Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us

eBook - 2014
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To be alienated from animals is to live a life that is not quite whole, contends nature writer Tai Moses in Zooburbia. Urban and suburban residents share our environments with many types of wildlife: squirrels, birds, spiders, and increasingly lizards, deer, and coyote. Many of us crave more contact with wild creatures, and recognize the small and large ways animals enrich our lives, yet don't notice the animals already around us.Zooburbia reveals the reverence that can be felt in the presence of animals and shows how that reverence connects us to a deeper, better part of ourselves. A lively blend of memoir, natural history, and mindfulness practices, Zooburbia makes the case for being mindful and compassionate stewards — and students — of the wildlife with whom we coexist. With lessons on industriousness, perseverance, presence, exuberance, gratitude, aging, how to let go, and much more, Tai's vignettes share the happy fact that none of us is alone — our teachers are right in front of us. We need only go outdoors to find a rapport with the animal kingdom. Zooburbia is a magnifying lens turned to our everyday environment.
Publisher: New York : Parallax Press, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781937006686
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (141 pages)
Additional Contributors: Buchen, Dave
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Apr 15, 2017

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"I like to shop at a hardware store that has an outdoor nursery where a flock of wild song sparrows lives. The store also sells sacks of birdseed, which are kept inside on shelves not far from the automatic doors. The sparrows have learned to fly in the doors as they open, snack on any spilled birdseed , and then dart back out when they're finished. It's a system that works for all, avian and human alike. Such graceful coexistence is the essence of zooburbia."


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