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Happy gas pump via human interaction

Friday was the kind of day beckoning a toasty hat, and if you left it behind your ears would wonder why. I'll be honest. Climate change does concern me. But seeing more green grass than snow this winter was appeasing --- and particularly when approaching the age where snow is more perilous than pleasant. The …

Nature Teacher: Nothing is as Nothing Seems

Opening the compost bin lid reveals decomposing garlic skins, leek greens, maple leaves, apple cores, coffee grounds, and other unidentifiable by now but formerly salubrious consumables. Dirt from last summer's potted flowers (probably the water-logged ones that couldn't withstand the heavy rains) is mixed in. I suppose most would view this as rubbish or waste …

Nature Teacher: The Natural Timing of Things

Plants wither and die in time as we experience it. Everlasting physical beauty is contrary if not impossible or simply a matter of perception. Why tamper with the natural timing of life? Shriveled leaves talk of acceptance. They do not worry. Crinkles speak of wisdom. It is humans who do not understand and self-inflict suffering, …