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Being Out in Nature Makes Us Healthy

Trees give off anti-microbial compounds.  People exercise and socialize out in wild places.  “It reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, and preterm birth, and increases sleep duration.” https://www.treehugger.com/health/huge-study-confirms-significant-health-benefits-nature.html

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Being in Wild Places Reduces Stress

George Wuerthner sent  out this              Abstract: A growing number of studies have shown that visiting green spaces and being exposed to natural environments can reduce psychological stress. A number of questions concerning the effects of natural environments on levels of stress remain including, “Are activities engaged in natural environments […]

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Neat Poem About Listening to Nature

Here is a poem by Kristen Marshall.  She is an active volunteer  in  the Boulder Rights of Nature group.  Link  Every Thursday she used to  visit a sick friend, and make him pancakes.  She often walks to get places.  She would volunteer for the community bookstore. Still Life

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Great Tree Book: The Songs of Trees

David George Haskell’s new book  fascinates me.  He tells of the music and songs of trees and rivers: the sounds of rain on different leaves, the wind in the upper leaves of the ceibo trees, the calls of bromeliad frogs, of parrots, of insects, monkeys, crested owls, spectacled owls, tawny screech owls,  and tinamou.  He […]

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Rachel Carson-PBS Special

http://www.pbs.org/video/american-experience-rachel-carson

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Rachel Carson Play – A Sense of Wonder

A friend immensely enjoyed the play  acted by Kaiulani Lee.  Rachel Carson found joy in observing nature, particularly in the seas and tidepools.  And she collected the science,  deduced that pesticides  were killing the birds, and persuasively and poetically  called to save the birds in her book, Silent Spring.  The film of the play  is […]

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Protestors and Dreamers Needed for Justice for People and for Nature

It says that those who  challenge to racism, colonialism, sexism, elitism, militarism, classism, exceptionalism, chauvinism, triumphalism, nationalism, religionism, …. are marginalized in historical accounts, yet their protests and “impossible” dreams are vital for change and justice.   https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/25/abuses-history   About changing what is considered doable:  ( A friend said that Bernie Sanders is bringing up the […]

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Watch Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11 and 12

For Colorado after 12:30am seems best- after the moon sets=  for Colorado, go to http://www.cpr.org/news/story/how-watch-perseid-meteor-shower-colorado for best ways to view, go to http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/how-to-minimize-moon-and-optimize-meteor-shower

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Spring! Birds Return!

Biking and hiking, I spied barn swallows returning to nests above the bike underpass  ring necked ducks, comorants, red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks belting out their songs in meadows, a bald eagle,  and goslings.  The flowers are also sprouting out:  plum trees, apple trees, cheery trees, spring beauties, stork’s bill, pasque flowres, sand lilies, and oregon grape.

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We can save the oceans!

Reducing fishing, protecting marine areas, and banning large trawlers help.  Activists are organizing in the Blue Frontier movement.  David Helvarg wrote about saving the seas in the Progressive.  He wrote Saved by the Sea:Hope, Heartbreak, and wonder in the Blue World.

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