As if I needed any more tools or toys to play with — this morning, as I am finishing up last minute ideas about my presentation tomorrow night to the New River Valley chapter of the Native Plant Society, I run across an application created by the same individual who developed Scrivener, the wonderful appication I use regularly for writing longer documents.

This application is called SCAPPLE (beta) and is a unique tool for brainstorming — just exactly what I need this morning. So here is my “so what” response to what we do about nature deficit disorder in our children, in early draft. Click the image for a larger view.

And for additional resources directly or peripherally related to how we enter the Anthropocene with the new relationship with nature, click this link . This  will take you to pictorial resource of related webpages (a “mural”) using an application called Double-click any image in the collage to preview that webpage; go to open in new tab to see it in its original location.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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