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  • Vuja de

    I’ve been writing about various facets of the natural world for the newsletter of the Nature education non-profit I started in the Mountain Park in Beulah, my small southern Colorado town, for a long time. The recent issue that was just published begins the 18th...
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  • Thoughts on Trump and climate change

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    I’ve been reading about how we need to get behind president-elect Trump so he has a successful presidency. If a successful presidency would be defined as finding common ground to begin healing the divide that so defines our country right now, I’m all for it. ...
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  • How many more autumns do I have left?

    “The seasons come and go, summer follows spring and fall follows summer and winter follows fall, and human beings are born and mature, have their middle age, begin to grow older and die, and everything has its cycles. Day follows night, night follows day. It...
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  • Autumn – a time to slow down?

    It’s quiet up here this morning. The squawk of a Clark’s nutcracker….the clicking of a grasshopper….the chattering alarm of a pine squirrel….chick-a-dee-dee-dee….the nasal yank of a red-breasted nuthatch. I hear these sounds spread over several minutes, with utter quiet between. It still feels like summer...
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  • Why do I go to Nature?

    That’s why I’m here, that’s why I’m here — This refrain from a James Taylor song is accompanying me as I leave the road and lazily work my way along the trail to a nearby canyon known as Devil’s Canyon. It may be September, the month...
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  • How loud did he burp? What kids learn at summer camp

    Ah, summer – long hot days, rainstorms, no school, vacations from work, fishing, swimming, picnics, visits to National Parks, trips to the beach… We all have our own associations when we think of summer, these and others. Last week, I picked up my 10-year old...
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  • Chopping Wood

    “The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” ~ Thomas Moore There was a book I read thirty years ago that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I don’t remember many...
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  • Winter has arrived

    A lone snowflake drifts out of a slate-colored sky and finds its way onto the page of my journal I am writing on. A woodpecker squawks. I trudged through over a foot of new snow to get to this somewhat protected place along a path...
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  • Kids need nature

    There was a child went forth every day; And the first object he look’d upon, that object he became; And the object became part of him for the day, or a certain part of the day,or for many years, or stretching cycles of years. ~Walt...
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