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As someone who has visited at least two of them and getting ready to start reading the book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (courtesy of an article from Minnesota Public Radio) by Dan Egan, this article really caught my attention.

Not only does it discuss what’s happening to all of the great lakes really, it talks about how one person is trying to make a difference. The article is entitled “Ohio’s watershed moment: How to fix Lake Erie algae” by over at the Grist.

Quite fascinating read to say the least. Looking forward to going there again (we’ve only visited Lake Michigan and Lake Superior so far. The picture above is Lake Superior while on our family vacation in 2016.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

 

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The article I read tonight reminds me of the book I’m reading at the moment, Still Waters by Curt Stager. In fact, some of the stories in the aforementioned book, remind me a little of what’s gone on over at Town Line Lake (the lake our cabin is on), during the last few years.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Arctic Expert Discovers Methane Fuelled Lake in Alaska” by Chris Mooney over at Independent. I guess this weekend I’ll have to do a little reading on the history of our lake, starting with the book History of Longville, MN 1906-2006.

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Green Librarian

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):

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Sincerely-

     

Green Librarian

 

Plastics up north

So while all the headlines these day’s talk about plastics and our oceans, this story tonight is on another chapter of that story. It’s also about a place near and dear to my heart, the great lakes. The article is entitled “The Great Lakes Contain as much Plastic as the Oceans” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger.

On the bright side, I’ve greatly reduced my use of what are known as single-use plastic, like straws and plastic bags. In fact, tonight my son got a mint oreo shake and used one of our reusable metal straws. Yea!

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Green Librarian

 

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

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

Vacation time

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So for most of the last week, this is where I was, northern Minnesota or what I like to call heaven. It seems like every sunset we see up there is different. This year though, we also went up to Winnipeg, Canada and I must say we had a great time up there too. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of our time there. I’ll have to ask my daughter if she has any. I was busy just enjoying the moments.

Sincerely-

       

Green Librarian