The Country Mouse and The City Mouse

“ I’m a country mouse, easily overwhelmed by humanity on the scale of cities, even those much smaller than this one (Kinshasa) … It struck me that the culture gap between city and country mouse might be wider than any other I’ve known.”                                                                 ~ Barbara Kingsolver I grew up in the suburbs of a […]

All of a Piece

“Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.”           ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson “The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me, older and harder […]

Street Trees

To this day, its origins remain a mystery. But somehow, amid the chaotic meeting of the so-called New World and the Old, two plants from continents thousands of miles apart — an American sycamore and an Oriental plane – met and reproduced.                                 ~ Zaria Gorvett One of the nice things about the old neighborhood […]

Good Lawn Almighty!

“I think idly about maybe, just maybe, this year I might just walk the talk and grow a natural yard, my own version of rewilding. Let nature have its way and see what evolves. After all, nature was here first and maybe she knows best what to do here.”                                                 ~ Steve Tarlton Every spring, […]

Shift the Stats

“Contact with nature in cities significantly reduces feelings of loneliness, according to a team of scientists … Loneliness is a major public health concern, their research shows, and can raise a person’s risk of death by 45% — more than air pollution, obesity or alcohol abuse.”                ~ Damian Carrington It is well known that […]

It’s Not Nice To Fool (with) Mother Nature

“Hundreds of local projects to restore ecosystems on coastlines and mountains, in river valleys, forests, and grassy plains, have proved their worth in using restored nature to boost the resilience of millions of people to the ravages of onrushing climate change … Most are cheaper and more effective than any engineering alternatives, with more spinoff […]

Rewilding

In one of the most used and abused states in the nation, a small but growing number of conservationists have advanced a radical theory: Iowa is ripe for rewilding … “The solutions exist,” restoration ecologist Leland Searles said. “It’s a matter of allowing the solutions to happen.”                                                                                 ~ Stephen Robert Miller It’s spring and […]

Don’t Fence Me In

“The 2020 analysis found that fences affect ecosystems on every scale, from decreasing insect abundance, because they give spiders ample places to build their webs, to impeding the long-distance migration of everything from wildebeests to mule deer. By concentrating animals more closely together than they might be in the wild, fences could increase disease transmission, […]

Climate Future

“We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can secure a livable future. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming. I am encouraged by climate action being taken in many countries.”                                                 ~ IPCC chair Hoesung Lee “It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C […]

Is Soil a Dirty Word?

People tend to see gardening as a hobby — an activity — but I think it’s primarily a relationship. Many gardeners speak of the importance of feeling part of something larger than themselves … This feeling of being part of the web of life.                                              ~ Margaret Roach, quoting Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith The web of […]