Archive for February, 2018

Mental health & blue space

So according to this article and I would say from personal experience as well, it appears that living near water is good for your mental health. I know I’m only around water one week of each year and that’s when we’re on vacation at our cabin on Town Line Lake in Minnesota, but I definitely feel more relaxed there the longer we are at the cabin.

The article that apparently supports this theory is entited “Living Near Water Boosts Mental Health” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger. So the next time you’re surrounded by water, see if you’re not more relaxed.

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Green Librarian

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Border collies and wildfires

Who knew that border collies could help out with restoring the burnout forests of Chile by simply running around and playing. It seems that the Torres sister’s and their border collies did just that in this article entitled “Border Collies Run Like the Wind to Bring New Life to Chilean Forest” by Mary Jo Dilonardo over at the Mother News Network.

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Green Librarian

Archaeology of the stars

I must say when I look out at the stars, I don’t really think about what elements make up those stars.  Reading this article however, opened my eyes to the stars and how they are not all the same.

The article is entitled as my post suggests, “The Archaeology of the Stars” by Curtis Brainard over at the New York Times. So the next time I look up at the stars, I’ll remember each one is unique in it’s makeup, really just like human’s.

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Green Librarian

Protectors

So tonight I came across this article and when I read it, I knew it sounded familiar but unfortunately, I couldn’t remember where I read it. That’s when I decided to post this article entitled “The Protectors of British Columbia’s Coast” by Krista Langlois over at High Country News. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence but, then again, maybe it’s not. One thing’s for sure, we need more protectors.

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Green Librarian

Fire hawk

I’ve read a lot over the years about how crows and ravens are able to use tools so it was interesting to see how hawks apparently are able to use tools as well, in this case fire. The article is entitled “‘Firehawks’ Flush Out Prey with Flames” by Noel Kirkpatrick over at the Mother Nature Network.

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Lichen, who knew!?

So in my last post, entitled Nature & dictionaries, I mentioned the Missouri Department of Conservation resource Conservation Connection Newsletter. Well tonight’s post, entitled “I’m Lichen It!“, comes from another of their resources, Xplor magazine for kids. As I also said last time, I know my kids are older now but it’s still a fun magazine to read, as evident by tonight’s article.

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Green Librarian

 

Nature & dictionaries

So the article I’m posting tonight is one I came across in a local newspaper recently here called Healthy Planet. After doing a bit of research however, like most librarian’s do, turns out this story actually is from 2015. The article here is entitled “A is for Acorn, Not Analog – Nature Words Gone From a Dictionary” by Linda Wiggen Kraft.

While my kids are older now, nature was one of the first things I introduced them to. The other night in fact, I was talking with my mom about how I use to take them on Owl Prowl’s, Amphibian Nights and other assorted adventures through the Missouri Department of Conservation’s and their Conservation Connections Newsletter.

So because of that and for my kids, I feel inspired to try and help make a difference in my own small way. Here’s a link to the contact page for Oxford University Press. I’ve already e-mailed them to let them know I am disappointed in learning this and will no long use or recommend their dictionaries in the future, either as a parent or librarian.

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Green Librarian