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3 weeks ago

Mary Pipher
My sunrise walk often is my happiest time of the day. This morning a meadowlark sang from a bush by the dam. Soon she was joined by the scree of a red-winged blackbird, and then the quacking of a duck. The heron flew north across the lake. Swallows hunted for mosquitos in the grasses. Wild chicory with its turquoise blossoms and purple clover were the flowers of the morning. On the bridge a cottonwood shimmered above me. Its first golden leaf floated on the water. The cattails swayed along the western edge of the lake. And in the south, blue/black clouds and booms of thunder. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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2 months ago

Mary Pipher
Since the heat wave arrived, I’ve been walking at sunset and early morning. Last night, the air was as thick as pudding and the gnats and mosquitos were out. The swallows dived overhead as they chased their rich feasts. The first lightning bugs of the year lit up the grasses. Frogs croaked from Holmes Lake. This morning, the world seemed new again. Meadowlarks and red-winged blackbirds called out their greetings. Pink, yellow, white, and purple flowers dotted the meadows by the walking trail. The leaves of the cottonwoods shimmered. The cattails nodded with the breeze. As the sun rose, the halfmoon crossed the southern sky.What is the purpose of all this beauty?To remind us that life is good, that we are good, and that we have every good reason to work for a peaceful world and a sustainable planet. Where there is life, there is hope. And we can always find life by walking outside. ... See MoreSee Less
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