How I Became an Environmentalist

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Happy Veterans Day

Today, as we honor the veterans of our armed forces, and a veteran myself, I would like to share my father-in-law’s discharge letter. Charles served as an army medic, landed at Normandy, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and then returned home to Georgia where he was a successful businessman, devoted husband and father.

It was a different time. But the words of this letter are eerily prescient.

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“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. —JAMES A. BALDWIN” from “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” by Brené Brown

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The stunning Stout Grove.

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http://www.redwoodhikes.com/JedSmith/StoutGrove.html

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A Charlottesville ER Nurse speaks after a day of decompression.

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The Washington Post: Truth to power: The “inconvenient” voices taking on climate change

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Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean | PenguinRandomHouse.com

A lot of what is going on doesn’t make sense to me. This very well researched book by a well respected historian traces the conflict of democracy versus property into the conflicts that play out in the news every day. Highly recommended.

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