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The Lost Words

by Robert Macfarlane

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary ― widely used in schools around the world ― was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acornadderbluebelldandelionfernheronkingfishernewtotter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachmentblogbroadbandbullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions ― the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual ― became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.


December 22, 2020 at 12:23 am Leave a comment

The derbé of Cogne

Winter legends for an Italian 2020

Legends say that in the area between Crétaz and the Valtoney woods, in Valle d’Aosta, not all fir trees are the same. Majestic and beautiful, they all are, but there was one that…was able to walk around and follow passersby. Nighttime travelers used to talk about a derbé — a leafy fir tree, in dialect — born without roots and able to go after them in the woods. The derbé didn’t want to harm anyone: actually, it wanted to protect travelers who seemed to fear the dark and the cold of winter nights the most. Apparently, it also had a penchant for gossip, and liked to listen to people’s conversations a lot.

It would follow wanderers all the way to the village of Cogne, a bit protective and a bit nosy, just like an old friend. But not everyone appreciated its presence. One night, a particularly upset man, tired of having the old derbé around, picked up his rifle and shot at it in the dark, hurting its centuries-old trunk: sore and humiliated, the derbé retreated into darkness and was never seen again. The people of Cogne remember it every year at Christmas when they decorate a large fir tree in the village’s main square. And, I bet, every time they take a winter walk in the woods and a snow covered derbé seems to look at them benevolently.

December 20, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

California Friendly Plants

November 27, 2020 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Plant Geometry

October 16, 2020 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Anubis: Jackal in a God’s Clothing


August 1, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Story of Flowers

Azuma Makoto, Katie Scott, James Paulley
The animation was developed for kids to show the life cycle of flowers.

Many different flowers are growing beautifully and strongly in this world. Taking their roots in the earth, sprouting, blooming, pollination by birds and insects, living on in spite of rain, wind and storms.
They pass on the baton of life, rebirth and decay.
Everything is so in a continuous, endless cycle. This is the story and message of this animation.


May 30, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Happy Iris Day!

Happy Iris Day! Postcard

Happy Iris Day! Postcard

by aWorld2Celebrate


May 8, 2020 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

Absent Place — an April Day —

by Emily Dickinson

Absent Place — an April Day —
Daffodils a-blow
Homesick curiosity
To the Souls that snow —

Drift may block within it
Deeper than without —
Daffodil delight but
Him it duplicate —

April 26, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment


by Shel Silverstein

Underneath the poet tree
Come and rest awhile with me
And watch the way the word web weaves
Between the shady story leaves.

The branches of the poet tree
Reach from the mountains to the sea.
So come and sit . . . and dream . . . and climb—
Just don’t get hit by falling rhymes.


April 24, 2020 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The best time to plant a tree?

Twenty years ago.
The second best time?


April 22, 2020 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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