October 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Aldo Leopold, patriarch of the modern environmental movement, began his classic book (A Sand County Almanac) stating: “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.” In The Soul Unearthed Cass Adams presents a collection of inspiring testimonials from more than seventy modern writers who share Leopold’s sentiments.
There are so many well-written essays in The Soul Unearthed it is difficult to select just a few to include in a one-page review. And, of course, other readers will take different pieces to heart. What follows here are descriptions of some articles that “spoke” to this reviewer.
Those who have an aversion to organized religion will find a wide range of topics relating nature-based spirituality, deep ecology and the “emerging field of ecopsychology.” Adams has arranged the book around eight categories-Spirit of Place; Quests and Rituals of Renewal; Men, Women, and Wildness; Animal Encounters; Teaching in the Wild; In Mourning, Defense, and Celebration of the Earth; Extra-Ordinary Wilderness; and Wilderness Ethics: An Emerging Perspective. Authors include famous individuals like Gary Snyder, Wendell Berry, Anne LaBastille, Matthew Fox, David Oates, Terry Tempest Williams, Roderick Nash, and others. It seems safe to call The Soul Unearthed an eclectic collection sure to provide something of interest to most any reader interested in the human/nature relationship.
Perhaps the highest compliment this reviewer can pay to The Soul Unearthed is to dare suggest that Aldo Leopold would approve of what Cass has assembled. Leopold’s greatest dream was that a critical mass of humans would come to embrace a “land ethic” and treat land with the same respect and dignity as espoused for people in documents like the Bill of Rights. He fretted, however, because in his day he saw no evidence that philosophy and religion had considered matters regarding ethical treatment of the land. He would rate The Soul Unearthed “two thumbs up, way up!”
—Charles Yaple, Taproot, Spring/Summer 2006
October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
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October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
A solar outburst over the weekend delivered lovely aurorae Monday, setting the night sky aglow over mid-latitude regions rarely treated to such sights.
Plasma that erupted from the sun Saturday in a burst called a coronal mass ejection reached Earth Monday and delivered charged particles into the upper atmosphere. Those charged particles can excite atoms in the ionosphere, which emit light as they return to their unexcited state. The resulting aurorae (aka the aurora borealis) could be seen in parts of more than half the 50 states, according to Spaceweather.com, where users reported sightings in distinctly non-Arctic locales such as Alabama, Virginia and Kansas.
Thanks to the efforts of amateur skywatchers, those of us who missed these aurorae can still share in their beauty.
October 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
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October 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
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October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
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October 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt