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Schools versus Environment in Oregon.

Microscopic plastic beads from skin care products showing up in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

The Wall Street Journal has a nice interactive feature called Waste Lands: America's forgotten nuclear legacy that includes maps and details on the history and current status of Manhattan Project sites.

From The Guardian, a very cool article on Steward Brand, founder of The Whole Earth Catalog (and much more).

I continue my effort to downsize; please help me Get Rid of Stuff!.

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No dogma taught by the present civilization seems to form so insuperable an obstacle in the way of a right understanding of the relations which culture sustains as to wilderness, as that which declares that the world was made especially for the uses of men.
~John Muir ~

Almanac

The Cup Plant can grow to be over eight fall tall.

Cup Plant flower

The stems are square, and some of the opposite leaves are fused together at the stem to form a depression or "cup", hence the name of the plant.

After a rain water sometimes collects in those depressions, and you may see birds like goldfinches drinking from them.