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Norm Leonard
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Scientist. Educator. Leader. Natural Historian. Ecologist. Conservation Biologist. Herpetologist. Photographer. Philosopher. Student.
Scientist. Educator. Leader. Natural Historian. Ecologist. Conservation Biologist. Herpetologist. Photographer. Philosopher. Student.

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Unbelievably proud of these two! Regardless of what happens farther down the road - gun control, no gun control, Kumbaya, or Let The Bodies Hit The Floor - they participated in the process.

For a young person like Wolfie, the ideas of freedom, liberty, democracy, and gun rights/control are often distilled into black and white terms. But we adults live and operate in a complex, nuanced world with a million shades of gray. So Wolfie got a lesson in the messy truth of democracy last weekend. He learned simultaneously that his voice has power and that he's only one small cog in a vast machine. (It's easy to be cynical, but we strive to teach our children to be stronger than that.) He learned that change isn't easy, that issues come with more than two sides, that adults don't always care about right versus wrong, and that dialogue is difficult.

He told Skye that he wanted to stay at the rally longer when she was ready to go home. "Just hold my arms up," he told her when she asked if he wanted her to hold the sign. And the sign's text is Wolfie's original creation.

I'll be honest, I don't know exactly where I stand on all the issues being discussed these days. I see a complex web of issues and worry about the unintended consequences of each proposed "solution." BUT, I do know that the way things are now isn't good or healthy, and something needs to change. Soon.

I think one of those changes is happening, and I think it's a very positive shift in our society: our young people are engaging in the process again. I don't necessarily share all their views (but I'll cop to agreeing with most of them); I'm just thrilled that they're showing up and speaking up. There's no way that can be a bad thing.
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We are beyond exited to be one of the newest members of @stsimonslandtrust 1% for St. Simons program! Now, every customer will have the opportunity to automatically add a 1% surcharge to their purchase. The money will benefit the Land Trust and help preserve this very special corner of the wider world. (Customers may also opt out, but we hope that they don't - this is a very worthy cause!)

[This 1% donation program augments the 5% of our gross earnings that we already donate to conservation organizations. See our web page for more information.

#conservation #conservationconnection #sustainability #sustainabletourism #ecotourism #1percentforstsimons #payitforward #sslt #landtrust #stsimons #stsimonsisland #GoldenIsles #Georgia #kfpaddle]
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The best thing about love is that you never run out. Give as much as you want, there's always more.

Oh, and here's a really pretty #sunset.

Live with intent. Practice gratitude. Be present.

#bluemind #bestsunsets #GoldenIsles
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Nature is infrastructure.
"Environment" didn't make it into the State of the Union, but "infrastructure" did. Nature happens to be some of the best infrastructure we have. Therein lies the opportunity: for reefs, dunes, floodplains and wetlands.
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"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world."
- Max Ehrmann, "Desiderata"

Just thought it might be nice to see a couple of the beautiful things that brightened my day. Maybe they'll brighten yours too.

Pic 1 is a Clematis bloom
Pic 2 is a knockout rose
Pic 3 is a morning glory
All three were blooming today at my home in Dahlonega
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The monarchs about to begin their migration.
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