Posts by Anita

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Living Tree

Posted by on Mar 21, 2020 in Unmowed Authors | 0 comments

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Living Tree

JRR Tolkien saw trees as living, breathing beings. He sensed the rich life that flowed through them; he saw faces in their corrugated bark; he heard their voices. And of all the beloved characters he wrote about–hobbits, dwarves, elves–the most bewitching of all his creations are the Ents.

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Why I Waste Time on Social Media

Posted by on Mar 11, 2020 in Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Why I Waste Time on Social Media

It’s tempting to say, ah, it’s all a load of nonsense and skip social media altogether. But in today’s world people of good will all need to speak up. Speak up, and stand up for truth and reason, in any way we can.

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Branching Out

Posted by on Jan 18, 2020 in leaves, Unmowed Blog | 0 comments

Branching Out

The branching pattern of this tree—of any tree—is beautiful, complex, and anything but accidental. There’s a reason for every twist and turn in every smallest twig. It’s all driven by the search for sunlight.

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Rudyard Kipling: Merlin’s Isle

Posted by on Dec 24, 2019 in Unmowed Authors | 0 comments

Rudyard Kipling: Merlin’s Isle

Rudyard Kipling originated the genre of books where realistic children stumble into magic adventure. Suddenly magic intersects with everyday life—turns out there’s a snowstorm going on in the back of a wardrobe, or an owl brings you a letter inviting you to Hogwarts! He was followed by E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis’s tales of Narnia and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. But Kipling did it first.

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Winter Solstice: Coming Soon to a Horizon Near You

Posted by on Dec 20, 2019 in Unmowed Blog | 4 comments

Winter Solstice: Coming Soon to a Horizon Near You

What is a solstice? It’s the darkest part of winter. Yet paradoxically, it’s a time to celebrate warmth, and light, and life. A holiday for everyone, all welcome, no religion necessary. It’s just about the planet we all live on, tilting to and fro on its long journey around the sun. It’s when the days start getting longer. And the solstice is also a precise moment in time. This year, the solstice falls on December 21, at 11:19 p.m. Set your alarm. Why mark this moment? It’s the tipping point between light and darkness. Why 11:19 and not 11:18 or 11:20? Well, it’s the precise instant at which...

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