the past 12 months.

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Important reads!

Are We More Food Naive Than Food Savvy?

A bit of food for an “April Fools” thought… Most of us would consider ourselves to be something of a foodie — we take great pleasure in our food and eating. We know where to get the best buffalo wings,… Continue Reading →

Perspectives: Family Dairy Farm

Abe Voelker's ON THE DEATH OF MY FAMILY'S DAIRY FARM shares an in-depth and well-researched insider's perspective on family farming, Dairy farming and the systemic changes brought by big agra and CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) over the last 100 years. Voelker explores not just why it is leading to the death of family farms and farmer suicides, but what we are all losing in the process.

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Much food for thought and well worth the time!

Words: “Be An Intelligent Toiler… “

May we each understand the need, and strive to be, an intelligent toiler...
"An infallible test of civilization is that a man claiming to be civilized should be an intelligent toiler, that he should understand the dignity of labor, and that his work should be such as to advance the interests of the community to which he belongs."   ~~ Mahatma Gandhi (or Mohandas K. Gandhi)

From THE ESSENTIAL GANDHI: An Anthology of his Writings on his Life, Work, and Ideas; Louis Fisher, Editor, p. 82

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For The Joy of Animals: A Tail Dragging Bald Eagle

When you watch bald eagles being raised in near blizzard conditions, you might get the impression that they are pretty impervious to the cold. But, as one bald eagle found out the hard way, given the right circumstances mother nature… Continue Reading →

Words: “Water …The Vital Humour Of This Arid Earth”

Leonardo Da Vinci was a keen observer and student of nature.  His notes on The Nature of Water, from The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci , Translation by Edward MacCurdy (1955) are perceptive and eloquent: “Water is that which serves the vital… Continue Reading →

The Easiest Recipe For Butternut Squash Soup

I am not a fan of peeling butternut squash but I do like the vegetable. So I have developed an easy to make butternut squash soup and you won’t miss all the work. The best part of all is that… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE NATURE FIX by Florence Williams

I don’t review a great number of nonfiction on Goodreads, but to those who know me (and my penchant for fiction writing that includes sensory nature descriptions), it’s probably no surprise that THE NATURE FIX: WHY NATURE MAKES US HAPPIER,… Continue Reading →

A Simple, But Luscious Four-Ingredient Lotion

Dry skin is the bane of winter. But January is the time to try new things. So… If you are tired of using skincare products with a long list of ingredients that you’ve never heard of and have no idea… Continue Reading →

Can We Ever Feel Too Valuable?

We all have an innate need to be valued in life — to feel we are valuable as individuals and as members of our community and to feel that our contributions are worthy and appreciated. But can we ever feel too valuable?

A study of the migratory pollinators and the interdependence they have on one another… a warning regarding possible environmental peril.

Fall Favorite: Healthy To Die For Apple Pie

Tis the season to indulge oneself and what better way than with a healthy, easy, to die for apple pie.

Beautiful And Cute But Still Voracious Predators

If something is beautiful or cute we tend to think of it as friendly, happy or, at the very least, benign.  But few things look and act that simply.

Words: “The World Of The Individual Person…”

Recently, Pew Research asked thousands of Americans where they find meaning in life.  Instead of presenting group responses, they highlighted the wonderful responses and stories from the world of the individual person.  It reminded me that: Everything of value and meaning… Continue Reading →

Make Zucchini Patties Or Zucchini Patty Pizza For Dinner

Zucchini is an amazing vegetable. It lends itself to so many delicious transformations. I am sure you are knowledgeable about traditional zucchini recipes, such as adding it to pasta or filling zucchini halves with a stuffing mixture or making zucchini… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I loved GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton – which surprised me, since this novel was billed as a post-apocalyptic story. I have read only a handful of such stories and warmed only slightly to them (The Age of Miracles,… Continue Reading →

Book Review: TRUE PLACES by Sonia Yoerg

For starters: that cover! It spoke to me immediately. But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful. While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg’s novels, TRUE PLACES has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and… Continue Reading →

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