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    Utne's Urban Almanac

    Sub Title: Celebrating Nature & Her Rhythms in the City

    Has anybody seen/looked at it ?
    I just picked it up and looks very interesting.

    MOD's - is this the right forum ?
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Sub Title: Celebrating Nature & Her Rhythms in the City

    Has anybody seen/looked at it ?
    I just picked it up and looks very interesting.

    MOD's - is this the right forum ?

    This is the Utne Reader? A bit too new-agey "rainbows & unicorns" for my taste.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    MOD's - is this the right forum ?
    How about putting this in the book club forum? Sounds interesting!

    From Amazon:

    From Publishers Weekly
    Channeling the spirit of Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard, the founding publisher of Utne magazine (formerly known as the Utne Reader) brings together a delightful assortment of folksy knowledge in this guide for the urban citizen. In charging readers to "Look Up," "Look Out" and "Look In," Utne (aka Cosmo Doogood) hopes that city dwellers will connect better with themselves and their surroundings: "we are always in nature, wherever we are." Opening sections consider the pleasures of walking, the possibilities of gardening and the probabilities of wildlife sighting within city limits; the volume then becomes an eclectic and fascinating day planner, in which one can record one’s engagements on pages that also serve up poems, photographs, trivia (e.g., January is mail-order gardening month), recipes (Caprese salad; baked apples), quotes ("Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment"), travel suggestions (New Orleans’s Magazine Street), thumbnail biographies (Pharrell Williams; Rembrandt), history lessons (on the birth of the Transcendentalist Movement) and "civilizing ideas" (citizen wisdom councils; community gardens). There’s something interesting on every page of this fun and useful guide.
    Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

    Product Description:
    In the spirit of Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack, Eric Utne, founder of Utne magazine, presents "an almanac for residents of the blue states," to help you awaken your connection to nature wherever you live and to celebrate every day of the year. The almanac includes an Ephemeris of the motions of the Sun and Moon, and where to look for each of the planets; plus, Doc Weather’s Pretty Good Weather Predictions. We’ll bet Doc’s more accurate than any of the other long-range prognosticators out there. A month-by-month Field Guide to Urban Flora and Fauna where you live – what’s budding, blooming or fruiting, mating, birthing or hibernating now, in your neighborhood? Learn the scientific facts and legendary lore of common urban critters, like pigeons, rats, coyotes, and more…Tune your soul to the rhythms of nature. Calendar of the Soul. We offer meditations and practices from western and eastern contemplative traditions. Every week of the year includes medita! tions you can use to harmonize with the rhythms of the natural world.
    Plus… Living Urban Treasures, Urban Sanctuaries, Essential Places, Survival Strategies, Civilizing Ideas. SEASONAL POEMS by Rumi, Mary Oliver, Robert Frost, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others to enter the soul mood of each week. QUOTES Proverbs, famous sayings – timeless wit and wisdom. Plus, the story behind various holidays, festivals and historic events, famous peoples’ birthdays and death dates, proclamations, songs, recipes, astronomical events – all chosen to deepen your sense of the living year.

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    Quote Originally posted by Wanigas?
    How about putting this in the book club forum? Sounds interesting!

    Mod Note: Consider it done!

    I flipped through it at the bookstore yesterday and am toying with the idea of purchasing it. What I read in it was pretty interesting.
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