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About William Graham

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Nature’s Relationships : What Is Life ?

Nature’s Relationships : What Is Life ?

If we could surrender to Earth’s intelligence, we would rise up rooted—like trees.” ~ Rainier Maria Rilke   What Is Life ? This is a question with many answers. A dictionary might tell us that life is a distinctive characteristic of a living organism that has he capacity to grow, metabolize, respond to stimuli, adapt, and reproduce. But, defining life requires a greater depth if we are to understand how Nature operates.   We can...

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Great Conservation Stories

Great Conservation Stories

  In between the government endorsed wolf killings and the negative environmental impact of off-road ATVs, there are many silent conservation heroes who are making a difference and setting examples for the rest of us.   As I do research for my blog posts, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that all is not gloom and doom in the world of conservation. Despite the wolf killings and the ATVs, there are many silent heroes who are making a...

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Nature’s Relationships : Fractals and Forests

Nature’s Relationships : Fractals and Forests

“Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ‘em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum. And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on.”                                                                 — Jonathan Swift:  1733 David George Haskell, in his book entitled “The Songs of Trees: Stories from...

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Sanctuaries of Silence

Sanctuaries of Silence

If you have been following my essays over the years, you would be correct if you sensed my passion for silence and solitude.  Indeed, just like the creatures in the forests and the mountains that I visit, I am profoundly adverse to human created noise. Noise can deeply affect my personal ecosystem. But, much more important, it has been shown that human noise can change the ecosystems of creatures who live with us on earth. I have...

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Conservation Theater: The fallacy of killing animals to promote life.

Conservation Theater: The fallacy of killing animals to promote life.

Many of us who wait in airport security lines have serious doubts about the effectiveness, the benefit, and the actual protection offered by the invasive procedures that we are required to endure. Our doubts become amplified when we read that dangerous and illegal items are regularly smuggled past the inspectors during government sanctioned tests. We have come to call this whole process “security theater” . It is all just a big...

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