Cat’s meow

So to say this has been a tough week would be an understatement. It started last Thursday and ended yesterday as my daughter and I said good-bye to our beloved Oreo. Even though I have said many times, I am much more of a dog person, I have cried many, many tears over the last few days.

Like many pet owners, Oreo was and still is, a beloved member of our family. As someone who is divorced, he has also provided much comfort to all my kids. While I have known this, as I’ve reflected on our life with Oreo over the last few days, I have only begun to find out how much.

Like I entitled my post tonight, he was truly the Cat’s Meow and unlike any of my previous pets, we will have his ashes here to remind us. We will also have many, many pictures, which I hope to soon make into a collage.

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Oreo, you will truly always be loved.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

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Steve

So I can’t say I’ve ever written a post entitled with my name. Anyway, whenever I think of stars, I think of our cabin up north and the skies up there that when I look up, I always think that the skies are so full of stars that there’s not room for one more.

Anyway, that’s about as close as I’ll probably ever get to the Aurora Lights. That said, I just came across this article about these new northern lights called Steve, I kid you not. The article is entitled “Meet ‘Steve’, a New Kind of Northern Lights Discovered by Aurora Chasers” by Kimberley Mok over at Treehugger. There’s even a video. How cool is that?!

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Mighty Mississippi

So as this article states, I’m one of those people who lives within 100 miles of the Mighty Mississippi. In fact, I work not more than a mile or so away from this majestic river. I’ve also lived through (while sandbagging to help others) a few of those floods, including the one back in 1993 , that many people called the 100 year flood.

One of the things I remember around that time was an article I found which was written by a professor across this same river over in Illinois (whose name and school I can’t remember) that stated this 100 year flood is actually more like a 15 year flood. Meaning this size of flood occurs more like every 15 years, rather than 100 years.

So I wasn’t surprised when I read this article entitled “Engineers Tried to Tame the Mississippi River. They Only Made Flooding Worse.” by Adam Rogers over at the Grist. Meanwhile, I need to go back and look for that study.

Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

Cradle to cradle

So while reading this article, and as I started to read the article that it refers to, I was reminded of a book I read a few years ago entitled Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart and Michael McDonough.

Anyway, the article I just read is entitled “Littering is a Big Problem, but Who’s Really to Blame” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.The other article, which is mentioned in the aforementioned article, is entitled “Telling Litterers to Change is a Waste of Time. Here’s Another Solution” by Ros Coward over at The Guardian.

Unfortunately, that’s reading for another day. I need to get up early to take my youngest son to the state Geography Bee! I can’t wait.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

By the ocean

So as I talked about in my previous post, Summer vacations by the ocean, I thought tonight I would continue on about what one one topic one would typically talk about when discussing the ocean and beaches, sand.

The article tonight is entitled “The Sahara Desert is Growing. Here’s What That Means” by Mindy Weisberger over at Live Science. Reading this article reminded me, as any article on sand often does, of the book Sand The Never-ending Story by Michael Welland. Tonight I just requested it from the library again.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Summer vacations by the ocean

So as first day spring has passed and soon enough, summer begins to approach, I’m reminded of the times my family went swimming in the ocean or went to the beach. Probably twenty years or more but those memories are still some of my favorites when it comes to our summer vacations.

So maybe that’s why I’m always drawn to organizations that work to protect our oceans. Just this week in fact, I donated $20.00 to a group called 4Ocean, a group that focuses on cleaning up our beaches and oceans worldwide.

In return I get a bracelet made out of that recycled material they clean up. For each bracelet purchased, they will pull a pound of trash from the ocean. While Christmas is still a ways away, I will make sure before then to find another organization that works to help protect our oceans to donate too.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Polar darkness

So this was an article that I came upon a couple of months ago is one that I found just really fascinating. The quotes included come from a wide range of people all around the Arctic Circle region.

One individual who they quoted had the same last name as my mom’s family, which I was very surprised to see. Her name is Gunda Hackbarth. Hackbarth is in fact a very German name.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Snapshots From a Land of Endless Nights” by Josephine Sedgwick at the New York Times. The pictures are also incredible. It’s really just a great read.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian