The Environment

Nature

One Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin

 Let’s go where we can be untied and united...that place is nature for me.  And it seems this is true for many of us...as William Shakespeare said, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”  Mark Tercek, the President of the Nature Conservancy, points out “In the 2016 elections in the United States, voters… Read More

What Gorgeous Thing

Upon hearing the sweet birdsong of spring this morning on my walk I am inspired to share this Mary Oliver poem with you: I do not know what gorgeous thing the bluebird keep saying, his voice easing out of his throat, beak, body into the pink air of early morning. I like it whatever it… Read More

Animal and Insect Helpers

In Balinese culture there is awareness that the Divine speaks to us humans through symbols.  Symbolically the Divine may communicate to us through the animal and insect kingdoms.  This is recognized not only in Bali, but also in many indigenous and native cultures.  In Bali monkeys are highly honored for their playfulness, community, and curiosity. … Read More

TO GMO or NOT?

Chief Seattle says it like this: “This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” - IreneCarr.com

I had an interesting encounter recently. Without any prior discussion about GMOs , short for genetically modified organisms, a relative handed me three publications in support of GMOs. She just said, “I thought you should know.” I literally had just finished reading the following paragraph from Martin Prechtel’s An Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic: “I want… Read More

Are you like me? Do you believe that EPA has your back? I believed that if a chemical came to market that there had been at least some testing to determine that it is safe for people and the environment. Well, let me say, I am completely wrong. - irenecarr.com

Are you like me?  Do you believe that EPA has your back?  I believed that if a chemical came to market that there had been at least some testing to determine that it is safe for people and the environment.  Well, let me say, I am completely wrong. Out of more than 80,000 chemicals in… Read More