My musings on 17 October 2014

Hello To All My Loyal Readers:

On alternate weeks, I share the URLs to some articles by others that I have found interesting. Here is a list of some recent articles that I’ve read.

For each posting I offer one of many videos created by Mike Foster. Mike is a wonderfully talented Nature videographer who has produced many very informative Nature videos about the San Pedro River and places in Mexico.

In Mexico, where I live, the day of the dead (Dia de los Muertos) is coming on 2 November.  It is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. I am widowed and celebrate my wife’s life during this holiday by placing her favorite foods (pop corn and coca cola) and some funky skeleton decorations on her little shrine in my house.

Mike Foster has done a video entitled “Day of the Dead and Changing Traditions in Mexico“. This video includes the Day of the Dead celebration, indigenous additions to religion, Virgin of Guadalupe, La Calavera Catrina, a herbalist or yerbera and the use or plants.

 

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Conservation International has produced a wonderful series of short inspirational videos entitled “Nature Is Speaking” that are narrated by famous celebrities.

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Belonging to the Earth community

As the naturalist Aldo Leopold observed, “One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” Either harden your shell, or be a doctor. Joanna Macy decided to be an Earth doctor. A systems theorist, author and lifelong activist, she describes how healing the world and healing your heart and soul go hand in hand.

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Is Nothing Sacred? A Spiritual Response to the Ecological Crisis

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Although I eat little meat, I am not a vegetarian. But, in the course of doing my research on the negative effects of cattle grazing on the environment, I’ve concluded that the meat industry and meat consumption must change. The question is: If We Ate Less Meat, This Is What Would Happen to the Planet ?

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One of my readers has offered this article on the Decline of the Bee Population.

How Colony Collapse Disorder affects our food supply

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Where I live, We recently experienced Hurricane Odile.   One of my colleagues owns and operates the pearl farm in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. He has written an interesting blog, A Hurricane’s Silent Victims, that addresses the “silent victims” of a hurricane that includes the altering of the biodiversity of the area.

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More on the positive ecological effect of the wolf restoration at Yellowstone National Park

Return of wolves leads to aspen resurgence in Yellowstone

 

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The Ants Go Marching On; So Do We

Edward O. Wilson Explains ‘The Meaning of Human Existence’

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This amazing set of short videos takes science students on a ‘never-before-filmed’ journey exploring animal bodies, behaviors and evolutionary development.

Shape of Life is a series of free short classroom videos that beautifully illustrate the evolution of the animal kingdom on planet earth. Based upon an original PBS Series, Shape of Life, is especially designed for students and teachers who want a first-hand account of how animals adapt and thrive. The series focuses on diversity, biodiversity, adaptability, body structure, design, behaviors, and the innovative scientists who explore these creatures.

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

2 Responses to “My musings on 17 October 2014”

  1. Annette Felix says:

    I am having a reflective day…nice cloud cover and cooler temps in Tucson, some work in the garden with a quick shower of rain. Then I come in to read mail and I find your musing! I started down the “list” and found that each one made a connection for me today. The Conservation International clips are wonderfully done…I just want to share them with everyone I know. And, the Pearl Farm blog made me think about the Sea of Cortez being stressed by humans with marine debris and overfishing and now by nature, too. I have been trying a vegan diet for the last few months to help my cholesterol and A1c number, so the what would happen to the planet if we ate less meat link made me feel I was not just helping myself but our planet, too. Thanks for sharing your findings. Some of us just don’t take the time to find all these wonderful pearls of wisdom on our own.

    • Thank you so much, Annette, for your feedback and encouragement. Through my analytics software I can see that my musings blogs are very popular. But, the numbers don’t tell me why. Your words have offered me clarification and insight. I love doing the musings blog and I hope the future ones will continue to offer you as much pleasure and insight.

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