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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):




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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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So when I read this book review (actually two of them) for the book Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane, I was immediately taken back to my childhood. To the times we played in the woods and all the landmarks that were there. I’m reminded of the train tunnel, the open stony field and the grassy open field as well, which is now full of houses.

Anyway, the first review is over at the Wall Street Journal, which yes isn’t available unless you have a subscription. It’s entitled “Why You Can’t  Say Where You Are” by Tom Shippey. It’s also in the August 6-7, 2016 weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal.

I also happen to come across a review of the book over at the New York Time which is entitled “Review: ‘Landmarks’ a Book on Language and Landscape” by Sarah Lyall. Either way, it’s a great read and if you’re like me, will take you back to another time.



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Out west

As someone who has always enjoyed both history and science, not to mention went to school at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, the dust bowl has always been one of those topics that I actually know very little about so this article over at the Wall Street Journal was a quick and easy read.

The article is entitled “The Prophet of the Dust Bowl” by John F. Ross over at the Wall Street Journal and like I’ve said in the past, you will need a subscription to the Journal in order to access the article or you can just go down to your local library to read this article in the Review section of the June 16-17 weekend edition.

You could also check out the book The Promise of the Grand Canyon: John Wesley Powell’s Perilous Journey and His Vision for the American West, also by John F. Ross. Me, I’ve already read the article and now I need to go request the book.



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Tree talk

Continuing along the theme of trees tonight, I came across this article the other day which reminded me of a book read a while back but can’t for the life of me remember the title and also talked about how trees talk to each other.

The article tonight is entitled “Trees Talk to Each Other in a Language We can Learn, Ecologist Claim” by Sara Burrows over at the blog Return to Now. Meanwhile, I will sit here trying to remember the name of that book.



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One persons trash is another persons treasure

That saying has never been truer than in this story from over in Turkey. It seems while some people were throwing out books, others were collecting them. The article is entitled “Library Opens in Turkey with Books Collected by Sanitation Workers” by Melissa Breyer over at Treehugger. On top of that, the books are all now in a library. How cool is that!



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Fire & science

So once again, I have another article that unless you have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, you’re going to have to go to your local library to read. It should be in the December 11, 2017 edition.

With wildfires spreading across parts of California on a daily basis, it’s hard not to be saddened by this story. That said, this article is actually about the science involved here. It’s entitled “Hunting the Ventura County Wildfire, Trying to Predict its Next Attack by Erica Phillips over at the Wall Street Journal.

It also reminds me of the book Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philips Connor. The book offers great insight into how we currently handle wildfires. Definitely, food for thought in regards to the wildfires in California and elsewhere.



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