Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Black bear, black bear

It turns out that shortly after we got back from Minnesota, our neighbor up north told my sister he had seen a black bear between our two cabins around that time. Then after we got home, I was going through some old issues of the Missouri Conservation magazine when I came across this article on Black Bears in Missouri.

The article is entitled “Make Way for Bearsby Francis Skalicky over at the Missouri Conservationist Magazine. Sounds like they’re getting around, which at least to me, is a good thing.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

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Peace & quiet

Reading this article made me begin to appreciate a bit more our family vacations to northern Minnesota, both with the kids and before them. Not so much for what we saw but for what we didn’t hear. Actually just the peace and quiet of nature. One of those times where you appreciate what you don’t have.

The article is entitled “Lessons in Stillness From One of the Quietest Places on Earth“ by Meghan O’Rourke in the New York Times Style Magazine. Unfortunately, this link might not work unless you have a subscription to the New York Times, so just go to your local library for it. It came out in November of 2017. It’s definitely worth the read.

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Green Librarian

Photography

So now that I’ve had my camera for a couple of years now, I’ve finally begun to take pictures and mostly pictures of nature during our family vacations to Minnesota. With that said, I wanted to blog about this article tonight in part because this gentleman also takes picture of nature but also for another one that is close to my heart.

The young man in this article entitled “22-year-old defies the odds with his wildlife photography” by Jacqueline Gulledge over at the Mother Nature Network has Down Syndrome. Now while no one in my family has Down Syndrome, my oldest son is autistic. So it’s a story that in some ways, I hope happens to my son, that he finds what he truly loves to do.

In a way, it also let’s me know, I need to keep on helping him to find that too. Fortunately, I know what he loves, hopefully I can help him make it happen.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Nature & mental health

As I’ve so often talked about before and truly believe in, nature is one our best medicines. As a single father of three kids, it was something I tried to do on a somewhat regular basis, from Amphibian Nights to Owl Prowls to family walks in the woods.

Tonight’s article, entitled “Growing Up Near Green Space Reduces Risk of Mental Illness” by Katherine Martinko over at Treehugger, I think reinforces that belief. What I wouldn’t give to take them all out again to Amphibian Night.

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Green Librarian

 

Sitting down

Reading tonight’s article was a reminder that I need to find more time to just sit and spend a little more time. When my kids were young, I found that time, not by sitting down but by walking.

Whether it was taking a walk in a local park or participating with the kids in one of many local workshops put on the Missouri Department of Conservation like Amphibian Night or the Owl Prowl.

So the article I just finished reading is entitled “Why and how you should start a sit-spot routine” by Jaymi Heimbuch over at the Mother Nature Network. Now I need to just find a sit-spot for myself.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Past, present & future

So while I usually I like to post articles are upbeat when talking about our environment, perhaps because of the new year, I’m posting this article tonight that while not uplifting allows me to be a bit reflective about what has happened, what is going on presently what we can do in the future.

The article, entitled “A Forest of Ancient Trees, Poisoned by Rising Seas” by Nathaniel Popkin over at the New York Times, looks back at what’s been happening the last year or more both close to where he lives and around the world. I think it also motivate me to look around where I live and what I can do to help.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

 

Winter solstice

So tonight’s article is one that takes me back to a good place, laumeier sculpture park to be exact. A place where I’ve spent many a days with my kids. A place to enjoy nature and time with my family.

The article is entitled “Winter Solstice and Winter Walksby Dwight Bitikofer over at the Webster-Kirkwood Times. I think a winter walk sounds really good right about now.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian