Rain, Hope, and April.

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By Dave Coulter

Rough Edges

Yesterday in Our Town there were local elections. I'm gratified to see that our new president is committed to preserving our tree canopies (a statement that I'm paraphrasing from one of his campaign flyers). A noble goal, and for what it is worth, I'm with him all the way on that point.

I'm hopeful for such intent because one simply must be hopeful in April.

I like the work I do because the work of nature is the work of hope. In Our Town we're very leafy and very fortunate for that.  Believe me when I tell you it could be a lot worse, because it often times is. I and my assorted brothers and sisters in the trenches spend a lot of time trying to educate and inform, trying to give our neighbors good tools to help the nature of our cities and our homes.  

Some times it takes, and some times it does not. We live in really challenging economic times, and we're all doing more with less. I worry that improving our green spaces will take a back seat. Well, don't despair: we really do have all the tools we need to make the kind of world we want to live in.  It's not always about money, it's often times more about creativity, about making the most of what is at hand.  Mother Nature can do amazing things, when she's given the room to do so.   

It is grey and rainy today in Our Town, and maybe you can grab one of those increasingly rare free moments to think about how you might make a little more room for nature this spring. I hope you can. I'll be right there with you. 

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