Looking back through some of the posts I put up, there definitively is a trend. I have become more verbose; I have become bolder; more outspoken; become a bit more of the teacher that I am in real life; maybe too self-indulgent; and taking myself a bit too serious? Yes, I have always tried to include an outside link or two (too much Wikipedia maybe) since I do not want to claim to be a “know it all”, but as I mentioned in this blog post, there is a lot of stuff stored in that big head of mine.
|Did I mention my big head? This picture was taken last year during a nature walk in the Roanoke area last fall (2014) after a fun day of lecturing in a nature retreat.|
So the story about Jaap Haartsen made me think about this YouTube clip that I saw recently on Nature RX; it is a spoof on the need to reconnect with nature, I have written a lot about it in my blogs and borrowed the phrase "nature deficit disorder." Looking at the labels, I have used the term in at least 20 blogs of the 253 that I have written up to now. I used Nature 79 times as a label on posts. I do think it is so darn important to reconnect with nature, with ocean, with water, you name it; just the natural world. I find it disarming, calming. As the naturalist John Burroughs wrote:
No, I will not invent the next Bluetooth, but it brings down the blood pressure; it is where I formulate a lot of my ideas for my classes, my blog and just life.