Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Old black fly

When I read tonight’s article, entitled “In Praise of Flies ” by James Gorman over at the New York Times, it reminded me of a book that my kids loved back in the day entitled Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth.

Unfortunately the fly in the book doesn’t get the praise that flies in general get from Dr. McAlister either in the article or in her book The Secret Life of Flies. I must say however, I learned more about flies that I ever thought possible, from this article.

The article is  definitely a good read and since the library doesn’t own the book, I’m going to have to request it. I’ll let you know when I get it.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

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Walden pond

So I just went to my bookshelves and found my copy of Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau. If I remember right, I read it on an airplane going to Paris, I think.

So when I came across this article on a documentary entitled Walden, it was an article I had to read. The article is entitled “‘Walden’ Embraces Thoreau’s Message” by Starre Vartan over at the Mother Nature Network.

Now I just need to watch the video and reread the book. The question is, where should I take a plane ride?

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Green Librarian

Thoreau

So tonight I have another post about Thoreau and his 200th birthday but unfortunately it’s over at the Wall Street Journal, so unless you have an online account with the Wall Street Journal, it can be found at your local library in the July 15-16 weekend edition.

The article is entitled “Thoreau at 200” by Randall Fuller over at the Wall Street Journal. It’s definitely worth the time to read. If not, you can go back to my earlier post entitled In Wildness is the Preservation of the World. Or you can just go read Thoreau’s book Walden. Anyway you look at it, you can’t lose.

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Green Librarian

In wildness is the preservation of the world

So I’ll admit it, I didn’t know that July 12, 2017 is the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau but like so much of my life these days, I seem to stumble upon what I need, when I need it.

This article, entitled “Thoreau’s Wilderness Legacy, Beyond the Shores of Walden Pond ” by Douglas Brinkley over at the New York Times is what I ran into today. Happy (belated) Birthday Henry! I think it’s time to take a walk.

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Green Librarian

 

Wildfires

I must admit over the years of writing I’ve always been fascinated with wildfires. What they do in the sense of death and re-birth to the land. I think the first book I read on wildfires was Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout by Philip Conners.

Tonight I have two more articles on the topic. They are entitled “How a Wildfire Kicked Up a 45,000-foot Column of Flames ” by Kyle Dickman over at Popular Science and “Great Plains Wildfires Used to be Rare. Not Anymore” by John Upton at The Grist. The reality is that they are becoming more the norm.

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Green Librarian

Looking back at my kids

Reading this article let me know that I did it right in terms of getting my kids interested in nature. This article, entitled “5 Ways to Get Your Family Interested In Nature” over at the Student Conservation Association, is a great read on just how to do that. For me, all five really worked well but as a librarian you can probably guess, number four is my favorite.

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Green Librarian

Sign of the times

As someone who writes on occasion and has over the years, become more and more fascinated with geology, I found this article quite humorous. It’s entitled “Bad Signs: What Happens When a Geologist With a Sharpie Encounters Wrong Information on a Public Sign?” by Dana Hunter over at Scientific American. It reminds me that I need to go check out the book Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles Spencer (which I just put a hold on).

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Green Librarian