In the beginning this blog was centered on San Francisco parks and open space issues with special emphasis on natural areas and natural history. Over time it began to range into other areas and topics. As you can see, it is eclectic, as I interlace it with topics of interest to me.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012.01.03

1.   Advice for the new year
2.   Vaclav Havel 1936 - 2011
3.   Thoughts from Adrienne Rich and Wordsworth
4.   Summer jobs with National Park Service
5.   It's a New Year of growing local native plants at Mission Blue Nursery Jan 4
6.   GG Audubon Winter Bird Count for Kids!
7.   A murmuration of starlings
8.   Neil deGrasse Tyson's list of 8 (free) books every person should read - and why
9.   Two problems with metaphor "war on cancer"
10. California acts to protect woodpecker/The Timber Racket
11.  The Fallen Elm by John Clare
12.  Save the date:  April 24 - Richard Louv, Nature Deficit Disorder
13.  Internet resources for plant enthusiasts
14.  Feedback
15.  Philip Appleman's New Year's Resolution
16.  Alerts to year 2012 by John Cleese
17.  English spelling: You write potato, I write ghoughpteighbteau
18.  Miscellany I - Dick Cheney and Mitt Romney
19.  Miscellany II
20.  Propaganda blurb from Firefox browser


1.  For 2012

Put a song in your heart
and a spring in your step

-- And see how long before you're hauled in for questioning.



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2.
Vaclav Havel 1936-2011

Living in truth

The unassuming man who taught, through plays and politics, how tyranny may be defied and overcome



HAD communists not seized power in his homeland in 1948, Vaclav Havel would have been simply a distinguished Central European intellectual. That is how, triumphantly, he ended his career. In between came imprisonment, interrogations, house searches, isolation, heartbreak and betrayals—and adulation on the national and international stage.  The Economist
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Vaclav Havel:
"Either we have hope within us or we don't.

It is a dimension of the soul and is not essentially dependent on some particular observation of the world.

It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart.

It transcends the world that is immediately experienced and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.

Hope in this deep and powerful sense is not the same as joy that things are going well or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good, not because it stands a chance to succeed.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.

It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out."

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3.
“...My heart is moved by all I cannot save:
so much has been destroyed

I have to cast my lot with those
who age after age, perversely,

with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.”

    Adrienne Rich

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Earth is sick
And Heaven is weary of the hollow words
Which states and Kingdoms utter when they talk
Of truth and justice

    Wordsworth


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4.  Job opportunity

The 2012 San Francisco Bay Area fire-effects seasonal positions are posted on usajobs.gov.  We're planning to hire two positions, based out of Point Reyes National Seashore, starting sometime in mid-April.  These jobs are lots of fun with travel and botanizing happening at various national parks around the state.  Please share this message with people who might be interested.

To quickly find the announcement, type the announcement number in the keyword search on www.usajobs.com: NPS-FIRE-2012-054

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5.  Its a New Year of growing local native plants for restoration and gardening for wildlife at the Mission Blue Nursery!