10.12
The Earth and Motherhood

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“Many people have used the phrase ‘Mother Earth’ when talking about this planet we call home. Frankly, I always found this a little hokey. Then I became a mother.” Read the rest of the essay by Claire Fyrqvist after the jump:

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6.17
Misc: A Communion with the Earth: Gardening and Gratitude

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Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical on the environment will be released tomorrow. Today, read Catherine Ann Lombard on communion with the earth. In the garden, “Your head is always bowed and sometimes you have to go down on your knees.” Read it from On Being here: A Communion with the Earth: Gardening and Gratitude

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10.3
TCC Video: Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing | TedTalk

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Marla Spivak Bees pollinate a third of our food supply, but colonies have been disappearing at alarming rates in many parts of the world due to the accumulated effects of parasitic mites, viral and bacterial diseases, and exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Dr. Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota professor of entomology and 2010 MacArthur Fellow, encourages people to plant flowering plants (without herbicides or pesticides) in order to help save bees. Planting flowering plants also seems like a great way to honor St. Francis, whose feast day is October 4th. Watch Professor Spivak’s Ted Talk after the jump:

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