Fox Kits at Hearthwood

jean and the kids saw our three fox kits the other day and I was fortunate enough to see them Friday night. I was walking with a scotch down to the end of the drive late that night, and heard them skittering around in the underbrush. I stayed still for just a minute and they came out again, playing around within five feet of me. Their playful romping, the pungent odor from flowering trees and the warm spring evening, punctuated by the murmuring stream and cheerful frogs make Hearthwood a good place to be in Spring. Cheers.

Fourisgreen or Fourisblue: Synesthesia

The Dyers have long held that numbers and letters, among other things, are colored. Literally I mean. For me, when someone says “number one” I think of a large blue or white (either) number one.
When in college, I learned that not everyone thinks of numbers and letters in colors, smells in shapes, and other things. I’ve come to learn the term is “Synesthesia“.
Recently, Lucas asked me what color my numbers were. It really brought tears to my eyes to know that he, too, inherited this extraordinary trait. I really consider it an aid to memory and perception, without which the world would seem blander. (His “four” is blue, while mine is green)
“from the Ancient Greek ??? (syn), meaning “with,” and ???????? (aisth?sis), meaning “sensation”‘–is a neurologically-based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme ? color synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored, while in ordinal linguistic personification, numbers, days of the week and months of the year evoke personalities.”
Ed’s Numbers
7(seven is white)

Earth Day 2008 – 38 Years and counting

“Each year, the April 22 Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Among other things, 1970 in the United States brought with it the Kent State shootings, the advent of fiber optics, “Bridge over Troubled Water,” Apollo 13, the Beatles’ last album, the death of Jimi Hendrix, and the meltdown of fuel rods in the Savannah River nuclear plant near Aiken, South Carolina — an incident not acknowledged for 18 years. At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Environment was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. But Earth Day 1970 turned that all around.
On April 22, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day on April 22 in 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.”