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On Pretending That What’s Happening Isn’t Actually Happening
Deep Winter Ruminations "Unbelievable Winter Color" by Albert H. Krehbiel Des Plaines River, 1928 In December I found myself sliding into a state of extreme unwillingness to take on new projects, to continue work on those in hand, to write, or do much of an...
In December I found myself sliding into a state of extreme unwillingness to take on new projects, to continue work on those in hand, to write, or do much of anything else, really, at work or at home. I found myself prodded awake in the night by worries about global warming, the tides of war and ...
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Summer Notes: A Rainy June and Hummingbird Questions
The rainy days of early summer See more at Illinois State Climatologist While the planet as a whole has continued to heat up,
increasing its insistence via extreme weather events that humans really do need
to “pay attention, already, dammit!”,  Illinois has...
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This is an updated repost of "Flowering Plants Native Bees Love," first published July 26, 2013. Given that here in the Midwest it's still planting season, and pollinators still (always!) need good habitat, I hope that anyone reading this will feel inspired to add more native plants to their ...
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Ethics and Ecosystem Interactions: Why Reconciliation Ecology Matters
The problem with ecosystem interactions Here’s a phrase that’s lately been haunting me: “the
extinction of ecosystem interactions.” I first encountered it in science writer
Connie Barlow’s fascinating book, The Ghosts of Evolution , which is about the
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In December I found myself sliding into a state of extreme unwillingness to take on new projects, to continue work on those in hand, to write, or do much of anything else, really, at work or at home. I found myself prodded awake in the night by worries about global warming, the tides of war and ...
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Why Osage-Orange Trees? Why Here? Why Now?
Maclura pomifera , an excellent hedging tree In Which Some Planting Gets Done, with Hope  Part of an ongoing series about the post-modern hedgerow and its uses in the landscape.  Under a gray October sky, with a stiff prairie breeze coming from the south an...
Growing and planting a new Osage-orange hedgerow in Illinois
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Backyard Carbon Sequestration: What Does Synthetic Fertilizer Have to Do with It?
Part two of a series exploring how regenerative gardening techniques can enhance carbon storage while improving soil health. In part one I discussed some of the principles behind the factors involved in soil health and how plants and the soil biological com...
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Earthcare, Literally Speaking
A version of this essay appeared in the May-June 2015 edition of BeFriending Creation, the newsletter of Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), with the title “An Earth Testimony.” From the beginning, care for the living Earth and all its creatures has been woven ...
A version of this essay appeared in the May-June 2015 edition of BeFriending Creation, the newsletter of Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), with the title “An Earth Testimony.” From the beginning, care for the living Earth and all its creatures has been woven throughout Quaker theology and ...
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