Nature’s Delicate Balance

Recently I came across the art of Stone Balancing. I’ve seen this practice before along nature trails, but nothing as brilliant as the work of Michael Grab. Watching him put these structures together is fascinating, and you can see that it takes an extreme amount of patience and intuition to balance the rocks perfectly. It … Continue reading Nature’s Delicate Balance

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Sewer Systems: Not just for Ninja Turtles

The availability of clean water is essential to support the health and economy of every nation in the world. A major source of water pollution is the failing infrastructure we use to control and maintain the water we use. Hidden beneath cities is an underground maze of pipes and tunnels that not only carries the … Continue reading Sewer Systems: Not just for Ninja Turtles

Environmentalism Inspired by Dr. Seuss

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” –Dr. Seuss The Lorax In honor of the Great Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and the opening of the movie “The Lorax” I begin my post with a quote from Dr. Seuss’s famous environmental book “The Lorax”. Over 40 years … Continue reading Environmentalism Inspired by Dr. Seuss

Frack Attack

With most introductions to the newest trend in “clean energy” the public response is explosive. In the Midwest we are seeing this with hydrologic fracturing (or “fracking”), a process used to extract natural gas from deep in the ground. Pictured right is a shale map from U.S. Energy Information Administration. With nationwide reports of water … Continue reading Frack Attack

Wrapping Up on Holiday Shopping

Facing the crowds this holiday season in local shops downtown I’ve encountered a certain whispered phrase time and time again, “don’t buy that here, we can find it cheaper online”. In a time of recession it is comforting to see people flooding the streets and packing in stores during the weeks leading up to Christmas. … Continue reading Wrapping Up on Holiday Shopping

This lake is my lake; this lake is your lake…

Our lakes are in trouble, which threatens to drag down an already stressed economy in the Great Lakes region. A study was released this month by the National Wildlife Federation called- Feast and Famine in the Great Lakes: How Nutrients and Invasive Species Interact to Overwhelm the Coasts and Starve Offshore Waters, about the greatest … Continue reading This lake is my lake; this lake is your lake…

Trash to Treasure

Recycling enthusiast Nancy Judd has a unique way of spreading the word about conservation through public art and couture fashion. “Waste does not exist, only wasted resources,” said Judd. Judd was one of over 1500 artists featured at this year’s ArtPrize in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. ArtPrize is public art contest where the winning pieces … Continue reading Trash to Treasure