Tuesday, November 28, 2006

mists & fog

This week, a run along the shore road around Sturgeon Point is a run in mists. The mood across the water seems to be a calm melancholy. On one run, late in the afternoon, a flock of water birds under the mists rose and fell and disappeared. A solitary loon near the shore sobbed out two quick sad notes, then vanished under the water.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Kati, it looks so lovely, please forgive me if I go slightly off to the side with these remarks.

Maybe it would be different if I'd ever lived anywhere near a lake, where a loon is part of the natural environment, but we've always lived in cities or suburbs. It sounds odd, but it's impossible for me to see the word 'loon' without having a flashback to "On Golden Pond" with Katharine Hepburn chanting "The loons, the loons!" to Henry Fonda.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

4:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem to run very early in the mornings just after sunrise...
I was quite a piece of research on the word 'loon' it doesn´t exist in my dictionary. But I found out the loon seems to be a bird, I am still looking for the german name, as these birds don´t exist in this part of the world....though we have plenty of lakes to offer.

2:04 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kati, now I have been successful: the common loon seems to be the provincial symbol for Ontario.I had to go to Portugal,Norway or Iceland to have a look at that type of bird with the German name 'Eistaucher', as it also migrates for winter to Europe.
You are lucky to live (and run) in such a beautiful part of the world, with an untouched nature by the looks of it.

2:20 a.m.  
Blogger Kati said...

I am lucky to live where I do. I'm reading a book about "Nature Deficit" as children experience it these days, and am coming to the conclusion that being able to be in nature has probably literally saved my life. I lived in an apartment in the city a mere 5-6 years ago and was on the verge of losing my mind...

12:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lack of nature in human environment
can cause damage in any human being , I think. I am teaching teenagers in a big city and have to cope with the consequences of these deficits. Could you tell me the title of the book, Kati?

10:20 a.m.  
Blogger Kati said...

Sisah, the book is Last Child in the Woods, Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv, 2006, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, ISBN -13: 978-1-56512-522-3; ISBN - 10: 1-56512-522-3 (PB). Being an educator, you might also enjoy a new book by a guy named Cohen called (I think), The Homework Myth I'll have to clarify that when I actually get my greedy little hands on it myself ;) !! I see homework as a real issue in the education system here in Ontario right now.

10:59 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Katie, I found out both books can be ordered by amazon /Germany, the second book´s author is Alfie Kohn, who seems to have written quite a few books on education, I am afraid I have never read anything written by him.

Strange to me is to read about subjects which were very important for me as a teacher in the eighties, we did a lot on environmental education at our school then.And when I started in 1976 as a teacher in a comprehensive school in Berlin, homework was not necessary in those days at all. A few years later they invented so-called pupils´ working lessons where they had to do their homework at school- as especially language-teachers had found out, there had been no progress without learning vocabularies.
At the moment Germany´s schools are said to be in need of reform, and pupils are overloaded with tests and examens, evaluation of teaching is the ministry employees favorite occupation.

2:47 p.m.  

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