In the spring,

at the end of the day,

you should smell like dirt.

~Margaret Atwood~

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To this day I cannot see a bright daffodil, a proud gladiola, or a smooth eggplant without thinking of Papa. Like his plants and trees, I grew up as a part of his garden. (Leo Buscaglia)

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Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals.

~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 01, 2017

 

My response to a query regarding equipment for mining landfills for recyclables:

 

Good Morning Andres,

With much regret I must tell you that the US has no such thing (at least as far as I know, of course). In fact, the United States will probably be one of the last countries to mine their l...

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The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no...

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When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. (Unknown)

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When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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No matter where you are you can grow something to eat. Shift your thinking and you'd be surprised at the places your food can be grown! Window sill, fire escape and rooftop gardens have the same potential to provide impressive harvests as backyard gardens, greenhouses and community spaces. ~Greg...

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I know the pleasure of pulling up root vegetables.

They are solvable mysteries.

 

~Novella Carpenter’s, “Farm City”~

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My little bit of earth in the front garden is one of the places that I find my bearings. The rhythm of my day begins with a cup of coffee and a little bit of weeding or dreaming. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon

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A rainbow of soil is under our feet;

 red as a barn and black as peat.

It's yellow as lemon and white as the snow;

 bluish gray. So many colors below.

Hidden in darkness as thick as the night;

 The only rainbow that can form without light.

Dig you a pit, or bore you a hole,

 you'll fi...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 14, 2017

 

Anybody who wants to rule the world

should try to rule a garden first.

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We have neglected the truth that a good farmer

is a craftsman of the highest order, a kind of artist.

+ Wendell Berry +

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 01, 2017

 

Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones.

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Let no one think that real gardening is a bucolic and meditative occupation. It is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.

~Karel Capek, The Gardener's Year

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And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose,

And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows...

 

 ~Rudyard Kipling’s, "The Glory of the Garden"~

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Most people who possess anything like an acre, or half of it, contribute weekly to the support of a gentleman known as Jobbing Gardener. You are warned of the danger that he may prove to be Garden Pest Number One. ~C.E. Lucas-Phillips

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Plants give us oxygen

for the lungs

and for the soul.

~Terri Guillemets~

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I am writing in the garden.

To write as one should of a garden

one must not write outside it or merely somewhere near it,

but in the garden.

~Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849–1924)~

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I sit in my garden,

gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself.

And I find sufficient purpose for my day. 

(Robert Brault)

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An acre of land between the shore and the hills...

A garden I need never go beyond,

Broken but neat, whose sunflowers every one

Are fit to be the sign of the Rising Sun...

~Edward Thomas (1878–1917), "For These"

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There is something primal, even sexy about growing asparagus in the garden that is lost to those who are only familiar with the canned variety. During the harvest each spring, it is with joyous anticipation that I visit the garden daily, simply for the satisfaction of finding those tender new sh...

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Tomatoes and squash never fail to reach maturity. You can spray them with acid, beat them with sticks and burn them; they love it.

~S.J. Perelman, Acres and Pains, 1951~

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Work, through the summer golden,

 And through the autumn's glow,

 Till the months lay down their burden

 In the full garden's guerdon,

 And earth, once more enfolden,

 Sleeps warm beneath the snow.

 ~Frederick Frye Rockwell, 1913 ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 21, 2016

 

In almost every garden, the land

is made better and so is the gardener.

~Robert Rodale~

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We spend our lives hurrying away from the real, as though it were deadly to us. "It must be up there somewhere on the horizon," we think. And all the time it is in the soil, right beneath our feet.

 

~William Bryant Logan’s, “Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth” 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 17, 2016

 

Life begins the day

you start a garden.

~Chinese Proverb~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 15, 2016

 

Today I had set aside for spading. Now there is nothing pleasanter than spading when the ground is soft and damp. You turn a spade full and then carefully knock all the lumps to pieces and you go on for hours without thinking about anything. (John Steinbeck)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 13, 2016

 

A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often — just to save it from drying out completely.

~ Pam Brown 

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If there was a big gardening convention, and you got up and gave a speech in favor of fast-motion gardening, I bet you would get booed right off the stage. They're just not ready.

*Jack Handey’s, “Deeper Thoughts: All New, All Crispy”*

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How can I stand on the ground every day and not feel its power?

How can I live my life stepping on this stuff and not wonder at it?

Science says that an acre of soil produces one horsepower every day.

But you could pour gasoline all over the ground forever

and never see it sprout maple t...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 07, 2016

 

 

I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error.

*Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988*

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 05, 2016

 

 

Farming is a profession of hope.

~ Brian Brett ~

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It takes a while to grasp that not all failures are self-imposed, the result of ignorance, carelessness or inexperience. It takes a while to grasp that a garden isn't a testing ground for character and to stop asking, what did I do wrong? Maybe nothing.

~Eleanor Perényi’s, Green Thought...

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Happy Holidays to All!

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Why try to explain miracles to your kids

when you can just have them plant a garden.

 

~Robert Brault ~

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As a gardener,

I'm among those who believe

that much of the evidence

of God's existence has been planted.

~Robert Brault~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 25, 2016

 

A farm is an irregular patch of nettles

bounded by short-term notes,

containing a fool and his wife

who didn't know enough to stay in the city.

 

~S.J. Perelman~

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The kiss of the sun for pardon,

The song of the birds for mirth,

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

 

(Dorothy Frances Gurney’s, "Garden Thoughts")

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The home gardener is

part scientist, part artist, part philosopher, part ploughman.

~ John R. Whiting ~

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Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming? And always the answer is: "Love. They must do it for love." Farmers farm for the love of farming. They love to watch and nurture the growth of plants. They love to live in th...

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My rule of green thumb for mulch is to double my initial estimate of bags needed, and add three. Then I'll only be two bags short. 

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We come from the earth.

We return to the earth.

 

And in between we garden.

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 13, 2016

 

 

Yes, I am positive that one of the great curatives of our

evils, our maladies, social, moral, and intellectual,

would be a return to the soil,

a rehabilitation of the work of the fields.

~ Charles Wagner ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 11, 2016

 

With fronds like you,

who needs anemones?

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 09, 2016

 

God loved the birds and invented trees.

Man loved the birds and invented cages.

(Jacques Deval)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 07, 2016

 

God loved the flowers and invented soil.

 

Man loved the flowers and invented vases. 

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The moment that a child can walk,

like that in which it first can talk,

is a precious start of exploration into landscapes of creation.

Walking, walking, walking, walking, walking on the earth.

By sense of touch the feet assess

the nature of the wilderness

of earth beneath;

yet human spee...

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Today I think

 Only with scents,—scents dead leaves yield,

 And bracken, and wild carrot's seed,

 And the square mustard field...

 It is enough

 To smell, to crumble the dark earth...

 

 -Edward Thomas (1878–1917), "Digging"

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I saw all the people hustling early in the morning to go into the factories and the stores and the office buildings, to do their job, to get their checks. But ultimately, it's not office buildings or jobs that give us our checks. It's the soil. The soil is what gives us the real income that ...

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I doe hold it, in the Royall ordering of Gardens, there ought to be Gardens, for all the Moneths in the Yeare: In which, severally Things of Beautie, may in then in Season.

 

~Sir Francis Bacon~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 27, 2016

 

 

Weed it and reap.

~ Gardening Saying ~

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I envision a day when every city and town has front and back yards, community gardens and growing spaces, nurtured into life by neighbors who are no longer strangers, but friends who delight in the edible rewards offered from a garden they discovered together. Imagine small strips of land betwee...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 23, 2016

 

When God blesses the harvest,

     there is enough for the thief as well as the gardener.

~Polish Proverb~

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There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues.

 

~ Hal Borland (19001978)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 19, 2016

 

 

More grows in the garden

than the gardener sows.

~Spanish Proverb~

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And for our work—though showers

 And autumn frosts destroy—

Our greatest pay's not measured

 In fruit and flower we've treasured,

But in the golden hours

 That brought us health and joy!

 

 ~Frederick Frye Rockwell’s, “Invitation” (1913)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 15, 2016

 

History, like a vast river, propels logs, vegetation, rafts, and debris; it is full of live and dead things, some destined for resurrection; it mingles many waters and holds in solution invisible substances stolen from distant soils.

 

~ Jacques Barzun

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 13, 2016

 

Often...visible outdoor areas are homogenous, cookie-cutter spaces, where neatly-trimmed grass or a few well-placed flower pots are admired and appreciated by the neighbors. But for some revolutionary gardeners, a feast for the eyes is not enough. They want something edible in return for the har...

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Gardening is civil and social,

but it wants the vigor and freedom

of the forest and the outlaw.

(Henry David Thoreau)

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   Whatever the outcome of this second presidential debate tonight, and I think its going to be a shitstorm, the Grand Old Party is paying for their Grand Old Problem.

   Donald Trump NEVER ONCE hid his true colors. The Republicans werent baffled by his bullshit; they bought into it.

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 07, 2016

 

 

Bloom where you are planted.

~ Author Unknown ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 05, 2016

 

Learn to be an observer in all seasons.

Every single day, your garden

has something new and wonderful to show you.

~ Author Unknown ~

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In making out your garden plan this year you will probably find yourself handicapped by the lack of accurate knowledge about your plants of last yearhow much of each thing you used, the dates of the last frost in the spring and the first killing frost in autumn, when the various insect pests ...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 01, 2016

 

 

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A gardener's best tool is the knowledge from previous seasons. And it can be recorded in a $2 notebook.

~Andy Tomolonis~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 27, 2016

 

 

The Walls enriched with Fruit-trees and faced with a covering of their leafy extensions; I should rather have said hung with different pieces of Nature's noblest Tapestry. - James Hervey

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Just because you've only got houseplants doesn't mean you don't have the gardening spirit.

I look upon myself as an indoor gardener.

(Sara Moss-Wolfe)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 23, 2016

 

 

Early to bed, early to rise;

Work like hell and fertilize.

~Emily Whaley~ 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 21, 2016

 

Flowers grow in inches,

but are destroyed by feet.

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When the soil disappears,

the soul disappears.

~Terri Guillemets~

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Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing each year, but when I told that story around the campfire, nobody got scared.

~Jack Handey~

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When overwhelmed and stressed and unable to think,

I go out and garden, it's cheaper than a shrink.

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If you've never experienced the joy

of accomplishing more than you can imagine,

 plant a garden.

~Robert Brault~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 11, 2016

 

Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping hand

 That soils my land,

 And giv'st me for my bushel sowne

 Twice ten for one.

 All this, and better, Thou dost send

 Me, to this end,

 That I should render, for my part,

 A thankful heart.

 

 ~Robert Herrick~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 09, 2016

 

 

Gardening is a kind of disease.

It infects you, you cannot escape it.

When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden;

you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because

of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.

~ Lewis Gannit ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 07, 2016

 

Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.

~Paul Harvey~

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Tell me, housewife blithe and fair,

 How does your garden grow?

 Crisp and green the lettuce there,

Onions, row by row,

Radishes beyond compare!

 Spring and I with tender care

 Watch them well, you know!

 

 -Louise Bennett Weaver & Helen Cowles LeCron-

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When you have done your best for a flower,

and it fails,

you have some reason to be aggrieved.

~Frank Swinnerton~

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Life's a garden - dig it!

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The ancient Hebrew association of man with soil is echoed in the Latin name for man, homo, derived from humus, the stuff of life in the soil. This powerful metaphor suggests an early realization of a profound truth that humanity has since disregarded to its own detriment. Since the words "hu...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 27, 2016

 

If you are a gardener,

you can always put "Plant Manager"

on your résumé. 

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There's a garden where the peppers

       Were all growing on the vine,

       The tomatoes and the pumpkins

       And the string beans, very fine.

 Harmony had been so perfect

       In this garden where they grew;

       And the sunshine and the showers

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I love being asked to identify plants

and I don't know which gives me more pleasure

to know what they are

or not to know what they are

 

Elizabeth Lawrence

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We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about

the soil underfoot. ~Leonardo da Vinci~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 19, 2016

 

 

The roots of all goodness

lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.

(Dalai Lama)

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I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person, who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocer...

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Gardening gives one back a sense of proportion about everything — except itself.

 

~May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep, 1968

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Gardening is growing things.

You start in the front with parsley, and lettuce, and onions, and radishes.

Then comes the beets, and the carrots, and the peas, and the bunch beans.

The potatoes are over in a field by themselves.

Then comes the asparagus, and the celery, and last of all the ...

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It was a perfect day for sowing.

 Nothing undone remained;

 The early seeds all safely sown.

 And now, hark at the rain, windless and light,

 Half a kiss, half a tear, saying good-night.

 

 ~Edward Thomas (1878–1917) "Sowing"

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 09, 2016

 

Gardening is the slowest

of the performing arts.

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Timeliness, which is of importance in achieving success in almost any undertaking, is particularly important in garden operations.... On the other hand, the gardener who imagines that his work can be reduced to a set of rules and formulæ, followed and applied according to special days marked on...

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There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder. ~Alfred Austin

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The soil is the great connector of our lives,

the source and destination of all.

~Wendell Berry~

“The Unsettling of America”

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A cloak of loose, soft material,

held to the earth's hard surface by gravity,

is all that lies between life and lifelessness. ~Wallace H. Fuller, Soils of the Desert Southwest, 1975~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 29, 2016

 

 

Gardeners learn

by trowel and error.

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 27, 2016

 

 

The term Garden, which originally implied nothing more than a kitchen-garden or orchard, is, according to its modern acceptation, a plot or piece of ground properly laid out, cultivated, and embellished with a variety of plants, flowers, fruits, etc. Hence, gardening, or horticulture, taken ...

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One of the worst mistakes you can make

as a gardener

is to think you're in charge.

~ Janet Gillespie ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 23, 2016

 

 

The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.

~ Author Unknown ~

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When a front yard is converted to a vegetable garden, growing food goes public! Gardens that are visible from the street naturally pique the interest of the community. The result can be that the gardener reconnects with their food, and also forges new connections with their neighbors. Some resid...

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Whoever makes a garden

 Has never worked alone;

 the rain has always found it,

 The sun has always known;

 The wind has blown across it

 And helped to scatter seeds;

 Whoever makes a garden

 Has all the help he needs.

~Author Unknown ~

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Whoever makes a garden

 Has oh so many friends:

 The glory of the morning,

 The dew when daylight ends,

 And rain and wind and sunshine

 And dew and fertile sod,

 For he who makes a garden

 Works hand in hand with God.

 

 ~Author Unknown

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If I finish my day with no garden dirt under my fingernails and nothing new learned, it is a day wasted!

~ Valerie Clague ~

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Laying out grounds... may be considered as a liberal art, in some sort like poetry and painting.... it is to assist Nature in moving the affections... the affections of those who have the deepest perception of the beauty of Nature...

~William Wordsworth,

letter to George Beaumont, 1805 O...

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The creation of the Landscape-Garden offered to the true Muse the most magnificent of opportunities. Here was, indeed, the fairest field for the display of invention, or imagination, in the endless combining of forms of novel Beauty; the elements which should enter into combination being, at all...

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A fine open-air colour was in their faces; they had that confident manner which great physical strength imparts, and that air of conscious pride which is born in lords of the soil.

 

~ Amelia E. Huddleston Barr,

A Rose of a Hundred Leaves: A Love Story (1891)

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Did you ever see a scarecrow

 Standing, ragged and forlorn,

 Guarding crops that soon are coming

 Through the earth, as though just born?

 

 ~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

"The Scarecrow" (1940s)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 05, 2016

 

 

Exclusiveness in a garden

is a mistake

as great as it is in society.

~ Alfred Austin ~

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The final step in becoming an urban farmer is the naming of your farm, even if your name is simply for the few pots on your front porch. Creating your name helps to build a sense of place within your neighborhood as well as pride in your accomplishments. By naming your farm you give it a life of...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 27, 2016

 

 

An optimistic gardener is one who believes

that whatever goes down must come up.

~ Leslie Hall ~

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And if Mrs. Harris and I are lucky enough to be in Heaven at the same time, I know what we can do when things get dull. We can give a garden party. I sure hope God didn't forget to plant a garden in Heaven.

~ Virginia Cary Hudson’s, “Gardening” (1962)

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I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,

If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.

~Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass~

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Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land's inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserv...

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I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.

~ Phyllis Theroux ~

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When one of my plants dies,

I die a little inside too.

~Terri Guillemets~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 15, 2016

 

I cultivate my garden,

and my garden cultivates me.

 

~ Robert Brault ~

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Be it deep or shallow, red or black, sand or clay, the soil is the link between the rock core of the earth and the living things on its surface. It is the foothold for the plants we grow. Therein lies the main reason for our interest in soils.

~Roy Simonson, USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1957~

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Your mind is a garden,

your thoughts are the seeds.

The harvest can be

either flowers or weeds.

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O ye Sun and Moon, oh ye beans and roses, oh ye jigs and juleps, Bless ye the Lord, Praise Him and Magnify Him Forever. Amen.

~ Virginia Cary Hudson’s, "Gardening"

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 07, 2016

 

One of the healthiest ways to gamble

is with a spade

and a package of garden seeds.

~ Dan Bennett ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 05, 2016

 

 

A farm includes the passion of the farmer's heart, the interest of the farm's customers, the biological activity in the soil, the pleasantness of the air about the farm — it's everything touching, emanating from, and supplying that piece of landscape. A farm is virtually a living organism....

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If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. ( Henry David Th...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 31, 2016

 

 

And I beseech you, forget not to informe yourselfe as dilligently as may be, in things that belong to Gardening. ~John Evelyn

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 30, 2016

Join us in remembering the men and women

who sacrificed their freedoms for our own,

who faced danger for our safety,

and fell that we might rise.

Together, we honor them.

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I like to jot down thoughts and ideas as I tread life's garden, for then sometimes when I am weary I can turn a leaf and find what my mood was on a certain day and that changes a train of thought and brings back sunshine.

~Helen Rose Anne Milman Crofton,

My Kalendar of Country Delights,

"S...

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I believe that virtually everyone has the ability to either grow some food at home, or to find an appropriate location to start a garden. I may sound like a kook who plants my landscape with cucumbers instead of carnations, peppers instead of petunias, and fruit trees rather than ficus, but I am...

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You can live for years next door to a big pine tree, honored to have so venerable a neighbor, even when it sheds needles all over your flowers or wakes you, dropping big cones onto your deck at still of night.

~Denise Levertov

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I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. ~Henry David Thoreau

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Any fool can destroy trees... God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools.

(John Muir, “The American Forests,” August 1897)

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It has been said that trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment rooted in the ground. But they never seem so to me. I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering ...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 15, 2016

 

For in the true nature of things,

if we rightly consider,

every green tree is far more glorious

than if it were made of gold and silver.

(Martin Luther)

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Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affair as well as a tree does.

- George Bernard Shaw’s, “Maxims for Revolutionists” (1903)

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No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples,

and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches,

the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself.

~John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra~

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Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,

We fell them down and turn them into paper,

That we may record our emptiness.

 

~ Khalil Gibran ~

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Trees are the Earth's

endless effort

to speak to the listening heaven.

(Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928)

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The true meaning of life is to plant trees,

under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

~ Nelson Henderson ~

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It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation's need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature...

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Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.

~ John Muir ~

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If you would know

strength and patience,

welcome the company of trees.

~ Hal Borland ~

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 Trees outstrip most people

in the extent and depth

of their work for the public good.

~ Sara Ebenreck ~

American Forests

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 23, 2016

 

If I thought I was going to die tomorrow,

I should nevertheless plant a tree today.

~ Stephan Girard ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 21, 2016

 

Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat — glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only t...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 19, 2016

 

I think that I shall never see

 A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed

 Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day

 And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

 A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom ...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 17, 2016

 

Only when the last tree has died

and the last river's been poisoned

and the last fish's been caught

will we realize

we cannot eat money.

~ A Cree Indian Speaks ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 15, 2016

 

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?

~Alice Walker, The Color Purple, 1982

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How strange that Nature does not knock,

and yet does not intrude!

~ Emily Dickinson ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 11, 2016

 

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~ John Muir

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What humbugs we are,

who pretend to live for Beauty,

and never see the Dawn!

~ Logan Pearsall Smith ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 07, 2016

 

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.

~ Standing Bear ~

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How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!

(John Muir’s

“The Mountains of California”)

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

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I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.

~ George Washington Carver ~

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is c...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 27, 2016

 

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone,

but on trees and flowers

and clouds and stars.

(Martin Luther)

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I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which,

if we unconsciously yield to it,

will direct us aright.

(Henry David Thoreau)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 23, 2016

 

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not g...

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Forget not that the earth delights

to feel your bare feet

and the winds long to play with your hair.

(Khalil Gibran)

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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.

~Alice Walker’s, “The Color Purple” (1982)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 17, 2016

 

I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods. Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~ Wendell Berry ~

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And how should a beautiful, ignorant stream of water know it heads for an early release — out across the desert, running toward the Gulf, below sea level, to murmur its lullaby, and see the Imperial Valley rise out of burning sand with cotton blossoms, wheat, watermelons, roses, how should it ...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 13, 2016

 

i thank you god for this most amazing day

for the leaping greenly spirits of trees

and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural

which is infinite which is yes

e e  cummings

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 11, 2016

 

The poetry of the earth

is never dead.

(John Keats)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 09, 2016

 

 

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our mod...

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In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.

Charles A. Lindbergh

Life Magazine, December, 1967

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After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 03, 2016

 

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged

by the hand of man.

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 01, 2016

 

 

Never does nature say one thing

and wisdom another.

~Juvenal’s Satire ~

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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but Nature more.

 

(George Gordon, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)

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You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.

~Hal Borland's Sundial of the Seasons (1964)

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The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do. ~ Galileo Galilei

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 23, 2016

 

 

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.

~ Walt Whitman ~

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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike. This natural beauty-hunger is made manifest in the little window-sill gardens of the poor, though perhaps only a geranium slip in a broken cup, as wel...

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Some keep the Sabbath going to Church,

I keep it staying at Home—

With a bobolink for a Chorister,

And an Orchard, for a Dome.

 ~ Emily Dickinson ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 17, 2016

 

 

To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.

~ Jane Austen ~

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Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed… if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. ~ James Russell Lowell

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 13, 2016

 

Nature does not hurry,

yet everything is accomplished.

~ Lao Tzu ~

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As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens.

~ Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 09, 2016

 

 

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

This is not done by jostling in the street.

~William Blake ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 31, 2016

 

To me a lush carpet of pine needles

or spongy grass

is more welcome than

the most luxurious Persian rug.

~ Helen Keller ~

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Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?

Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

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Joy all creatures drink

At nature’s bosoms.

~ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller’s

“Ode to Joy,” (1759–1805) ~

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What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

~ William Shakespeare ~

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I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~

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I can enjoy society in a room;

but out of doors,

nature is company enough for me.

~ William Hazlitt (1778–1830) ~

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To one who has been long in city pent,

’Tis very sweet to look into the fair

And open face of heaven, — to breathe a prayer

Full in the smile of the blue firmament.

(John Keats, Sonnet XIV)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 15, 2016

 

Fieldes have eies and woods have eares. ~ John Heywood (1565)

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You must not know too much, or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water-craft; a certain free margin, and even vagueness - perhaps ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things, and of the sentiment of feather’d, wooded, river, or marine Nature general...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 11, 2016

 

In June as many as a dozen species

may burst their buds on a single day.

No man can heed all of these anniversaries;

no man can ignore all of them.

~Aldo Leopold

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A sensitive plant in a garden grew,

And the young winds fed it with silver dew,

And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,

 and closed them beneath the kisses of night.

 ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant,” 1820

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 05, 2016

 

I’ve always regarded nature as the clothing of God.

~ Alan Hovhaness

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Nature reserves the right to inflict

upon her children

the most terrifying jests.

~ Thornton Wilder ~

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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. ~William Shakespeare

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Climb up on some hill at sunrise. Everybody needs perspective once in a while, and you’ll find it there.

~ Robb Sagendorph

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 27, 2015

 

Our downfall as a species is that we are arrogant enough to think that we can control Mother Nature and stupid enough to think that it is our job.

 

~ Greg Peterson, 1997, www.urbanfarm.org

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I know the thrill of the grasses when the rain pours over them.

I know the trembling of the leaves when the winds sweep through them.

I know what the white clover felt as it held a drop of dew pressed close in its beauteousness.

I know the quivering of the fragrant petals at the touch of the poll...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 23, 2015

 

To forget how to dig the earth

and to tend the soil

is to forget ourselves.

 

~ Mahatma Gandhi ~

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 The woods were made for the hunters of dreams,

 The brooks for the fishers of song;

 To the hunters who hunt for the gunless game

 The streams and the woods belong.

 ~ Sam Walter Foss ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 17, 2015

 

 

A rhododendron bud lavender-tipped;

soon a glory of blooms to clash with the cardinals

and gladden the hummingbirds!

~ Dave Beard ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 15, 2015

 

 

What would the world be, once bereft

 

 Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,

 

 O let them be left, wildness and wet;

 

 Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.

~ Gerard Hopkins

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 13, 2015

 

My heart that was rapt away

by the wild cherry blossoms

will it return to my body

when they scatter?

 

~ Kotomichi ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 11, 2015

 

The tulip and the butterfly

 Appear in gayer coats than I:

 Let me be dressed fine as I will,

 Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.

 

 ~Isaac Watts

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Solitary converse with nature; for thence are ejaculated sweet and dreadful words never uttered in libraries. Ah! the spring days, the summer dawns, and October woods!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson's Letters and Social Aims

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Nature is my medicine.

 

(Sara Moss-Wolfe)

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Those who dwell among the beauties

and mysteries of the earth are never

alone or weary of life.

 

~Rachel Carson~

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Do you know why there are so many whitefish in the Yellowstone River?

Because the Fish and Game people have never done anything to help them.

~ Russell Chatham, Silent Seasons, 1978 ~

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I’ve always regarded nature

as the clothing of God

~ Alan Hovhaness ~

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What would the world be, once bereft

Of wet and wildness? Let them be left,

O let them be left, wildness and wet,

Long live the weeds and the wildness yet.

 

~Gerard Manley Hopkins, Inversnaid~

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That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. ~John Berger’s, “The Sense of Sight” (1980)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 27, 2015

 

Happiness flutters in the air whilst we rest among the breaths of nature.

 

~ Kelly Sheaffer ~

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He therefore slipped off everywhere, to the right and to the left; he climbed over into every vale that hid itself behind a hill; he visited the pierced shadow-projection of every row of trees; he laid himself down at the feet of a more than commonly beautiful flower, and refreshed himself with ...

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Adults are always so busy with the dull and dusty affairs of life which have nothing to do with grass, trees, and running streams.

~ The Little Grey Men by BB (Denys Watkins-Pitchford), 1942

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If you truly love Nature,

you will find beauty everywhere.

 

~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

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All I want is to stand in a field

 and to smell green,

 to taste air,

 to feel the earth want me,

 Without all this concrete

 hating me.

~Phillip Pulfre’s "Love's Abstraction and other Speculations"

 

 

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Nature is man’s teacher. She unfolds her treasures to his search, unseals his eye, illumes his mind, and purifies his heart; an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds of her existence.

 

~ Alfred Billings Street

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With innovation and technology,

seems we have forgotten to cherish

the true beauty the world has to offer.

 

(A.C. Van Cherub, 2008)

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Over our manhood bend the skies;

Against our fallen and traitor lives

The great winds utter prophecies;

With our faint hearts the mountain strives,

Its arms outstretched, the druid wood

Waits with its benedicite

And to our age’s drowsy blood

Still shouts the inspiring sea.

~ James Russ...

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Nature holds all the answers — go outside and ask some questions — open your heart and listen to the response! ~Amethyst Wyldfyre

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 09, 2015

 

Some people worry that artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower.

 

~ Alan C. Kay

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Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own Affairs than we.

 

~ Michel de Montaigne’s “Of Experience”

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Nature has with a Motherly Tenderness observed this, that the Action she has enjoyned us for our Necessity should be also pleasant to us, and invites us to them, not only by Reason, but also by Appetite: and tis Injustice to infringe her Laws.

 

~Michel de Montaigne, Of Experience

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 03, 2015

 

 

Old gardeners never die; they just run out of thyme.

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November’s days are thirty:

 November’s earth is dirty,

 Those thirty days, from first to last;

 And the prettiest things on ground are the paths....

 Few care for the mixture of earth and water,

 Twig, leaf, flint, thorn,

 Straw, feather, all that men scorn,

 Pounded up and so...

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A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.

- Michael Pollan, Second Nature, 1991

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Nature will not be admired by proxy.

(Winston Churchill)

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Nature inspires my everything. She inspires my solitude, and my writing and my art. She lifts me upon her welcoming wings and soars me through the sky of possibilities. She colors my day, brightens my soul, and calms my nights. She is fierce and beautiful, strong and delicate - an unrelenting Qu...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 25, 2015

 

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.

~ Buddha

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 23, 2015

 

The spiritual quality of earth: eternally pregnant and containing in its fertility the unwritten cipher of cosmic lore.

 

~ Frieda Harris

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Say, care-worn man,

 Whom Duty chains within the city walls,

 Amid the toiling crowd, how grateful plays

 The fresh wind o’er thy sickly brow, when free

 To tread the springy turf, — to hear the trees

 Communing with the gales, — to catch the voice

 Of waters, gushing from ...

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The great pulsation of Nature beats too in my breast, and when I carol aloud, I am answered by a thousand-fold echo. I hear a thousand nightingales. Spring hath sent them to awaken Earth from her morning slumber, and Earth trembles with ecstasy, her flowers are hymns, which she sings in insp...

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 God's handiwork is all about me,

 As I sit on the porch and gaze

 At the far-off peaks of the mountains

 That are touched with the sun's bright rays.

 

 ~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "In the Mountains" (1940s)

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       But when he had thus for some hours wandered on, with drinking eye and absorbing heart, through pearl-strings of bedewed web-work, through humming vales, over singing hills, and when the violet-blue sky peacefully joined itself to the smoking heights and to the dark woods, rising li...

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I am not a lover of lawns.. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn. ~ W.H. Hudson, The Book of a Naturalist, 1919

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A shout-out to my new friend, Tony Leduc of Canada! Thank you for contacting me on this website and for your continued efforts in pushing your ideas for creating jobs for your community and mining your landfills for their recyclables, resellables, salvageables and compostables! GAME ON!

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 11, 2015

 

The dance of the palm trees, the oceans calling, the first rays of sun and heaven is here. ~ Mike Dolan

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Innovative capitalists have tried to rewrite nature,

but to no avail.

~ Terri Guillemets, 2007

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I go to nature to be soothed and healed

and to have my senses put in order.

~ John Burroughs ~

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A shout-out to Mr. Thomas Campbell for visiting this site and contacting me with a nice note. Many thanks!

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 03, 2015

 

A setting sun still whispers

a promise for tomorrow.

(Jeb Dickerson)

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Any man that walks the mead

 In bud, or blade, or bloom, may find

 A meaning suited to his mind.

 

 ~Alfred Tennyson

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What a type of happy family is the family of the sun, with what order, with what harmony, with what blessed peace, do his children the planets move around him, shining with light which they drink in from their parent’s in at once upon him and on one another!

~Augustus William Hare & Julius C...

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Come forth into the light of things,

 Let Nature be your teacher.

 ~William Wordsworth

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Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

~Henry David Thoreau

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The attraction of variety, contrast, is always invigorating.

Nature does not for long allow a sameness of beauty to prevail.

~ Virginia Garland, "The Rain," February 1908

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How many stanzas in the springtime breeze?

 How plenty the raindrops? As He doth please.

 There is no meter and there is no rhyme,

 Yet God’s poems always read in perfect time.

 

 ~Terri Guillemets

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The natural alone is permanent. Fantastic idols may be worshipped for a while; but at length they are overturned by the continual and silent progress of Truth, as the grim statues of Copan have been pushed from their pedestals by the growth of forest-trees, whose seeds were sown by the wind in t...

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Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.

~ George Washington Carver

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 15, 2015

 

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. ~ John Lubbock

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 13, 2015

 

There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story. ~ Linda Hogan

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 ...but when

 The Spirit speaks,—or beauty from the sky

 Descends into my being,—when I hear

 The storm-hymns of the mighty ocean roll,

 Or thunder sound,—the champion of the storm!—

Then I feel envy for immortal words,

 The rush of living thought; oh! then I long

 To dash ...

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Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence leaves its impress upon the soul of man.

~ Orison Swett Marden

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 07, 2015

 

Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill,

Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.

~Rupert Brooke

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Nature is sanative, refining, elevating. How cunningly she hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses, and violets, and morning dew! Every inch of the mountains is scarred by unimaginable convulsions, yet the new day is purple with the bloom of youth and love. ~ Ralph Waldo E...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 03, 2015

the world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful  ~ e e cummings

 

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I walked barefoot — the only way to walk on a muddy road.

(Laurie Gough, “Light on a Moonless Night”)

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A wise man can do no better than to turn from the churches and look up through the airy majesty of the wayside trees with exultation, with resignation, at the unconquerable unimplicated sun.

~ Llewelyn Powys, The Pathetic Fallacy

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 29, 2015

 

Thro’ this Air, this Ocean, and this Earth,

 All Nature quick, and bursting into birth.

 Above, how high progressive life may go?

 Around how wide? how deep extend below?

 Vast Chain of Being! which from God began,

 Ethereal Essence, Spirit, Substance, Man,

 Beast, Bird, Fish, Inse...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 27, 2015

 

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

~ Eleonora Duse

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It is surprising, in the midst of our Museums and Scientific Schools, how little we yet know of the common things around us. It is no wonder that there is so little substantial enjoyment of Nature in the community, when we feed children on grammars and dictionaries only, and take no pains to tra...

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Rain is my favorite color

       Autumn's breath is too

       Sunshine on the water

       A sunset breeze's hue

The taste of freedom excites me

       And the smell of love brand new

       I touch your soul and feel its silk

       Hear the silence a...

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Nature, in her blind search for life, has filled every possible cranny of the earth with some sort of fantastic creature.

~ Joseph Wood Krutch

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Nature's beautiful dancers ~ flowers, water, leavesDancing to the music of God's sweet breeze.

~Terri Guillemets

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God is an artist of Nature;

       He paints in colors, so rare,

       The bursting bud in the Springtime,

       The lovely trees everywhere:

 Autumn leaves so very gorgeous,

       In colors of every hue,

       The fleecy clouds, so pure and white,

  ..

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And in the development of these mountains, Nature chose for a tool, not the earthquake or lightning to rend and split asunder, not the stormy torrent or eroding rain, but the tender snow-flowers noiselessly falling through unnumbered centuries, the offspring of the sun and sea. Laboring harmonio...

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Each sunshine-moment twinkles by

 A white-winged, wandering butterfly,

 Through sky half golden and half blue,

 With white-rose cloudlets rippling through.

 A world of flowers is at our feet;

 The soft wind's gladsome, warm, and sweet...

 ~W.T., "Honeymoon Cottage"

Chambers's Journ...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 11, 2015

 

May your search through Nature lead you to yourself.

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Im terribly sorry, but nature is not always family friendly.

~ Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game)

written by Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka, and Toshihiro Kawabata

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Nature, as we know her, is no saint. She comes eating and drinking and sinning.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Experience

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Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

~ Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, 1620

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Cherry summer cloud happy heart blossoms overgrowing my sunlit soul bursting into nature's freedom! ~ (Terri Guillemets)

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All the ugliness of the world can best be forgotten in the beauty of nature!

~ Mehmet Muratildan

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The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom.

~ Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 29, 2015

 

The birds that wake the morning, and those that love the shade;

 The winds that sweep the mountain or lull the drowsy glade;

 The Sun that from his amber bower rejoiceth on his way,

 The Moon and Stars, their Master's name in silent pomp display.

~ Reginald Heber (1783–1826)

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There is not a creature unacquainted with gratification, in some shape or another. All derive it from the circumstances amid which they exist, which fact quietly suggests to us that the purest and most lasting pleasures are to be found at our very feet, that they are not necessarily the fruit of...

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Nothing that is can pause or stay;

The moon will wax, the moon will wane,

The mist and cloud will turn to rain,

The rain to mist and cloud again,

Tomorrow be today.

(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

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Nature cannot be tricked or cheated. She will give up to you the object of your struggles only after you have paid her price. ~ Napoleon Hill

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I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds and bowers,

Of April, May, of June, and July-flowers...

~ Robert Herrick ~

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jul 19, 2015

 

In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me. ~ John Fowles

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Sunshine has no budget,

the sea no red tape.

~ Terri Guillemets ~

 

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He ran, he stopped. He dipped his glowing face into the cloud of blossoming bushes, and would fain lose himself in the humming world between the leaves; he pressed the scratched face into the deep, cooling grass, and hung delirious on the breast of the immortal mother of Spring.

 

~ Jean Pau...

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I’ve made an odd discovery.

Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility.

Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.

~ Bertrand Russell

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And after half a mile’s ride through a beautiful grove, they emerged into a little clearing, which seemed to Bessie’s astonished eyes like a patch of beauty dropped from heaven. In the centre stood a small log house, so overrun with clinging vines that it seemed at first but a green and flow...

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Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man.

(George Wherry, Alpine Notes and the Climbing Foot, 1896)

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Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;

so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

(Henry David Thoreaus Journal, 1856 January 5th)

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I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.

~ W.H. Hudson, The Book of a Naturalist, 1919

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Mother Nature is the ultimate truth of the show must go on.

(Terri Guillemets)

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The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven. ~ William Channing

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 29, 2015

 

Once you have heard the lark, known the swish of feet through hill-top grass and smelt the earth made ready for the seed, you are never again going to be fully happy about the cities and towns that man carries like a crippling weight upon his back. ~ Gwyn Thomas

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If one way be better than another,

that you may be sure is Nature’s way.

(Aristotle)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 25, 2015

 

A wee child toddling in a wonder world.... I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I ...

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One impulse from a vernal wood

 May teach you more of man,

 Of moral evil and of good,

 Than all the sages can.

 (William Wordsworth, “The Tables Turned,” 1798)

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You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters. ~ St. Bernard

 

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And this our life, exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.

~William Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jun 17, 2015

 

Nature teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral. - John Burroughs

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Nature is the art of God. ~ Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635

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The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body;

the sound of running water is his great speech.

(Dogen)

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The moon quotes the sun,

the rivers quote the trees,

and trees quote the breeze.

(Terri Guillemets)

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Earths crammed with heaven,

And every common bush afire with God.

~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~

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Nature never goes out of style.

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There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.

- Thomas Jefferson -

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Maybe nature is fundamentally ugly, chaotic and complicated.

But if it’s like that, then I want out.

(Steven Weinberg)

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The trees do not license themselves to the countryside. The bees don't invoice the flowers. There is no committee of oceans, and I've never seen a bird take out nest owner's insurance. ~ Terri Guillemets

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To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life. - Jo...

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There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.

We are all crew.

(Marshall McLuhan, 1964)

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Thank God men cannot fly,

and lay waste the sky as well as the Earth.

(Henry David Thoreau)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 25, 2015

 

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. - Robert Orben

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 23, 2015

 

Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

(Arthur Ashe)

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I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior.

(Darryl Cherney, Smithsonian, April 1990)

 

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Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,

and then names the streets after them.

(Bill Vaughn, The Portable Curmudgeon, 1987)

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For 200 years we've been conquering Nature.  Now we're beating it to death. - Tom McMillan, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

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I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir, 1913, The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

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A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist. If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. His fairness. His very existence.

But ...

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Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.

- Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963

 

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. - John Muir

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Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away. Stephanie Mills, In Praise of Nature, 1990

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Humanity is on the march,

Earth itself is left behind.

(David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism, 1978)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on May 03, 2015

 

Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.

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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not man the less, but Nature more.

(George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage)

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And this, our life, exempt from public haunt,

finds tongues in trees,

books in the running brooks,

sermons in stones,

and good in everything.

(William Shakespeare)

 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 27, 2015

 

When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded.

Pat Brown, quoted in David Ogilvy, Ogilvy on Advertising, 1985

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I'm not an environmentalist.

I'm an Earth warrior.

(Darryl Cherney, Smithsonian, April 1990)

 

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 23, 2015

 

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.

Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.

Otherwise what is there to defend?

*Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985*

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After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world. (Pam Shaw) 

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors;

we borrow it from our children.

- Native American Proverb

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There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.

We are all crew.

(Marshall McLuhan, 1964)

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In America today you can murder land for private profit.

You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.

- Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness, 1971

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Newspapers:  dead trees with information smeared on them.

~Horizon, "Electronic Frontier"

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They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.

(James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982)

 

 

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Modern technology

Owes ecology

An apology.

 

(Alan M. Eddison)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 07, 2015

 

Only when the last tree has died

and the last river has been poisoned

and the last fish has been caught

will we realize

that we cannot eat money.

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You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.

 

(Hal Borland, Sundial of the Seasons, 1964)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Apr 03, 2015

 

Don't blow it - good planets are hard to find. - Quoted in Time

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Because we don't think about future generations,

they will never forget us.

(Henrik Tikkanen)

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Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.

(William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990)

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Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible

- or even sinful -

that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!

(Paul MacCready, Jr.)

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There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. - Brooke Medicine Eagle

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I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago. - Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 23, 2015

 

The use of solar energy has not been opened up

because the oil industry does not own the sun.

(Ralph Nader)

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We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. - Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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The Earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. - Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

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The packaging for a microwavable "microwave" dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries. - David Wann, Buzzworm, November 1990

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So bleak is the picture... that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century. - Philip Shabecoff, New York Times Magazine, 4 June 1978

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Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.

(John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957)

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The problem is no longer that with every pair of hands that comes into the world there comes a hungry stomach. Rather it is that, attached to those hands are sharp elbows. -Paul A. Samuelson, Newsweek, 12 June 1967

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 09, 2015

 

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, and then names the streets after them. - Bill Vaughn

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Mar 07, 2015

 

For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. 

Now we're beating it to death.

- Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca  Lyman,, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

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If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.

(Jacques Barzun, The House of Intellect, 1959)

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The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages.

- Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, États et empires de la lune, 1656

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Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work.

(Pliny the Elder, The Natural History)

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Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,

For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.

America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,

And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.

George Carlin

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 25, 2015

 

A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist.  If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally.  Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power.  His fairness.  His very existence...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 23, 2015

 

Till now man has been up against Nature;

from now on he will be up against his own nature.

Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1964

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When you defile the pleasant streams

And the wild bird's abiding place,

You massacre a million dreams

And cast your spittle in God's face.

(John Drinkwater)

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When a man says to me,

"I have the intensest love of nature,"

at once I know that he has none.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1857)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 17, 2015

 

I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn. - Author Unknown

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 15, 2015

 

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.

(David Orr)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 13, 2015

 

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

(Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732)

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We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

(Sir Francis Bacon)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 09, 2015

 

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.

- Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion & Other Essays

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We are living too fast—yea, we are consuming the blessings given us, at a rate that may leave future generations to sit out in the cold and freeze to death.

- W. A. Pryal

"Lumber for Hives: Some Interesting Data on the Way Lumber is being Cut and Exported from this Country; the Giant Trees;...

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How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?

- Charles A. Lindbergh, ...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 03, 2015

 

All in favor of conserving gasoline,

please raise your right foot.

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Feb 01, 2015

 

Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.

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Action is eloquence. - William Shakespeare

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Waste not the smallest thing created,

for grains of sand make mountains,

and atomies infinity.

(E. Knight)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 27, 2015

 

Civilization... wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere. ~ Richard Bach

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 25, 2015

 

Understanding the laws of nature

does not mean that we are

immune to their operations.

(David Gerrold)

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I think you have to start out looking at the big picture.

The big picture is that we live on a finite planet with a limited capacity to sustain life.

- Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day, Earth Day, 1970

- From “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” (2012)

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If we do not save the environment then whatever we do in civil rights or the war against poverty will have no meaning because then we will have the equality of extinction.

- James Farms, Civil Rights Activist, Earth Day, 1970

- From “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” (...

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In 1970, 20,000,000 people came out for the first Earth Day still the largest demonstration on record.

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The industrial lobbyists said, Look, these old factories, were going to them shut down in a few years. It doesnt make sense to make them clean up. Make the new stuff be clean, and let us just retire the old stuff. The environmental community didnt really want to take that deal, but we took it. And what happened is, they didnt build new factories, and they didnt clean up the old ones either, they just kept operating the old ones dirty. My generation of environmentalist made a fundamental strategic error.

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Earth pollution is mind pollution.

 

(Allen Ginsberg, Poet, Earth Day, 1970)

From “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” (2012)

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The environmental movement is about nature versus humanity. It arose at a time when our industrial civilization has grown so powerful it threatens the world natural world on which we depend for survival. It has become a battle for a living planet.

- From "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a ...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Jan 11, 2015

 

The Mississippi River carries an estimated 1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen pollution into the Gulf of Mexico each year, creating a "dead zone" in the Gulf each summer about the size of New Jersey.

- Provided by RandomHistory.com

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Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.

He will end by destroying the earth.

(Albert Schweitzer)

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Tim Lineham of Ricardo AEA started off the event, stating that by 2050, humankind is going to require 300% more resources than it does now.

Tim concluded that from a circular economy point of view, a landfill is just a temporary storage area for future resources.

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Reinhard Goschl of IUT GmbH then spoke about business models for landfill mining. Landfill mining is typically undertaken for environmental reasons, for commercial reasons for example to create new space for infrastructure projects, to create new volume for existing landfill and finally to produce recycled resources out of the content of the landfill.

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Brett DeVries of the University of Texas spoke about site investigation techniques for landfill mining. Brett suggested that to supply the needs of each American requires the mining of around 10 tonnes of new non-fuel minerals each year.

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Greg FitzGerald of Terra Recovery next spoke about landfill site remote sensing. Greg suggested that there is 2bn tonnes of untouched waste in landfills in the UK, that there are around 300,000 landfill sites in Europe and another 1.8bn tonnes of new waste which is landfilled each year around the world.

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Peter Elliott, who is the technical lead on landfills for the Environment Agency (EA), spoke about the process that a prospective landfill miner would have to go through before starting a project in England.

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Gintaras Denefas from the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania next spoke about some of the challenges facing landfill mining in his country.

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Tom Behets of OVAM, the Flemish public waste agency, spoke about the government agency's approach to landfill mining. Flanders, in the northern part of Belgium, is highly industrialised and is densely populated. Seven criteria were used to determine the attractiveness of a landfill site for mining: the type, period of landfilling, volume, current land use, distance from roads, waterways or railways, proximity of other landfills and the need to remediate the land.

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Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat - glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only...

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Adelbert Regeling of Keith Walking Floor Europe finished the first day with a presentation on the use of walking floor trailer technology for the transport and unloading of various abrasive materials from landfill mining.

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Claus Warming of Metso Denmark spoke about his company's technology for shredding the difficult waste materials that are derived from landfill mining.

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Travis Benn of Accounting for Energy Ltd gave the final presentation at the conference, on revenue audits for landfill mining projects.

Travis acts on behalf of landfill operators, to try to maximise the amount of revenue that is derived from renewable energy projects.

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Delegates had the opportunity to visit the Thurrock Thameside Nature Park at Mucking, which is a 30m-deep landfill that has been capped and rehabilitated and which is now a popular nature reserve, bird-watching and ship-watching spot on the muddy north bank of the Thames Estuary.

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After the presentations, delegates were involved in a wide-ranging discussion on whether landfill mining is likely to be a growing trend or if it is forever destined to be a niche activity. As had become clear through the conference, the technical issues with landfill mining have been solved.

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 15, 2014

 

Man is a blind, witless, low brow,

anthropocentric clod

that inflicts lesions upon the earth.

- Ian McHarg

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 13, 2014

 

Nature's laws affirm instead of prohibit.

If you violate her laws

you are your own prosecuting attorney,

judge, jury, and hangman.

- Luther Burbank

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Dec 11, 2014

 

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.

The activist is the man who cleans up the river.

- Ross Perot

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Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. - Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, July 1972

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I am trying to get the idea of mining our landfills for their recyclables into the American mindset. A documentary would be wonderful, but Im trying all angles, so now a game. Electronic, as opposed to board. Im working on a treatment now. Ill push it all next year. So many angles, som...

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We have to walk in a way

that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth.

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

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Remember when atmospheric contaminants

were romantically called stardust?

- Lane Olinghouse

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The magnificence of mountains,

the serenity of nature

- nothing is safe from

the idiot marks of man's passing.

- Loudon Wainwright

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Every day is Earth Day.

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It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water - and moderns may at least see what their ancestors knew in their nerves an...

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For a successful technology,

reality must take precedence over public relations,

for Nature cannot be fooled.

(Physicist Richard P. Feynman)

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 25, 2014

 

Humankind has not woven the web of life.

We are but one thread within it.

Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. 

All things are bound together. 

All things connect.

- Chief Seattle, 1855

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Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 21, 2014

 

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. One fancies a heart like our own must be beating in every crystal and cell, and we feel like stopping to speak to the plants and animals as friendly fellow-mountaineers. Nature as a poet, an enthus...

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Take nothing but pictures.

 Leave nothing but footprints.

 Kill nothing but time.

 ~Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

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You forget that the fruits belong to all

and that the land belongs to no one.

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Discours sur l'origine et les fondements

de l'inégalité parmi les hommes, 1755

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The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. - Chief Luther Standing Bear

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 13, 2014

 

During a recent landfill dig in Phoenix, I found newspapers dating from 1952 that looked so fresh you might read one over breakfast. - William Rathje, The Economist, 8 September 1990

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 11, 2014

Man maketh a death

which Nature never made.

- Edward Young

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 09, 2014

 

The universe is not required

to be in perfect harmony

with human ambition.

- Carl Sagan

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 07, 2014

 

God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains. 

If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.

- Mahatma Gandhi

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I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family

of which many are dead,

few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn.

- A Chieftain from Nigeria

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Nov 03, 2014

 

Our environmental problems originate

in the hubris of imagining ourselves

as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. 

We're not the brain; we are a cancer on nature.

- Dave Foreman, Harper's, April 1990

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I don't agree with you in saying that in all human minds there is poetry. Man as he came from the hand of his Maker was poetic in both mind and body, but the gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.

 

John Muir

Letter to John B....

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 31, 2014

 

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

- Henry David Thoreau, "Chesuncook," The Maine Woods, 1848

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Waste is a tax on the whole people.  ~Albert W. Atwood

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Man is a complex being:  he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.

- Gil Stern

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 25, 2014

 

 

The American reading his Sunday paper in a state of lazy collapse is perhaps the most perfect symbol of the triumph of quantity over quality...Whole forests are being ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality. - Irving Babbitt

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 23, 2014

 

Nature always strikes back. 

It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place.

- Rene Dubos, Medical Utopias, 1961

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Time and space –

time to be alone, space to move about –

these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow.

- Edwin Way Teale, Autumn Across America, 1956

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 19, 2014

 

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977

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Every creature is better alive than dead,

men and moose and pine trees,

and he who understands it aright

will rather preserve its life than destroy it. 

~Henry David Thoreau, "Chesuncook," The Maine Woods, 1848

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 15, 2014

 

It is a curious situation that the sea,

from which life first arose,

should now be threatened by the activities

of one form of that life.

- Rachel Carson

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Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history.  Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day. 

~ Stephen Jay Gou...

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 11, 2014

 

Ironically, rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher [quality of life] not because of what it has, but rather because of what it does not have!

Don A. Dillman

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

January 1977

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Humanity is on the march, Earth itself is left behind.  David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism, 1978

 

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In its broadest ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment.  ~ Richard Wilkinson

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 05, 2014

 

Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back. - Rene Dubos, Mirage of Health, 1959

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 03, 2014

 

Somebody's got to do something,

and it's a damned shame that it has to be us!

– Jerry Garcia

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Oct 01, 2014

 

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,

For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.

America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,

And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.

~George Carlin

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I know that this month I’ve offered random facts about toxic water, and I know that this website is about mining our landfills for their recyclables. But there is a connection. Don’t you see it? It has to be "And" not "Or". You can’t fix our water, OR our air, OR our landscape because they...

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Impure or contaminated water is the leading cause of epidemics in developing countries.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Contaminants in tap water, such as lead, can increase the risk of learning disorders.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans annually take 40 trillion gallons of water from the ground, and the rate of use is increasing 25% per decade. Scientists argue that ground water is being polluted and used at a rate that far outstrips nature’s ability to cope.

So...

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In Bellevue, Ohio, public and private wastes were dumped into sinkholes and wells beginning in 1872. Over 120 years later, those wastes still show up in drinking water. In some wells, raw sewage from that era, including un-decomposed toilet tissue, can still be found.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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The tap water of at least 41 million Americans has been found to contain a wide range of pharmaceuticals, including sex hormones and anti-seizure medicine.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Efforts to tighten drinking water standards that would regulate and restrict common drinking water contaminants such as perchlorate (a rocket fuel additive), trichloroethylene (a degreaser used in manufacturing), and perchloroethylene (a cleaning solvent) have been blocked by industrial and mili...

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I invited the US Environmental Protection Agency, who was mentioned favorably in my Proposal, to an on-camera interview for the documentary, but got this response:

Hello Julie,

 

Upon reading the full proposal, there doesn’t seem to be a role for EPA in the project.  If you need addition...

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More than 62 million Americans since 2004 have been exposed to substandard tap water. This exposure has lasted for years for some people.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Toxins in tap water can accumulate in the body for years, increasing the risk for developing cancer and all types of diseases.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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An average water molecule will spend 9 days in the atmosphere, 2 weeks in a river, 10 years in a large lake, 3,000 to 5,000 years in an ocean, 10,000-100,000+ years underground, and 10,000 to 1,000,000+ years in an Antarctic ice cap.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Globally, 15 million children under the age of five die each year because of diseases caused by drinking water.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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For 1.1.billion people around the world, clean water in unobtainable. Almost half of the world’s population does not have proper water treatment.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Americans make up an estimated 5% of the world’s population. However, the U.S. produces an estimated 30% of the world’s waste and uses 25% of the world’s resources.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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The average office employee throws away 360 pounds of recyclable paper each year.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Sep 01, 2014

 

The amount of plastic waste has been increasing about 10% each year for the past 20 years.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 31, 2014

 

If all the tires Americans throw away each year were stacked on top of each other, the pile would reach 32,000 miles high—a greater distance than the circumference of the earth at the equator (24,901 miles).

Source: RandomHistory.com

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The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the U.S. generates over 256 million tons of officially classified hazardous waste annually. This does not include toxic and hazardous waste that are not regulated or monitored by the EPA.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Between 1950 and 1975, approximately 5 billion metric tons of highly poisonous chemicals were improperly disposed of in the U.S.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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It will cost between $370 billion and $1.7 trillion to clean up hazardous waste in the U.S.

The EPA states there are at least 36,000 seriously contaminated sites in the U.S.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 23, 2014

 

Every year, the United States creates 11 billion tons of solid waste.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Scientists report that the severely outdated Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) cannot adequately prevent Americans from being exposed to serious health dangers in their drinking water.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 19, 2014

 

Over 51 billion pieces of litter are thrown onto the roads in the United States annually.

Litter cleanup costs an estimated $11.5 billion in the U.S. each year.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 17, 2014

 

People who litter are more likely to be men between 18-34 years old, smokers, people who eat at fast food places at least two times per week, and drive more than 50 miles a day.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 15, 2014

 

Antarctica is the cleanest place on Earth and is protected by strong antipollution laws.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 13, 2014

 

Noise pollution can cause stress-related illness, hearing loss, sleep disruption, lost productivity, and high blood pressure. The EPA estimates that millions of people in the U.S. adversely suffer from noise pollution.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 11, 2014

 

Los Angeles International Airport emits approximately 19,000 tons of carbon dioxide—a month. The roughly 33,000 planes that fly in and out of the airport each month release about 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

-Stephen Jay Gould, "Ou...

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Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.

- David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism, 1978

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Posted by Julie McCulloch Burton on Aug 05, 2014

 

The American reading his Sunday paper in a state of lazy collapse is perhaps the most perfect symbol of the triumph of quantity over quality.

Whole forests are being ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality. - Irving Babbitt

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It is more likely that Americans will recycle than vote.

 

Source: RandomHistory.com

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Today, I sent my proposal to US News & World Report, Forbes, and USA Today with the hope that they will want the reporter I cited in my proposal to interview, on camera, about their article.

I also hope to interview someone from the EPA and MIT, although there wasnt a human source for the p...

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A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.