My Long Journey Home May 23, 2011
I'm ready for my close-up.
That's right. Today, I'm officially a star. For those who want my autograph, I'm happy to share a leaf. But, please, only a few at a time. My fame comes from the fact that I have a particularly spectacular crown, if I do say so myself. Plus, I'm busy getting settled and need all of my energy.Read More
White Noise September 22, 2010
I live 500 yards from train tracks and 5 miles from a major highway.
The train typically whistles and rumbles, bumping along the track in a forceful, metal grinding push. The highway, in the meantime, sends out the normal grumbling hum-drum of heavy traffic as semi trucks move large loads, small automobiles whiz by them and occasional construction crews jack hammer.
Noise. It has been known to cause anxiety, tension or even illness, and prolonged exposure to high levels of noise can cause hearing loss, the USDA National Agroforestry Center says in its report "Leaf the Noise Out." Today, some people even regard noise as a form of environmental pollution. Yet, noise is a part of everyday life.Read More