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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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If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.
~Joseph Wood Krutch ~

Almanac

Rattlesnake Master is a tallgrass prairie wildflower that also occurs in much of the southeastern United States. It has long, narrow leaves that bear spines alongs their edges.

Rattlesnake Master
Photo: Mike Habeck.

The plants grow up to four feet tall, and feature sphere-like clusters of tiny flowers that perch atop stalks. Rattlesnake Master is a member of the Parsley Family.