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April Moore is the creator and editor of www.TheEarthConnection.org, a site for people who love the earth. The site offers nourishment and inspiration, to strengthen us for the hard work we face in saving our planet. A lifelong environmentalist, a writer and activist, April is also the author of the book THE EARTH AND YOU: EATING FOR TWO. She has written for many national magazines, newspapers, and newsletters. She is married, a mother, and lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
The Weather Ain't What It Used to Be
I am seeing from my own experience that scientists are right when they tell us that extreme weather events are becoming more frequent as our planet warms.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011(2 comments)
A Tale of Two Environments
As an environmentalist, I am surprised--and heartened--to learn that the sites of two horrific twentieth century events are now thriving sanctuaries for wildlife!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010(2 comments)
Witch Hazel: Color in the Winter Woods
The bright yellow, wild-looking flowers of the little witch hazel tree brighten up the forest during winter. These trees have an interesting history in America as well.
Monday, December 6, 2010(1 comments)
Fall's Last Hurrah
On a wintry walk this morning, there were signs that autumn hasn't given up yet.
Grief for Our Planet
A recent report on yet more damage to our planet causes me to reflect on the need that many of us feel to find rituals for the expression of our grief.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010(1 comments)
What's RIGHT With Kansas!
Here is a fascinating story of how a small town on the Kansas prairie--a very Republican area--became the greenest town on earth.
Saturday, November 13, 2010(1 comments)
Sweet Are the Uses of Adversity
For years, a soliloquy from Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT has whispered to me. I love the images Shakespeare evokes, of the refreshment and learning available when one leaves civilizaion behind for awhile.
Friday, July 23, 2010(2 comments)
A walk into the forest on a sunny July morning revealed some previously unexperienced delights.
Monday, July 5, 2010(2 comments)
Awakening to Nature
Many of us deeply love nature. But how does hat love come about? And when? I trace my own love for the natural world to adolescent stirrings.
Sunday, June 27, 2010(1 comments)
We ARE the Small People
BP's board chair Svanberg got me thinking when he called us Americans 'the small people.' I realized there's more truth to his comment than first meets the eye.
Thursday, December 24, 2009(2 comments)
Christmas time brings to my mind my childhood longings for a forest life.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009(5 comments)
The "Jewel of Siberia"
Lake Baikal is the oldest, largest lake in the world. Home to many animals and plants that exist nowhere else, this remarkable Siberian lake is not well-known in the West. A world treasure, Lake Baikal has been named a World Heritage Site.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Persistence of Life
My wanderings in the woods on a
Virginia mountain ridge showed me that there is life in places where I might least expect it.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Plastic Bags: A Primer and a Guide
The ubiquitous plastic bag creates worse problems for our planet and its animals than one might think. While bags may break down over time, they never degrade. Tiny plastic pieces are poisoning animals all over the world. Fortunately, there is plenty we can do to help solve the problem.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
When A Wonderful Event Becomes An Outrage
Normally a fan of the Olympics, I am outraged that the 2014 Winter Games are to be held at what is now a pristine mountain region that the United Nations has declared a World Heritage Site. The Caucasus Mountains, just inland of Russia's Black Sea resort town of Sochi, will be seriously damaged by the creation of a ski resort with all the trimmings for the tourists. I have an alternative to propose.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009(1 comments)
TURN OVER A NEW (GREEN) LEAF
Don't' have an Earth Day event to go to? Or the time to go to one anyway? That's fine. Do something even better by choosing from the following 10 suggestions, one you will incorporate into your daily life. You will lessen, even if just a little, your impact on the planet. Happy Earth Day!
Monday, February 9, 2009(11 comments)
What About the Birds?
While I applaud Captain Sullenberger's heroic rescue of all the people on his plane when it landed in the Hudson River, there is a part of the story that I believe has not been told.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
A Morning Wrapped in Ice
I awoke one recent morning to a wonderland of 'glass'--every twig, branch, and trunk in the wooods on the mountain where I live was encased in ice.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008(2 comments)
Take the Train
If you're dreading the hassles of flying this holiday season, there is an alternative that is more pleasant--and better for the environment.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008(1 comments)
Notes from a Dated Kitchen
While trying to sell my house, I was surprised that prospective buyers found my beloved kitchen hopelessly dated. Their feedback got me thinking--just how much should we middle class Americans entitle ourselves to the newest and most upscale, just because we like it? How much of a role should environmental impact play in our choices?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Have a Green Father's Day
This Father's Day, give a 'green' gift, one Dad is sure to enjoy, and that won't end up stuffed into a drawer or the back of a closet. Here are some fun and easy tips for avoiding 'gift waste,' for honoring Dad in a 'green' way.