Category Archives: Environment

The Scourge of Plastic Bags and Bottles

I spend a lot of time in Uganda.  There are empty plastic bags and bottles littered everywhere.  It is a major epidemic in the country, and also in the world. Some countries are doing something about it.  According to Time magazine’s Kate … Continue reading

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Tribute to Primatologist Jane Goodall

By Ann Patchett (Time magazine genius issue)[1] What if genius is knowing the thing you are meant to do in life, and then doing it without regard for the time it will take?  When Jane Goodall was a child in England, … Continue reading

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Largest Aspen “Clone” Ever Identified Is in Central Utah

A couple of years ago, my daughter, her children, and I visited a large aspen grove in Utah’s Fishlake National Forest.  According to Erin Alberty writing for sltrib.com: For 106 acres on the southwest bank of Fish Lake in Sevier … Continue reading

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LDS Miracle in Ethiopia?

Elder M. Russell Ballard, an LDS apostle, recently retold one of his personal spiritual experiences, proof to him of miracles.  His talk is summarized in wheatandtares.org: Elder Ballard relates an experience he had in 1984 visiting Ethiopia during the terrible ’83-’85 … Continue reading

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Outdoor Waterless Urinals in Paris

Over 50 years ago, I served an LDS mission in northeastern France (Alsace-Lorraine).  Public urination was a problem.  For example, on the exterior of Strasbourg’s beautiful Gothic cathedral were “defense d’uriner” (don’t urinate) signs.  The signs didn’t seem to do … Continue reading

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Visit to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

Bret Berger’s and my’s recent trip (July 2017) to Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique,was coordinated by the Carr Foundation.  Greg Carr, founder of the foundation, is a high school friend of Bret’s and his foundation has a 20-year agreement to manage … Continue reading

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Installing Playground Equipment in Mozambique

During July 2017 at the invitation of the Carr Foundation, Bret Berger and I traveled to Gorongosa National Park in west-central Mozambique.  Our primary goal was to assist with the construction of a small playground at a primary school in … Continue reading

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