Archive for July, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words

Tonight, I just want to keep this post short and sweet. Check out this amazing picture over at The Grist with the article entitled “Rare photos show Serengeti lions napping in a tree” by

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Green Librarian

Nature and your brain

I have to admit, the kids and I don’t walk in nature as much as we use to but this vacation, I’m hoping will do a little more than usual. We’re headed up north to our cabin but we taking a different route. Instead of our usual due north through Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota we’re taking the back roads as it were.

We’re heading Northeast a bit through Illinois, then Northwest through Wisconsin, West into Minnesota (stopping over in Duluth) and then straight to the cabin. I know I can’t wait to see what new adventures we’ll take and I’m sure there will be a few nature walks along the way. Up there, it’s hard not too.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. The article tonight is “How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain” By Gretchen Reynolds over at the New York Times courtesy of the Children & Nature Network.

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Green Librarian

Four down but two to come

Since the kids and I moved here, we’ve lost four trees. Now I’m someone who loves trees so this has been hard but fortunately we’re looking to replace at least two of them either in the fall or next spring. I’m a true believer in what this next article is all about.

It’s entitled “Does Being around Trees Help People Feel Good? Recent research has shown that trees clean the air, and our feelings” by EarthTalk. Hopefully this spring and/or fall will help clean the air, our feelings and maybe a little of the dust in the air.

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Green Librarian

 

East to West

I recently mentioned dust in a previous post entitled North to South and so when this article came up, I thought why not? As the article mentions, dust plays an important role in our environment.

The article is entitled “Dust in the Wind: How Data Visualization Can Help the Environment” by Willie Shubert over at Scientific American. There’s also a great video from NASA on the journey of dust from the Sahara Desert across the Atlantic Ocean.

Speaking of dust, I think I have some in my left eye so let me just say good night and sweet dreams!

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Green Librarian

 

Rainy days and nights

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer here in this part in the Gateway to the West. If I remember right, we’ve had the most rain we’ve had since they started keeping statistics.Now while as a homeowner my thoughts are always will everything be okay? I have the unfortunate pleasure of having a tree fall on my house (though the house was fine but unfortunately, the tree was not).

That said, when I read this article over at the Environmental News Network, it got me to thinking. The article is entitled “Where does water from rain and snow melt actually go?” courtesy of the University of Utah. So the next time it rains, hopefully I can have the chance to ponder this question.

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Green Librarian

Horse girl

For most of this summer, my daughter has been around horses. She’s volunteering at a local horse therapy place once a week and also attended horse camp earlier this month. So when I came upon this story over at High Country News, a resource I sort of lost track of for a while, I knew I had to post it.

The article is entitled “Ranch Diaries: Turning a mustang into a willing partner” by Laura Jean Schneider. It’s a story about a horse and it’s new owner. How sometimes horses (just like humans) deserve a second chance. Good stuff.

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Green Librarian

Pluto

I guess I’m one of those who wishes that Pluto was still a planet (and not a dwarf planet). Over the last couple of days, I’ve seen the pictures of Pluto and it’s moon Charon. They really are amazing.

Tonight I watched the Chasing Pluto show on at PBS, talking about the New Horizons spacecrafts journey from Earth to Pluto.Then I watched a video over at Grist entitled “Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Colbert fight about planets“.

Good stuff and I think Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great scientist but I still consider Pluto a planet. I guess I’m old school.

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Green Librarian