BLM, reparations, wealth, us 

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"Secondhand" by Adam Minter. Really good world tour of used goods, especially on what of our middle-class-up excessive consumption we assume someone will want to reuse vs what and where things are actually imported, repaired, and dumped. Very pro-reuse, good sections on obsolescence, declining quality, and right to repair, while also being a broad global view in how things repeat as more of the world consumes more new.

On the back corner of our property is a small former "swimming hole" maybe 6m across, overgrown and only of interest to me for being a wildlife stop (have seen an otter and huge snapping turtle passing through over the years, other turtles and frogs). But finally decided to clear one corner back so I can get to it, maybe put a little blind or cabin on the "shore", maybe after a year of watching it closer I'll feel comfortable with when and where to dip my toes in on a hot day.

spider, circle of life 

"A natural human tendency is to try to continue with as ordinary and civilised life as possible, for as long as one can. Bruno Bettelheim later observed that, under Nazism, only a few people realized at once that life could not continue unaltered: these were the ones who got away quickly."

"At The Existentialist Cafe" by Sarah Bakewell

The red shouldered hawks have their nest just into the wild woods behind the house this year a hungry white puffball is looking back at my binoculars has grown to take shaky steps and ruffle its feathers before I thought to look up and see

Well I hope for rain again
Stood low in the field
Mud turned to dry grass pollen
Spun my eye through the ark
Where a dammed pond could be

Heavier rains this year in our new normal 3.8 inches overnight, pretty rough on a bunch of seedlings I had transplanted. 6th heaviest week of rain in 2020 (last week was 6.25in over two rain events, February was unreal). And yet I hope the summer isn't too dry, heat is starting to show up in next week's forecast.

Passing down historical objects, we now have a 1936 globe with a nice "sun ray" arm showing changes in seasons as the year progresses. Makes me nostalgic for the Globe Museum in Vienna, Austria.

I'm surprised that I know no other friends who darn socks (or, as quality has suffered my entire lifetime, seam repair in socks or shirts or sweaters). It radically extends the lifetime of (especially cheap?) clothes, reduces consumption and expense, takes a few minutes infrequently, and is very forgiving of sloppy technique. Maybe we just don't talk about it.

At least fifty dragonflies making easy loops over our yard, some high some low some holding patterns some evasive maneuvers "Good job dragons, fly like a zero" says the child.

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