Category Archives: earthcare

Let There (NOT) Be Light

Yo, Fragments regulars or those much  more numerous who, according to my site statistics,  came here round-about from the oddest search results you can imagine (those details for another time)... I will be, at least for while, posting primarily on that perhaps has more potential readership and greater credibility as a fact source than the fuzzy world of blogs. Today's post has not gotten much love there, so my thought that DARKNESS  and a pertinent map would be an interesting topic for my sky-watching neighbors has not borne out. I continue to have my finger somewhere other than on the pulse … Continue Reading ››

Nature Deficit Disaster: Vanishing Species There was a time when we could pretend to not know it was short-sighted to let tongueless buffalo carcasses rot by the millions. Or shoot passenger pigeons for sport. Or wipe out all top predators because we had the notion the world would be a better place without them. There was a time when humankind could depend on business, more or less, as usual, over the long term of our short history. That long calm was called the Holocene--the term that geologists use for that period of 15 to 20 thousand years after the last … Continue Reading ››

Ill Winds of Change

The wind is not my friend, and, yet it is. While I loathe its bite on bare hands and the angry howl of it overhead, I often consider the powerful metaphor it offers as I feel it and hear it and resent it in my life at the moment. Wind is a symbol for unseen forces that move the ships of our lives; and winds are the gods of the sky--a pantheon whose cast dwell in varied halls by longitude, latitude and altitude. There is an order in the chaos of moving air--predictable patterns … Continue Reading ››

My CO2 Melts 50 Meters of Arctic Ice

co2arcticicefootprint800 One of the most useful and fairly recent ways to understand the impact of human commerce and lifestyles on the biological and material resources and processes of the planet is to express that use in terms of a carbon or water or energy or soil “footprint.” But up until now it has not been possible to express with precision the impact of human carbon footprints on Arctic sea ice. It's one thing to have a number for your shoe size, but another thing altogether to know what you're stepping on in the real world. As … Continue Reading ››

On Beholding

It's a lovely word: beholding. It expresses seeing beyond the mere perception of light and color, comprehending the deeper realities of the thing seen. It obliges the beholder to a deeper level of discernment than the casual onlooker. It is a central theme to what I am attempting to say now in what might someday be my third book. The notion of beholding just cropped up above the horizon of awareness again this morning, reading a piece that resonates with my own hopes to behold the ecology of Goose Creek and tell that story to others. The "reflection for Earth Day" is authored by … Continue Reading ››

Out of Sight: the Semi-Immortality of Household Waste

clockYou probably have one in your bedroom—a simple digital clock with big illuminated numerals you can read across the room. It consists of some simple mechanical and electrical components, and a box of molded plastic. Big deal. Ours is an over-achiever. It gains a minute every couple of months and is now 14 minutes fast. But in the wee hours, and especially if I need to be up by an exact time, I need to compute 14 minutes less than the clock shows. Or is it 14 minutes more, I wonder, as I … Continue Reading ››

This Bountiful Land: Pasture First Cutting

AbbyTarynHaybales-03_680 It was not the purpose for cutting and baling hay that the grands have a place to play King (er Queen) of the Mountain. But the fact that they invented their own entertainment and burned off some youthful energy in the process (with digital devices nowhere in sight) is one pleasant side-effect of last week's haying. The purpose, of course, was to power the growth of meat animals who will digest the tens of thousands of round bales cut in Floyd County and turn it into protein for growing bodies like those of … Continue Reading ››