This time of year, the day starts early and ends late. It starts and ends outdoors. These are the HHH days, where heat, haze and humidity spawn afternoon showers–if we’re lucky. If we’re not, the garden takes an extra hour of attention at least every other day to keep it watered. No less than for us humans, there is no vegetable life without water. it provides a water skeleton that supports the plant (or not: you’ll know when plants wilt they are dehydrated.) Plants …

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I’m finding threads all over my computer that if pulled, would lead someplace maybe worth going–digital scraps, memos, and saved pointers to all sorts of things I’m interested in pursuing but mostly never will, or am increasingly feeling I’m the only one who gives a rodent’s rump about such geo-eco-trivia. This screen shot of the Roanoke River drainage came after my two days spent on Rock Castle Creek, when I was wondering where the water goes and how it gets there and about what …

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I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about water lately–thankful for the abundance we have just now, sad for the water poverty of peoples and the planet to come. I’m struggling to find a working stance somewhere between parched by despair and drenched with hope. Is it enough to turn off the tap when we brush our teeth? How much will individual responsibility  alter the game if it only means changing habits within our homes  or in our day to day choices with regard …

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