This Slimey Salamander has nothing to do with this post but readers pass on by without eye candy.

Once again, I’m taking the easy way out. I’m happy to share–need to, even–lest I finally accept the  eddys are good enough and just hush. So nothing fancy. No eye candy. Just the facts, m’am. Not surprisingly, it is the fellow creatures we live with that draw my amazement, admiration and respect–not to mention the previously-intact ecosystems that gave rise to them, many of which are now on their way off the page of history occupied so completely and with such a heavy hand …

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Last night at the Floyd Country Store (and more at a new venue perhaps next year) we viewed the 38th movie in six and a half years of this SustainFloyd program of information-sharing (not to mention Pot Luck Suppers). Some of these movies have lead to direct action within the community, others to targeted discussions in other organizations about environmental or community well-being issues; and most movies have shed a different light on some aspect of life on Earth that makes the viewer see …

Bottled Water: The Biggest Con of All Time? Read more »

There are some things about surface waters that are always true: They only flows downhill. Gravity decides the course. They cut through soft rock faster than harder rock. They carry with them what they flow through: soil, sand, pig poop, road salt They will eventually find the ocean (or impounded, find the clouds again). But beyond that, the nation’s creeks and streams and rivers have their own unique story, told by the history of the continental masses underneath them that, along with climate, determine …

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…Brazil has elected a new far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, who favors abolishing protected indigenous lands. He has promised to scale back enforcement of environmental laws, calling them an impediment to economic growth, and has made his intentions for the Amazon clear. “Where there is indigenous land,” he said last year, “there is wealth underneath it.” The elected Gods of Mammon will dig under cities, under schools, under parks and islands and mountains and rainforests–will turn Earth into profit; into temporary freedom from the certainty …

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No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend’s Or of thine own were: Any man’s death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. ~ John Donne …

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