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Ann's Window to Nature Wistful Nostalgia: Revisting the "Good Ol' Days"

Wistful Nostalgia: Revisiting the “Good Ol’ Days”

ANN’S WINDOW TO NATURE By Eagan Store Manager ANN MCCARTHY The phrase, “the good ol’ days,” means something different to everyone, and depends largely on age. To me as a 60+ year-old woman, the good ol’ days were wistful, carefree days spent outside. I remember birds, butterflies, bees, and fireflies. I remember diggin’ in the dirt looking for worms, catching…

Nature can ease loneliness

Nature Can Ease Loneliness

ANN’S WINDOW TO NATURE Social media. Politics. Aging. Covid. Disability. Geography. Economic factors. For whatever reason, loneliness is on the rise nationwide according to Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murty in a recent NPR Morning Edition interview. Loneliness can impact mental health resulting in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal ideology. Loneliness can also impact physical health resulting in obesity, a…

New Year. New Start. New Paradigm.

ANN’S WINDOW TO NATURE The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land. –Aldo Leopold Thirty-five years ago, after a major health scare, my perspective shifted. I became more focused on big picture stuff. You know… why are we here? What can I do to make a difference?…

Ann's Window to Nature: A Sense of Place

A Sense of Place

ANN’S WINDOW TO NATURE What do we mean by the phrase “a sense of place?” To me, a sense of place suggests an emotional bond or a tangible connection to a place. We can see it. We can feel it. We know it well. We hold it dear. We feel safe. We feel nurtured. When I think about a place…

Ann's Window to Nature: Gifts from Nature; sundog photo by Ann McCarthy

Gifts from Nature

ANN’S WINDOW TO NATURE On a cold winter’s day, there’s nothing more beautiful than a cardinal perched on pine bough heavy with snow. It’s almost as if nature has given you a gift. Gifts from nature come regularly to those who feed the birds: woodpeckers on suet, jays on peanuts, and finches on Nyjer®. We delight in watching juncos peck…