Archive for August, 2018

Inukshuk

I’m sure you’re wondering, what is a Inukshuk? Well, according to the Canadian Encyclopedia, it’s a figure made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic. Perhaps best known as navigational aids for the Inuit in Canada and points north.

So reading this article tonight, entitled “The World Doesn’t Want Your Inukshuk” by Katherine Martinko at Treehugger, got me to thinking about these. While I haven’t come across many, I do remember finding one as we were driving along Lake Superior a couple of summers ago.

It also got me to thinking about the occasional rocks I pick up when on vacation, like around our cabin. Definitely food, or at least rocks, for thought.

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Minnesota soil

So this article tonight goes right to the heart of a book I talked about a couple of posts ago entitled What’s Under Our Feet (which is also the title of the post) and at the same time, reminds me of our family vacation in Minnesota. Which is also where the author, Paul Bogard resides.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Minnesota Ranch Looks to Regenerate Rather than Sustain It” by Jenny Schlecht over at Capital Journal. I’m guessing Paul would agree.

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Driftwood

So we made it back from Minnesota last week and while I didn’t finish my book The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard or in fact read any of, I did enjoy our time at the cabin and surrounding area.

In fact, one of things that I did do was take lots and lots of pictures with my new digital camera, mostly of sunsets but also the surrounding scenery. In fact, one of my favorite pictures involves both the sunset and driftwood.

So imagine my surprise when I came across the article entitled “The Surprising Beauty and Benefits of Driftwood” by Russell McLendon over at the Mother Nature Network. I actually read it today on my way and from work.

That said I will now return to the previously mentioned book but not before sharing that inspirational picture (at least to me):

DriftwoodSunset

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What’s under our feet

So the book I’m reading right now is entitled The Ground Beneath Us, the second book I’ve read by Paul Bogard and ironically it’s around the same time of year as when I read his first one. When we’re getting ready to go on vacation to our cabin in Minnesota, which it turns out is where he’s from.

When I read his first book, entitled The End of Night, it really rang a bell because our cabin is about three and half hours north of the twin cities which gives us the gift of very dark nights and lots of stars. Something I can never get around here in St. Louis.

While that connection isn’t there, I still find this book every bit as interesting, since I too  have often wondered what’s under out feet. As someone who was born in Iowa (one of the many states he covers in this book) and who in fact has relatives there, which we will be visiting, I will perhaps find myself a little more observant this time around while on their farm.

Anyway, I’m hoping to finish the book while we’re up in Minnesota, where I lived as well for a short time and can’t wait to visit again. For both the stars above and the ground below.

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Trees in Lebanon

As I’ve said many times before, I love trees. The last book I just finished reading in fact, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, taught me so much more about trees than I think I knew was possible.

It also adds a bit more background to tonight’s article, “Climate Change is Killing the Cedars of Lebanon” by Anne Barnard at the New York Times. By that, I mean in the sense that while climate change is going on, these trees are continuing to fight to survive in so many ways.

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