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.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Box turtles

Reading this story took me back to the days when we use to have box turtles for pets. While we never seemed to have them very long, the memories of those turtles have always been good.

So this article about a vet who took care of a turtle with a cracked shell was a good reminder of those times. The article is entitled “Vet Reunites with Turtles Years after Saving it” by Russell McLendon over at the Mother Nature Network. Good memories.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

 

Trails

For as long as I can remember, trails have always been my friend. From the one’s we use to travel along as kids in the neighborhood woods to the park ones I walked last weekend.

This article over at High Country News entitled “A Network of Trails That Spans the Countryreminded me of those trails and those times. I’ve even blazed my own trail, the one that I walk every day at lunch when I go to the public library.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Wales, tiny house style

When I came across this article I knew I had to post it. Wales is where my family comes from and recently I’ve been looking into a tiny house for my son. Anyway, the article is entitled “The slatest in tiny houses: a cabin in Wales by TRIAS” over at Treehugger. Talk about a view to wake up to in the morning.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian

Plastic straws

As I think I’ve mentioned before, my use of plastic is something I’m trying to reduce. First with plastic bags and now with straws. So when I came across this article over at the Washington Post, it only reinforced that idea.

The article is entitle “A Campaign to Eliminate Plastic Straws is Sucking in Thousands of Converts” by Darryl Fears. I will warn you however, the video of a straw being pulled out of a Sea Turtles nose is kind of gross. At the same time, you get the idea of what we’re doing to our planet and with Sea Turtles being one of my favorite animals, it was hard to watch.

Sincerely-

   

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.

Sincerely-

  

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.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian