Very good advice and reminder. Thanks, Colleen!
Reconnect with nature – Lovely piece on the virtues of filling the senses with the wonders of the natural world.
“Wind in the trees, thunder, flowing water, falling leaves, rain, animal voices, birdsong – we live amid a teeming polyphony of natural sounds.
“Add to these the sounds of human activity, from soft footsteps to pneumatic drills, from muted conversation to pounding trains, from jetting fountains to jet planes.
“Then, we have the articulate, measured, imagined sounds of art – all the many kinds of music, which so specifically and directly convey the spirit of a people.
“Our world is permeated with sounds, some calming the heart and mind, some keeping us frenetic and on edge.”
The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
Quiet is something I need like oxygen. It’s why I camp. I have to get away from the sounds of the city, of the suburbs. Out of earshot of the squealing tires and noisy buses, the wailing sirens and garbage trucks, the roaring broken mufflers and low-frequency…
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We must keep the Endangered Species Act and EPA! We also saw nesting eagles on St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in Florida last week. Magnificent bird.
Here are four good examples of why people seem to love the Endangered Species Act:
the Bald eagle – an enduring symbol of the U.S. of A.;
the Louisiana Black bear– which long ago provided the inspiration for the toy “teddy bear;”
the magnificent Humpback whale, which can still be found in all the oceans of the world;
and the West Indian manatees, and a subspecies, the Florida manatees, found along the coasts of the southeastern U. S. states, seeking particularly warm water sites in the winter months.
In spite of such conservation successes – which have occurred with the assistance of the Endangered Species Act – that law itself is now in danger. Many of the elected Republican leaders who control the U.S. Congress are eager “to modernize” the law, in ways that its supporters believe will weaken it significantly. Some in Congress propose outright…
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A short story for March 4. Forward march always.
With two of my big brothers – March Forth found its seed in my relationship with brother on the left.
Today is March Fourth – a date I have always adored. But in 2008, the date became marked the date when my brother died by his own hands. This short story is based on that event. However, the beauty of being an author means I can create a better world (or worse, if I choose) than reality in hopes of presenting alternate ways of viewing the world and our place in it. This short story appears in the box set Unshod along with other short stories set in the West. The box set is perma-free.
By P.C. Zick
Eve woke from the first sound sleep she’d had in months. Silence greeted her, along with an empty spot next to her on the king-size bed.
Throwing on the robe…
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A weekend spent enjoying the wonders of where we live helped fight the anxiety of the past few months. Nature always rejuvenates me and inspires me to continue. If the bald eagle, the great blue heron, the white ibis, and the anhinga can survive the loss of habitat and invasion by humans, then I can survive the political turmoil occurring wherever I turn, except when I’m surrounded by blue skies, water, and wildlife. Enjoy my little photo journey and inhale its curative powers. (Photos by P.C. Zick from St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and Wakulla Springs State Park, both lovely spots less than thirty minutes from our home in Tallahassee.)
Language is the most powerful tool we have. Use it wisely. Please.
“Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.” ~Desmond Tutu
We toss them around like they are nothingness… invisible air out of our mouths or thoughts from fingertips. We say we’re just being funny, sarcastic or ‘venting’ but words are things that carry energy and weight. Maya Angelou said they get into the fabric of our lives, our curtains and our clothing. Into our very being. We lighten our hearts and the world around us when we share words that help and don’t harm. Let’s scatter kindness with our powerful everyday words.
Trying to stay positive through all the negativity in the world right now. Here’s another quote I love, but not sure who first said it–I read it on a church sign: “The only time we should be looking down on someone is when we’re reaching down with a hand to pull them up.” (My paraphrase, but sentiment the same)! Happy Wednesday.