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March 9, 2008

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Richard Whittaker

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Moens: Two Jewelers of New Mexico

Moens: Two Jewelers of New Mexico

Rod Moen was a working chemist on the verge of getting his Ph.D, when he abruptly left the field to become a jeweler. As he says, 'I got good grades. But there was a point in my life where I realized that I wasn't really happy. It was an accumulation of things. Now I can't describe it. I'm at a loss for words. I wanted the freedom. I thought life was passing me by.'

Habitat Restoration

Habitat Restoration

It was hard to hear her through the crowd, and I was still taking in something our professor had just said: 'the future results of our efforts here can not be known. What matters is that this work can bring a certain connection and joy.' As I looked at her face it seemed to express the same thing. Amidst it all, bits of the John Muir poem were coming in, 'the river does not rush by us, but through us.' Then the Ranger asked us all for silence -- to listen to the rain and take in the trees. How wonderfully strange! I thought -- the Federal Government starting the day this way.