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Varadero Coral Reef Thrives in the Bay of Cartagena

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Varadero Coral Reef Thrives in the Bay of Cartagena

 A debate rages in Colombia, South America about the Varadero Reef. Taking the Long View   The world of nature has created an amazing reef in the port at Cartagena, Colombia, a coral reef that thrives in an improbable location. It is in one of South America’s busiest harbors. From the water’s surface one can see huge container ships being loaded and unloaded. A scuba diver dives under the water and not very far down he crosses through a layer of contaminated yellowish residue.  Then beyond the ten foot level the water suddenly clears and the diver sees gorgeous, healthy coral. The really odd...

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Cooperation: Necessity and Idealization

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Cooperation: Necessity and Idealization

 COOPERATION: NECESSITY and IDEALIZATION Uncle hollered to me as I ran terrified from the corral, “Quick, go get your aunt!” I took off and ran toward the ranch house as fast as I could and called loudly to Mangie, the name her grandchildren had given my aunt, “Quick Uncle needs you to come to the corral where all the cattle are…fast.” I waited a long second to be sure she heard me. She ran through the dining room doorway toward the nearest door to the corral. We ran together toward the corral as she asked, “What happened?” As a city kid I didn’t know what was happening except that I saw...

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Let Bees Be

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Let Bees Be

Let Bees Be You may have been saddened to find a dead bee on the ground. In the last several years I have found quite a few and I am troubled that people keep using pesticides that kill bees. We are told that pesticides are the culprit, but part of the trouble lies with the human value scheme and the lack of understanding that without the bees we would starve. Bees pollinate the flowers that become the food we eat. We depend on vegetables for life and good nutrition. There are relatively few pollinators around. Moths, birds, bats and butterflies are among recognizable pollinators that we...

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The Power of Nature

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The Power of Nature

Have you ever considered why being in nature is so important to us, why it makes us listen, and what feeling it elicits? In his book of essays, The Great Work, Thomas Berry, a cultural historian, discusses being in nature and points out that the most important qualities that humans respond to are awe, joy and reverence. Berry puts his hand on the sensitive pulse of life as he notes that these feelings open us to all the life on the Earth and somehow it changes us for the better. Once humans developed language, they probably sat around a fire at night and told stories of their great heroes...

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