In developing nations, a relatively simple footbridge can make the difference between getting an education and staying at home, between receiving health care and being sick.
Peace Corps Response Volunteer Nate Bloss has been working with Bridging the Gap Africa as a project supervisor in Kenyan communities where people and economies are affected by the ability to cross waterways safely.
Check out these pictures from the “walking world” – and see how a bridge can make all the difference.
"Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river. Don’t forget, a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated. Don’t major in minor things. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Helen Keller, Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly. Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Don’t waste time grieving over past mistakes Learn from them and move on. Every person needs to have their moment in the sun, when they raise their arms in victory, knowing that on this day, at his hour, they were at their very best. Get your priorities straight. No one ever said on his death bed, ‘Gee, if I’d only spent more time at the office’. Give people a second chance, but not a third. Judge your success by the degree that you’re enjoying peace, health and love. Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly. Leave everything a little better than you found it. Live your life as an exclamation, not an explanation. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems. Never cut what can be untied. Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself. Remember that overnight success usually takes about fifteen years. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do. Seek opportunity, not security. A boat in harbor is safe, but in time its bottom will rot out. Spend less time worrying who’s right, more time deciding what’s right. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. The importance of winning is not what we get from it, but what we become because of it. When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail."
Really wishing I was outside, and near the mountains, and camping, and just anywhere but here.
So happy that one of my tumblr friends just recently got accepted to my University’s graduate program!! ahhhhhh :)
Why Prairies Matter and Lawns Don’t
by Jameson Krumpler
Prairies – those critically endangered and complex ecosystems understood by few and misunderstood and destroyed by millions of people.
Lawns – those myopically obsessive (and evil) urban, suburban, and increasingly rural monoculture eyesores that displace native ecosystems at a rate of 5,000 acres per day in favor of sterile, chemically-filled, artificial environments bloated with a tremendous European influence that provide no benefits over the long term; no food, no clean water, no wildlife habitat, and no foundation for preserving our once rich natural heritage.
As one internet commenter named Carrie eloquently said, “as a nation, we have far too much lawn doing far too little for us.”
How much lawn is too much? 41 million acres. That figure makes lawn the most widespread plant under irrigation in the contiguous US. Three times more acreage is covered in lawn than in corn. All of that once precious water used on those 41 million acres of ridiculous, non-native turfgrass to keep it unnaturally green – how can people be so blind?
Lawns, along with row-crop farms, “improved” grazing pastures, and urbanization, are some of the biggest negative land conversions of native landscapes, and are direct contributors to the destruction of wildlife and native plant habitats throughout the world. As native landscapes disappear, wildlife disappears, and important ecological processes that insure outcomes such as clean drinking water, climate change buffers, and flood control also disappear. The future of mankind depends heavily upon the health of native landscapes…
(read more: The Roaming Ecologist)
images: J. Krumpler; Allen Scott Walker; pschemp | Wikipedia
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I was asked to share 5 things about myself so…
I don’t usually do these, but I’m trying to avoid studying for my quiz tomorrow so here it is
1) I seriously can’t wait to be done with school forever…only 6 more months!
2) Also only 6 more months until I get to see the love of my life once again
3) I’ve been thinking about backpacking the Appalachian Trail after graduation and before finding a real job
4) This blog was originally about biking, but I stopped mostly because I got busy and moved far from the bike trails. I do want to start biking again tho.
5) I’m 100% bilingual (English and Spanish)
A small rant…
I haven’t heard from you in about 3 days. You’ve gotten my texts before, you’ve been able to get online and you said you were going to call me and you didn’t. I’m a little disappointed and I’m also worried about you. I hate not knowing what’s going on and I hate not talking to you. I miss you, and I just want to know if you miss me back.
Just because we don’t talk doesn’t mean I don’t think about you.