By the time we got to Woodstock,
We were half a million strong
And Everywhere there was song and celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bombers
Riding shotgun in the sky,
And they were turning into butterflies
Above our nation.
We are stardust.
Billion year old carbon.
We are golden...
Caught in the devil's bargain
And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden.
|Woodstock, U of M Therapy Chicken|
Nature is good for you!
You already knew that?
Well, so did I, but now many people are publishing evidence that this is so. Quantifiable evidence and documentation to prove the benefit of "nature relatedness."
|Peaches, Dodge Nature Preschool Therapy Chicken|
My tongue is really not in my cheek. I do value the findings of this growing body of research, but I think it is kind of funny that we humans can't totally sign on to something that we know innately, that we live and breath every day, until we find a way to study and research and publish and prove it officially. And I don't mean just publish, no, we've got to have our researchers publish in reputable outlets, thank you, reviewed by more doctors and scientists. The great paradox of researching the human connection to the natural world, is that the hypotheses behind the effort suggests that humans are estranged from the natural world.
|Therapy Sunflower, Dodge Nature Center Garden|
|Sunshine = Grass = Ben (or Beef)|
|Sunshine = Oxytocin|
|We are golden|
Made For Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond by Meg Olmert
Your Brain on Nature by Eva Selhub
Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown