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Amulets and Things

Good Evening Readers, In many ways I wish I could address each of you by name since these are more personal posts, but since that is not, at the moment, possible, I will affectionately call you “readers”. I guess by definition you could call me “writer”. How about we call or at least refer to each other as friend. Thus: Dear Friends, Those of you who have chosen to embrace these posts on a regular basis, I thank you. This week, with your indulgence, most…

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Lee Rolland Smith

Some thoughts tonight on an extraordinary person. I’m going to get personal and if you have a problem relating to death and dying you might not want to embrace this or other posts this week. I am going to talk about a personal sadness not because I choose to share personal grief, but because my son who died nine years ago this week was a great teacher and some of the things he taught by being the evidence of them, may be of value to…

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Thoreau’s Lament

My last few posts were to tell you about my experience attending the Children and Nature Network’s annual conference at the Lied Conference Center at the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska. It was a productive, positive, and to keep the alliteration going, a profound two plus days. I have reported on and written about and mused about our human connection to what we call nature for many years, but I have seldom witnessed a collection of folks who not only demonstrate their commitment…

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Nebraska Dawn

I’m in Nebraska at the Lied Lodge conference center of the Arbor Day Farm. I rose early and took a solitary stroll onto their abundant trails. I wandered over wooden bridges, across a gentle creek and into a sentient forest full of woodchip paths and life. Whenever I break my usual daily routine – poetic inspiration is often the result. Before the dawn, below the light There is a time, that still is night.A morning dark festooned with song In arias from flying throng.A choral…

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