Why this next inspiration is also at home, there is an article to go along with it. As I continue to read Feathers by Thor Hanson, I have begun my newest hobbie, collecting feathers.
My youngest got our family started with a seagull feather up in Minnesota and set us on our way. I recently stumbled upon a hawk feather downtown, along with a couple of what I would guess are robin feathers.
So with that intro, I found a fascinating article in the New York Times this week entitled “Flamingo’s Up Close and Personal” by Natalie Angier. Quite the good read.
I gotta say this post has not been inspired by any particular article but rather my surroundings here at home. This house is filled with rocks and stones that the kids and I have found, mostly near our cabin in Minnesota but also in St. Louis, in particular, at Castlewood Park.
So why I stair at these rocks, some as furniture for fairy houses while others sit on the mantle, on shelves, on the kitchen table and even in jars, I’ve been led lately to wonder how much they’ve influence my life?
This in turn has led me to start to do some research on the topic and from there, who knows? Right now I have lots of books on the topic as I search for articles through library databases. I am, after all, a librarian.
It was this article, “Ambitions as Deep as Their Pockets” by William J. Broad at the New York Times, which I read after getting home from vacation on submarines that got me started thinking about this post and the Trieste’s.
Last year National Geographic honored the fiftieth anniversary of the Trieste’s visit to the deepest part of any ocean on the planet. Check it out here at “Deepest Dive: Geographic Honors Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” by Ford Cochran at the Treehugger via National Geographic.
I saw this article the other day in the New York Times, “An Economist for Nature Calculates the Need for More Protection” by John Moir and it took me back to another writer, E.F. Schumacher. His classic, Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, is one of those books sitting on my bookshelf at home waiting to be read.
Well, the kids and I just got back from our vacation at the family cabin in Northern Minnesota. What a week! We swam in the lakes, crossed the headwaters and just hung out and fished.
What prompted this post however was a seagull feather my youngest found at one of the beaches we went too and is sitting on my kitchen table right now as I write.
That in turned took me to taking a break from the book The Nature Principle by Richard Louv (following the book Salt Marsh Diary by Mark Seth Lender) and begin the book Feathers by Thor Hanson.