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Is It as Simple as ABC 123? Tuneyards, Nature, and the 6th Extinction

October 23, 2019

Sun sun sun burn down on me
Atop this hill so I can see
My skin boils red and scabs and stings
But I must be witness to everything
Fan the fire or face the crowd
California’s burning down
Sitting in the middle of the sixth extinction
Silently suggesting the investment in a generator
I called you up because I thought you’d see it my way
I looked for freedom and I found it on the highway
No other option so I’m peeling out the driveway
Sing those brand new ABCs
I want so badly to be liked
I ask myself, “Why was I nice?”
I ask myself, “What should I do?”
But all I know is white centrality
My country served me horror coke
My natural freedom up in smoke
My pre-polluted fetus lead us
Into the obscene, I meanI’m on a desert island and I ate up all the coral
I was so hungry but I know that isn’t normal, oh no
But my behavior isn’t anything but moral
So unhappy, ABC!
From just this excerpt of the lyrics, HMMNN… maybe this person needs NATURE??

My students and I are getting a Nature Fix next Wednesday Oct 30 when we go on our next field trip to the Ventura Botanical Garden located behind Ventura’s City Hall in downtown Ventura… as long as it is approved by the college’s administration!
We will hike up the path, possibly all the way to the Cross, and we will also visit the site of Shepherd’s Garden’s and learn more about Ventura’s history and how Venturans have sought to get people out into nature and to care for it. Although the VBG is free on Tuesdays and major holidays, it is also free for student groups on a pre-arranged field trip like we are on.
“In the field of your imagination are all possible flowers.”
Theodosia Burr Shepherd, the Flower Wizard of California.
Read more about the Ventura Botanic Garden (which was destroyed by the Thomas Fire) and Shepherd’s Garden here.


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