Unexpectedly, A Mighty Mite

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My goal yesterday, when I set out with my friend and hiking buddy Kathy, was to show her a secret hot spring in the middle of the desert (shared with me earlier by buddy Roxanne). The plan was to drive the quad to the site, take a peek without disturbing the natural area, then explore along the riverbed. As we were tooling along the outskirts of … [Read more...]

Don’t Give Up. A Better World Is Possible.

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There are days when it is just overwhelming to think about all the wrongs being done and the incredible pain being inflicted in our world -- wars, murders, shootings, rapes, suicides, cruelties, floods, droughts, pollution, disease, poverty, homelessness, hunger, lies, corruption, theft ... How does one look in to the cavernous depths of so many … [Read more...]

A Herd Of Wild Horses — Genetics And Preservation

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About a month ago I was able to see the wild horses of Corolla, North Carolina for the first time.  What a sight they are to watch in their natural habitat. Our guide told us that the wild horses came to the area about 500 years ago when the Spanish were exploring the Atlantic coastal area.  The waters around Nags Head are an atrocious place to … [Read more...]

Javelina Encounter

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This morning, as I am concluding my daily jog, I come up over a little hill – pushing myself to finish strong as I run faster on that last stretch of desert earth. My shoes are crunching away, I’m breathing heavily, the humidity is kicking my butt, and I “think” I hear something. But I can’t tell due to all the noise I’m making. So I dismiss the … [Read more...]

Words: “…the danger of futility…”

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"...the danger of futility: the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills-against misery and ignorance, injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's greatest movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man [woman]...Few will have the greatness to bend history … [Read more...]

Needing To Belong — xkcd: Spirit

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The need to belong is one of the most basic human motivations. We want to feel connected, accepted and valued. And when we don't belong, we lose spirit. Webcomic by xkcd: Spirit No wonder not belonging is one of our biggest fears. ### Related articles across the web 'xkcd' creator Randall Munroe gets asteroid named after him … [Read more...]

A Second Mother To Nature

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Mother Nature has seen it all!  But sometimes we can't help wondering if she needs a back up too.   Please welcome new contributing writer Melissa Crytzer Fry, who experienced all the anxiety of a hovering second mom as  she watched the progress of her Hummingbird Babies being streamed in from the Hummie Cam set up in her … [Read more...]

Thanks, Mr. Bill!

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*Welcome new contributing author -- Heather D of BECOMING CLICHE* Sometimes you only think you’re taking one for the team. It’s Spring Break. I know. Technically, it’s not even Spring. I don’t get to make these decisions.  When given an entire week of nothing, I’ve learned it’s good to plan at least a little something lest the … [Read more...]

Water, Camera, Bear…

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A celebratory video reminder on World Water Day that water means life -- and not just for humans. http://youtu.be/DWbXfkNuupM (Video: GoPro: Grizzly Eats My GoPro) We humans don't have the right to waste and pollute the water everyone and everything needs! ### … [Read more...]

The Ubiquitous Bike: Still A Creative Force?

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In our high tech age, it is easy to overlook the creative force and impact of something as common and ordinary as a bicycle. After all, the bicycle (as shown below) is nearly 200 years old and has been a staple of just about every nation and community for more than a hundred of those years.  Yet it is that very simplicity and ubiquitousness that … [Read more...]

Featured Book: MAYHEM AT ROCK CREEK by M. L. Poncelet

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"... frontier history rugged and real." Popular books and movies have made the phrase “gold rush” all but synonymous with California and Alaska.  But have you ever heard about the Canadian gold rushes at Fraser Canyon, Cariboo, or Rock Creek ? In 1859, two U.S. soldiers crossed three miles into the then British colonial territory of … [Read more...]

Pondering The Possibilities: Digital Toilet Paper?

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Like it or not.  Embrace it or not. The digital age has brought a lot of changes to our world. But there has to be a limit. Right? Still ... Can we really rule out the possibility of digital "toilet paper"? After all, there was a time when we used leaves, rocks, and even sticks. And isn't it about time for some innovation -- the electric … [Read more...]