20,000 words

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's 20,000 from my walks in February

 

giving thanks

ducks

When I was in college, I did a series of lessons called “the pollution solution” with a 2nd grade class. We did science projects, read books, and wrote about the pollution of water, land and air. For the last lesson, I drew the human body. I pointed to the lungs and asked if the earth were a body, what would the lungs represent? They knew it was the air. We revisited health lessons and talked about how smoking is bad for our lungs and it made sense that pollution in the air is bad for the earth. Next I pointed to the blood vessels.

walks

I walk on the same path along the river every day. But when the whole family takes a walk, here are a few places close by that we like best

seasons in time

winter moon

When I take walks alone, it gives me time to reflect on all kinds of things. Lots of times, my thoughts are about the connectedness of everything. There are definitely times when I’m not thinking of anything more than my love of the smell of the air or the beauty of the surroundings. Some of my thoughts are about the concept of thread in the web; we are all a part of this great big web. This is one of the thoughts that stuck with me:

the biophilia hypothesis

The biophilia hypothesis states that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. It’s a gift to go outside, get fresh air year round and connect with the natural world every day. It sharpens the mind and the senses.