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 […]

Biophilic Cities

I live on the edge of a metropolitan area. To the east are a couple of undeveloped mesas, some agricultural lands, and suburbs stretching the twenty miles or so into urban Denver. West, the mountains rise abruptly over two thousand feet in a couple of stages. The mountain face (Front Range) is mostly open, but […]

 Unhoused

“It was a dark and stormy night …”                                                                 ~ Snoopy Colorado is nice in the summer, and camping out is a favorite activity for many of us here. Fall and spring can be nice, too, but the weather can be unexpectedly erratic. Across the southern U.S., the weather is nice three-quarters of the year […]

Bored and Grumpy

Hibernation is a state of minimal activity and metabolic depression. Hibernation is a seasonal heterothermy characterized by low body-temperature, slow breathing and heart-rate, and low metabolic rate. It most commonly occurs during winter months.                                                                                                 ~ Wikipedia Lately, I’ve become envious of those animals that can just go into hibernation and ignore the outside world. Between the pandemic totally disrupting our lives both […]

Urban Nature

Humans need to find peace and quiet. Any parent has reached their screaming point from all the chaos that children and jobs can bring into their lives, but we all occasionally need some calming, uninterrupted time for our brain to settle down and clear out our thoughts. For some, a walk in the woods or […]

 Tree Songs

“To listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, is therefore to learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty.”                                                 Maria Popova in The Songs of Trees It’s a special, but not rare thing. I can sit on the patio and hear the whisper of the breeze through the trees […]

Bored and Grumpy

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”                                  ~ Isaac Asimov​ “The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves.”                                 ~ Rachel Carson It’s nearly fall, so the weather is turning but still be […]

Biophilic Design

“The plantings that are around those landscapes or those buildings are chosen for the birds that follow migratory paths, to support the bugs those birds eat,” architect Justin Crane says … This could be described as an example of “biophilic design”, in which buildings and even interiors strike a better balance between people and nature … […]

It’s Only Natural

I think I’m getting older. Not the ‘growing up and getting wiser’ aging that we hear about, but the actual getting old. Somehow my blond hair turned white without me noticing. With my 72nd birthday this week, I’m creakier in the mornings, and if I sit very long, that creakiness doesn’t really go away during […]