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Stay on the Grass: Nature goes inside the library December 16, 2012

As the sign says in the lobby of the Mann Library at Cornell University: Yes, it’s real grass.Yes, you can sit, lay down and roll around on the grass, but please don’t stomp on it.The grass is part of the exhibit. Various professors in Human Ecology have done research on the restorative benefits of nature. Instead of telling you about this, we decided to show you.So sit, relax, lay down, and enjoy the grass! Building…

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For Cornell Library "The Time Of The Singing Of Birds Is Come" April 2, 2010

A Bali Starling, An Endangered Species Whose Song Was Recorded By Linda Macaulay. The goal of poets is to make words sing. And so what better to inspire them than the sublime sounds, expressed so casually, so naturally, so sweetly, by the songbird? It comes as no surprise, then, that nearly every major poet has written a poem in praise of avian warblers. From Catallus to Chaucer to Keats to Collins, all are spellbound by…

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