Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Bookshelf

Most people will never see the endless plain of the middle of the U.S. Humans love water; so we spend our time hugging our coasts; visiting the beaches, watching the waves.

The amber waves that make up our plains have just as much beauty and come with more majesty, maybe just because they are so empty. They have been abused; just like the rest of the earth, by people who had no idea what they had until it was gone.

Buffalo for the Broken Heart by Dan O'Brien is a Great Plains story. It tells the history behind the rise and fall of the Great Plains ecosystem. It tells the story of one guy's battle to understand the plain, the way life is supposed to live there, and how to bring back this very fragile and often overlooked ecosystem.

This book is a reminder to all that the earth isn't just about rainforests in some country half way across the globe. We have ecosystems in our own back yards in need of  gentle stewardship.          

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