March 2022 New & Updates

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Hello Nature-Led friends!

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere and I’m sorry dear, but I can’t keep my love inside!

The chickadees and I are hatching big plans! The robins are looking at us suspiciously. I’m not sure they’re on board, nor are they amused. Another round of worms! One chickadee I’ve named “Kamikaze” (or “Kam” for short) because it doesn’t mind me swinging my hand tools about as it swoops in to grab whatever tasty grub I’ve exposed. This bold little flier likes to perch as close to me as possible. I think if I held still long enough, I would probably become the perch!

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I’ll try to post pictures in the coming months. I want to keep this site active and interesting. I just won’t have a lot of time for essay-length blog posts until the rainy season comes back in late September.

In other news, I am working on a “The Nature-Led Life” book. I’m also in the process of developing a community-based Nature Consultancy business if I can’t find or create a position within one of a handful of existing organizations in which I support. As you can imagine this takes a lot of time and effort.


A win for Disaster Preparedness?

A small group of citizens, including myself have finally convinced our City to create a City-sponsored Citizen Corps for response to emergencies and disasters. It only took eight years! Of course, they want us all to volunteer (work for free) to start and manage the program. Unfortunately, the timing is suspicious and a rather low blow. They voted to dissolve our fire department and now we have to rely on a multi-city agency for fire and emergency services. I have the most training and experience in Disaster Management of our group, but such a program can’t be managed for free. Would you put in a 60-hour work week on a variable schedule including evenings and weekends with the possibility of accidental bodily harm for free? No, likely not. Passion isn’t going to pay bills or feed kids. We’re trying to negotiate with the City for at least one paid position as a Program Manager or Coordinator to be created. It doesn’t have to be me that fills the position. I’m happy to help, but boundaries will be set when you expect us to work for free.

Adaptation & Transition: Climate Change Is Here

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change, that lives within the means available and works co-operatively against common threats.

Charles Darwin

A common theme among Science Fiction novels and the apocalypse genre in general is that few people can rarely survive alone for any great length of time. I plan to expand on this notion in a future post citing some of my favorite novels and how they provide the “burden of proof” in a future blog post. The settings may be fictional and fantastical, but often times, the behaviors of those that walk within the worlds are not.

For decades we have talked about how human-driven climate change was speeding up global warming. That future is here now. I’m tired of seeing articles claiming this or that event is “unprecedented.” It’s time to adapt to radical shifts. You can do it. I believe in you. Anyone can be an agent for positive or negative change in our societies. I’m asking you to fire up your neurons and muscles to be a catalyst. You don’t need permission. We must break out of bystander shock. We, myself included, have been waiting for someone else to be in charge and take the lead because there are so many climate issues. It’s time to pick one and get to work. We can’t wait for “experts” in any given sector to make the changes we need done now. It will take all of us. What legacy do you want to leave behind?

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Somebody should do something.

You should do something.

You are not too old. –  The entrepreneurs over 70 taking the business world by storm | Winning new business | The Guardian

You are not too young. – 6-year-old makes history as Georgia’s youngest farmer – ABC News (go.com)

You are capable of great things. – 12 Disabled Scientists Who Made the World a Better Place | Mental Floss

What you do now matters.Why your ‘personal infrastructure’ decisions actually do affect the cl (fastcompany.com)


This post was originally supposed to be an exciting review about a book I bought called:

Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos By Jem Bendell & Rupert Read

I tried to plow through it until the end, but eventually gave up. It’s dense reading with a lot of footnotes. When you write a book you have to know who your audience is. I wish the Authors had focused on whether they were writing for a General Audience or people already in the field of Climate Science., otherwise you risk alienating one and offending the other. They would have greatly benefitted by hiring an outside Editor improve the format, organizational structure and style. A good book engages readers. It’s about more than proper spelling and grammar. They clearly have expertise in their field of study, but I don’t have time or patience to be lectured by a book.

The Premise – A Snapshot

We can agree that climate change is already here and that global societies need to stop arguing about its existence and severity and start planning to transition into more adaptive societies. I like the framework of the 4R’s on page 73. That Deep Adaptation requires:

Resilience – “How do we keep what we really want to keep?”

Relinquishment – “What do we need to let go of in order to not make matters worse?”

Restoration – “What can we bring back to help us with the coming difficulties and tragedies?”

Reconciliation – “With what and with whom can we make peace as we face our shared mortality?”

Part of what made this book so hard for me to read is that I couldn’t get in the right headspace for it. I’m preparing to jump into action mode. I’ve been researching climate-related issues since 1997. It’s only recently that I’ve asked myself, when is enough researching, enough? Am I going to keep “researching” until I’m dead? Then it would have all been nothing! I’m ready to move from research phase to action station. I want to start making a bigger impact starting now.


Two good books have recently helped me take the next steps:

Good Work: How to Build a Career that Makes a Difference in the World By Shannon Houde

This book will give you ideas on how to make your current job more sustainability-focused or reassess and rewrite your resume into finding a career within the field of sustainability.

Any job can be a Nature-Led job and any career can take on issues of sustainability and climate action. You don’t have to throw your existing life in a dumpster and start over. Transition and adapt in a way that works for you. Work with the skillset, networks and opportunities you currently have. Pick up new skills as needed. Turtles can be surprisingly fast when they’re in the their element. Don’t burn yourself out trying to be a hare.

My only gripe about this book is its heavy reliance on using LinkedIn as a tool.


Climate Action Challenge: A Proven Plan For Launching Your Eco-Initiative in 90 Days By Joan Gregerson (And Optional Workbook)

This book gives me so many ideas I can hardly write them down fast enough in my eagerness to get to the next chapter. This book will ask you to build a team in order to succeed in your goal. At first I was intimidated by the idea, but then I thought about all the wonderful people I already network with that I would want to join me and that would be willing to join me. Some of them have already helped me branch out into meeting other ideal candidates. I had so many “coffee dates” in September and October I felt like I was peeing straight caffeine. Then the holidays hit and slowed everything down. Now I need to map out my next steps and proceed.

For four years I’ve tried working with my local City government on issues of Sustainability and Disaster Preparedness and Response only to be ignored. I’m done being nice and asking for permission. I’m fed up with the lack of action and transparency. I’m planning to build a nonprofit organization that applies pressure from the outside forcing them to respond. It seems I’m not the only one unhappy with the performance of my local City Council though. We just had an election in November and nearly every incumbent Council Member was voted out. I will address the new Council Members in an effort to work together, but I’m ready and willing to proceed with or without them. I’m planning to document my successes and failures in hopes that they might help others.

Special Note: I‘m not able to visit each and every person’s blog as often as I would like, but please know that I’m inspired by many of you in a variety of ways! Thank you for being you, for being here and for all the big and little things that you do!

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From Her Heart Grows A Tree – Visual Branching

Branches:

Jude Itakali https://wordeologist.wordpress.com/2021/07/29/stay-poetry-mentalawareness/

Her eyes wrenched him from the clutches of reality
He was plunged to the very depths of fantasy
Their softness
Their fragility
It lent him strength
It woke purpose within desire
But alas when you wade too deep for too long,
You find things not meant to be found…

In those trenches of beauty there was fear
A dread that the outside was superficial
And the inside would always be empty
A panic that when the petals fell,
When the beauty withered,
Loneliness would remain

In her nightmare a dream took root
Sown by his pledge
Warmed by companionship
Watered by commitment
He would not abandon her to that darkness
For he had always known;
“From her heart grows a tree”
And it blooms through all seasons


Mark S https://naturalistweekly.com/2021/08/01/from-her-heart-a-tree-grows/

sitting silently

from her heart a tree grows

ancient mosses


Ashely https://8-arrows.com/2021/08/01/from-her-heart-grows-a-tree/

The earth,

From her heart grows a tree;

The Tree of Life.


Grounded Wisdom https://grounded-wisdom.com/2021/08/01/trunk/

“From her heart grows a tree” whose bark has peeled and chipped, now leaving exposed wood growing moss and green creatures fertile with new life to pass. She is solid below the surface, and confident the new chapter will take root.


Lesley https://moment-by-moment.blog/2021/08/02/from-her-heart-grows-a-tree/

From her heart grows a tree

she opens our eyes

to a lattice of love

and unity.

reaching

embracing

without exception

devoid of division

There is no boundary.


Tracy Abell https://tracyabell.com/2021/08/01/from-her-heart-grows-a-tree/

I remember standing in these aspens two years ago, my heart expanding as I gazed up, up, up at this tree reaching for the blue sky. However, aspens are not only magnificent above ground, but also below, because groups of aspen share a root system. A system one might imagine as an enormous “beating heart” below ground.

“From her heart grows a tree.”

Her heart connecting with mine.


Roots:

Lisa

From her heart grows a tree, a family tree, with many branches called generations.


Mary

The Family Tree is among the most wonderful images of trees; how people are connected over generations. Certainly not the beginning of my family tree – yet, a long time ago, Barnebus Maney, Captain during the Revolution – father of 12 children was the beginning. I (and you and Joshua and Noah) are related to more people than you can imagine. Like a tree – we grow branches. Like a tree, we grow new branches – each one making us stronger. I love the connections.


Below you will see a visual tree that has been done by a proper computer scientist. Instead of creating a trunk from an obscure phrase using search engine indexing like I did, he took tweets on Twitter using hashtags (#example) and created groups of tweets on specific topics. This is a circular tree, which I think represents any type of social grouping well. We are spheres of knowledge, spheres of associations, Venn diagrams within Venn diagrams.

Brent Schneerman Tweetgeister 2010

This diagram along with several others from The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge by Manuel Lima or several more examples digitally from this 2014 Gizmodo Australia article:

https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/01/14-complex-data-visualizations-that-take-the-form-of-a-tree/

I want to share one more discovered in the book that I found particularly lovely and with a subject also close to my heart ;words, or in this case a visualization of words without using words:

By Stefanie Posavec 2008. http://www.stefanieposavec.com/writing-without-words/

From her heart grows a tree”

“from her heart grows a tree”