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    I came away with a new appreciation for Rachel Carson after reading your diary.

    I didn't realize that she was born not too far away from where I grew up outside of Pittsburgh.  Behind our suburban house was "the woods", encircled by homes.  It was there, on my own, that I learned to appreciate nature and all its glorious treasures.  The very first bird beyond robins, sparrows and starlings that I could identify using my Golden book of American bird species was in that bit of wilderness.  I was nine when I saw a brilliantly colored bird I had never seen before- black and white with the most perfect rosy triangle on its chest- a rose breasted grosbeak.  

    Garter snakes, pheasants,  blackberry brambles that provided midsummer snacks and a creek that ran through it all.   Much as I searched and hoped, I never saw any mammals besides rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels.   I knew even as a small child that people had caused this unfortunate change.

    Rachel Carson knew best how to explain what is in the hearts of those who love the outdoors and she warned us of the threats.

    Reason, observation, and experience; the holy trinity of science. Robert Green Ingersoll

    by offred on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:20:46 PM PDT

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