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Plants form our world. Through the magic of photosynthesis they absorb the carbon dioxide we breathe out and release oxygen into the air, allowing us to breathe. They provide us with food without whose sustenance we could not live. Many plants around the world are used in medicines and healing. Furthermore, the mere majesty of nature, of plants, sustains us also. Let us take a moment to appreciate all that plants do for us.

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Animals: they’re all around us. In our homes, around the city, in wildlands. Yet we are often oblivious to them; we see birds on our drive around town, squirrels in our backyard, and farm animals. Animals are part of our lives, and we are a part of theirs. We coexist (or try to). This coexistence forms our world. Life involves vast intricacies of networks, each dependent on the other. Take the food chain, for example. Each link in the food chain (producer/herbivore/apex predator/decomposer) effects the other. In this way, each individual ‘link’ is non-existent without the others. Similarly, even in...

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Rats, tigers, hamsters, alley cats, penguins, whales, elephants, sloths. What do they have in common? They are all, at the most basic level, other forms of life we share this world with. They remind us that we are not alone in life’s perils, and that there is a bigger picture. A bigger picture beyond tomorrow’s presentation and managing the budget. A bigger picture beyond a life’s devotion towards climbing the corporate ladder. Now, speaking in human terms, these events do matter. How we live and prioritize our lives matters. But there is a bigger picture, and this bigger picture puts...

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Change. An idea that causes dread and turmoil in so many people and families, yet also sparks hope. The world, people, places, everything is constantly changing. Impermanence is one of the only sureties we have. Change can come in an infinite number of ways. Change often shows up when least expected and is processed differently by everyone. Yet, with all the turmoil it can cause, change brings opportunity. Change is especially vital is this way. A new job, a new life, a new tree, a new family; all are opportunities invited by change.   Why do things have to change?...

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What is home?   The word ‘home’ means different things to different people. Generally, though, ‘home’ is considered more than just a physical residence. For many people, ‘home’ is family and safety – a support system. Yet for others who don’t have a support system to rely on, home is just an unattainable ideal, a dream.   In the most general of terms, all of us have and share a home: Earth. The ground, plants, trees, animals, water, lakes, oceans, continents, air, metals, and other elements are priceless pieces of our reality that we are spiritually and biologically connected to....

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