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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...

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 →

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

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 →

Universal Well-Being And Planetary Considerations

What will it take for us to let go of our endless debates and finger-pointings over global warming or global climate change?  When will we begin to truly recognize that the heart of our human existence and survival is the… Continue Reading →

Then The Giant Wasps Came

The odds were running high against the young Kohlrabi plants from the start.  They were an impulse buy spurred on by my childhood memories of eating them raw and fresh peeled from my grandmother’s garden.  I love Kohlrabi’s sweet cabbagey… Continue Reading →

Garden Nemesis Or Garden Poser?

I didn’t see him arrive, but suddenly he was there. His back to me, he boldly surveyed the garden. As if, all my hard work was his for the taking. As if, I wasn’t mere inches away. As if, he… Continue Reading →

Lost & Found News: Galaxies, Whale Dung, Unicorns, & Wild Horses

Lost:  Carl Sagan’s Billions; Earth’s Little Blue Orb Found:  The Universe Has Two Trillion Galaxies Back in the 1980’s, Carl Sagan captured the publics imagination with his talk of the Universe’s Billions.  Now, based on images collected over 20 years by the… Continue Reading →

Primitive Technology — Where Tiny House Meets Survivor Man

As I am neither a millennial nor a survivalist, it might seem kind of strange that I am a fan of both the “tiny house” movement and the survival/wilderness teachings of Les Stroud and Bear Grylls. I could blame it on… Continue Reading →

Why Zoos?

Some time ago, I wrote a post about a co-worker’s successful captive breeding project at the zoo where I am a keeper. One of the first comments was from someone who was saddened about the animal being hatched into captivity. I explained… Continue Reading →

Words: “… If You Only Talk About The Problem”

“… If You Only Talk About The Problem” “Speaking to thousands and thousands of people has convinced me that, if you only talk about the problem, and not the path forward, it’s almost as if people literally, physiologically–can’t hear you.” ~~… Continue Reading →

More Oil, The Gulf Stream, Liability Caps and Environmental Exceptions

Have we created The Perfect Oil Storm? Don’t get me wrong, I’m an optimist by nature and a firm believer that ingenuity and determination can overcome almost any thing. While my environmental heart is broken, as someone geeky enough to enjoy watching… Continue Reading →

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