Category Archives: Environment

Trophy Hunting Looms for Grizzly Bears

Averaging 800 pounds, powerful and fast moving, voracious defenders of their young, grizzly bears are a North American treasure deserving of our awe and worthy of preservation. Native Americans held them sacred and embedded them in their legends, dances and … Continue reading

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You have every right to be afraid!

Many of us rightfully fear a Trump presidency for what it may mean for the welfare of our citizenry and nation. Will Affordable Health Care (AHC) and Medicare be on the chopping block? If you’re an undocumented immigrant, will Trump … Continue reading

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Introducing my hummingbird friends…

They return every April to our Kentucky backyard, survivors of a 3000 journey from Central America, which includes a non-stop 500 mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a journey my hummingbird friends will repeat again, returning in fall … Continue reading

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Macdonald’s H is for Hawks: Finding Passage

The archaeology of grief is not ordered. It is more like earth under a spade turning up things you had forgotten, surprising things come to light: not simply memories, but states of mind, emotions, older ways of seeing the world. … Continue reading

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Saving Spring’s Envoys: Our Vanishing Birds

We take for granted that birds in the millions returning from their winter feeding grounds in Central and South America will make it back to nest and mate in our yards each spring. The rude reality, however, paints a scenario … Continue reading

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Good News for Elephants!

CNN reported yesterday that Hong Kong, the world’s largest retail market for ivory, will phase out ivory sales over the next eighteen months and impose severe penalties on those engaging in smuggling and trading of endangered species. Certainly this is … Continue reading

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Lexington, KY: Reflections on My Old Kentucky Home

I count myself fortunate to live near Lexington, KY. Its assets are many; its liabilities, few. I like its small town feel—no row housing here; no factories puffing their toxins into the air. Though ranked 61 among American cities, currently … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Phoul: When Neighbors Cut Down Trees

My daughter has been complaining in her recent emails about a family on her street in Bellevue, WA. They’ve cut down two lovely Douglas fir trees, the kind that startle Easterners like me not used to arboreal skyscrapers, many of … Continue reading

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On Visiting Bloedel Reserve

If you have a garden and a library you have everthing you need.–Cicero I’ve been doing a lot of walking in the Seattle area these past several days, while visiting my daughter and family. As a gardener back home in … Continue reading

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Why We Mourn a Lion’s Death

In the aftermath of Cecil’s killing. you may have seen the op piece to the NYT by Goodwell Nzou, a Zimbabwe graduate student at Wake Forest University. Supposedly, he provides contextual balance, giving us the other side of the story, … Continue reading

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