Reflections – June 20, 2021


I listened to the sounds of water

on the first day of summer

the steady gentle pattering of rain

on leaves and earth –

so welcome

after many dry days of wind and heat

from the unrelenting glaring sun


listening to the increasing pace of rhythmic knocking

as heating water bubbles struck the sides of the teakettle

before the steam arose in an ear-piercing whistle


transported through time to childhood memories

of the tinkling gurgling brook that taught me to sing

and the power of the roaring waves coming in from the sea

and the hisses as the water rushed back to its home


sounds once heard that cannot be forgotten

though they bring nostalgia tinged with sadness

knowing how little regard we have shown

toward the oceans, rivers, lakes, and brooks

that have continued to share the essence of life

along with the songs of the water they carry


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Reflections inspired by my summer reading:

Rachel L. Carson (1989). The sea around us (Special Edition). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Aldo Leopold (1966). A sand county almanac: With essays on conservation from Round River. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.

Although I wish I had read their work decades ago, I am nonetheless grateful for the interesting path my life has followed.


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16 thoughts on “Reflections – June 20, 2021

    1. It’s so good to hear from you, dear Trace. I have been offline for a while – too much work between teaching, house updating, and gardening, and a computer that needed repair. Sending my best wishes to you! 💜

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    1. It’s so good to hear from you as well, Michael! I hope you, Jennie, and Nori are all doing well. 🤎

      I found myself wishing that I had read Carson’s work in elementary school, although her uncritical acceptance of truly invasive, destructive, and thoughtless methods of “research” and “development” may have influenced how I saw and understood the world and science at an early age. I remain grateful that I kept my critical view of dominant views of life, spirituality, and nature. The beauty, depth, and sorrow of Leopold’s observations broke my heart. I am glad that I had many years to enjoy nature before taking time to finally read such an eloquent portrait of nature which has been sitting in my bookcase unread for so many years!

      Now, I’m reading Naomi Klein’s book “Capitalism vs the climate.” I’m not sure yet how to weave these works into the classes I will be teaching in the fall, but I am even more determined to do what I can to raise awareness about the seriousness of the issues we are facing and the need to begin working together toward changes at the local level.


    1. Nice to hear from you, Neil. It is an amazing book. It’s even more incredible that it was first published in 1951 yet there is still so little public awareness about the importance of the oceans.!

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