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    Great Tree Book: The Songs of Trees

    David George Haskell's new book fascinates me. He tells of the music and songs of trees and rivers: the sounds of rain on different leaves, the wind in the upper leaves of the ceibo trees, the calls of bromeliad frogs, of parrots, of insects, monkeys, crested owls, spectacled owls, tawny screech owls, and tinamou. He recounts the pain of a bullet ant bite. He relates that " good and harmonious life" with reciprocity and solidarity" Listen to the trees as you walk amongst them and as you dream. He describes the tension as local communities fight against the oil companies and consumerism in the Ecuadorean forests.


    Rachel Carson Play - A Sense of Wonder

    A friend immensely enjoyed the play acted by Kaiulani Lee. Rachel Carson found joy in observing nature, particularly in the seas and tidepools. And she collected the science, deduced that pesticides were killing the birds, and persuasively and poetically called to save the birds in her book, Silent Spring. The film of the play is available from PBS and iTunes.



    I AM A MAN

    Protestors and Dreamers Needed for Justice for People and for Nature

    It says that those who challenge to racism, colonialism, sexism, elitism, militarism, classism, exceptionalism, chauvinism, triumphalism, nationalism, religionism, .... are marginalized in historical accounts, yet their protests and "impossible" dreams are vital for change and justice.
    About changing what is considered doable: ( A friend said that Bernie Sanders is bringing up the possibility of not being allied with the dictatorial Saudi regime, though it is a major weapons purchaser and ally. The friend said that this is an example of the "Overton Window".)
    We can bring up the rights of nature, of trees, of rivers, of wetlands, of coral reefs, of animals, of wildlife, of wolves, of bears, of dolphins, of whales, of birds, of endangered species, of ecosystems, and of animals. We can also bring up the right to clean water and clean air. Here are links about the rights of nature. https://therightsofnature.org/articles ,


    Watch Perseid Meteor Shower Aug. 11 and 12

    For Colorado after 12:30am seems best- after the moon sets= for Colorado, go to http://www.cpr.org/news/story/how-watch-perseid-meteor-shower-colorado for best ways to view, go to http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/how-to-minimize-moon-and-optimize-meteor-shower

    Spring! Birds Return!

    Biking and hiking, I spied barn swallows returning to nests above the bike underpass ring necked ducks, comorants, red-winged blackbirds, meadowlarks belting out their songs in meadows, a bald eagle, and goslings. The flowers are also sprouting out: plum trees, apple trees, cheery trees, spring beauties, stork's bill, pasque flowres, sand lilies, and oregon grape.