Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Tree day

Okay, for most people this (or was) Thursday but me it’s Tree day. Why you ask? Well, first I went on my daily walk at lunch to the local library and came across the book The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

I’ve just read the foreword but I like what I’ve read. You can read about the author and his book in the article entitled “German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too” by

Then I came across this article at work today entitled “Scientists report why forests with more tree types grow better, faster over at the West Fargo Pioneer. Of course the article comes from Duluth, Minnesota, where our family has gone on vacation for the last couple of years and where there are lots of trees!

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Green Librarian

Lost Continent

It always amazes me what science is able to discover. In this case, it’s how they’re able to discover a piece of a lost continent under the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius through the discovery of a rock known as zircons. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never heard of it.

Anyway, the article is entitled “3-Billion-Year-Old ‘Lost Continent’ Lurking Under African Island” by Tia Ghose over at LiveScience. Reminds me, I need to go back and check out the book Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles G. Spencer. Next stop, the library.

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Good & dirty

Here is another moment where the article I’m going to write about isn’t available unless you have access to the Wall Street Journal. The article is entitled ” Get Your Children Good and Dirty” by B. Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta.

The upside here however, is that the essay is adapted from their new book Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child From an Oversanitized World. Me, I’ve already requested it from my local library.

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The Forest Unseen

I learned so much about what lies and lives beneath and around the trees in a forest from the book The Forest Unseen by David George Haskell. All I can say is that this is a great book and I highly recommend it.

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Sand

So tonight I actually planned to watch the PBS special Sand Wars, mostly because I got it on DVD from the library a couple of weeks ago. Towards the end, it actually began to remind me of the book Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough & Michael Braungart and how important that philosophy is. It also reminded me that I need to go back and read the book Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland.

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Moonstruck

Pretty much every morning and evening, when I going to work and coming home from work, I always look up to see where the moon is in the sky. On the weekends, at night, I always like to look up and see where the moon is and what stars and/or planets are out.

So while I’m always looking out for the moon, outside of knowing that it affects the ocean tides, I must admit I’m more than a little illiterate on how the moon affects life here on earth. Now that I’ve requested this book, Moonstruck by Ernest Naylor, hopefully I’ll become a little more educated.

You can also check out the article “First Rock From the Earth” by John Huth over at the Wall Street Journal. It’s a review of the book but unfortunately, unless you have a subscription, the article isn’t available online.

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Wilderness

So what is wilderness? That’s the question that the book “”Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man” by Jason Mark tries to answer. Unfortunately, I haven’t read the book yet but I did just interlibrary loan it since my library doesn’t own it. I’ll keep you posted.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. The article I came across about the book is entitled “Is there such a thing as wilderness anymore?Author Jason Mark looks for wilderness in the age of man and finds it in unexpected places” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network

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