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goats.

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goats from twin willow ranch  have arrived at gallup park! ten goats in all will be busy over the course of three weeks “goatscaping,” removing brush from the park’s two islands. the islands are normally accessible via foot bridge; but during the three-week goat initiative, june 6–June 27, the islands, and bridges, will be closed.

goatscaping is an old-fashioned, eco-friendly and entertaining form of brush control. goats like to eat invasive plants like honeysuckle and buckthorn; poison ivy (to which goats are not allergic as some humans are); and pretty much any green plant within reach. this pilot project is part of an ongoing effort to clear out the overgrowth and invasive shrubbery as park staff work toward a long-term maintenance plan.

the goat initiative has an interactive component as well, for those curious about this work. GIVE 365 will be hosting three goat talk and walk tours in conjunction with volunteer work days. how to participate in a tour, for more information about this initiative, including goat photos and their bios, and more is available at http://www.a2gov.org/goats-at-gallup.

“ideas are easy.

it’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.”

-sue grafton

 

source: ann arbor parks and recreation, mlive, ann arbor townies

how far?

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my first step in the parks in my first pair of shoes

steps in the parks somewhere in the middle

my last step in the parks in my last pair of shoes

with all of this stepping into the parks

i thought it was be easy and interesting

to look back and see just how far i had walked

using multiple sources

and multiple attempts

it turned into quite an impossible task

as each park was shaped differently

i had walked in no particular pattern

and converting the 2061.6 total acres into distance

proved to be a bit more complicated than i expected.

s0me of my early rough calculations

(having dinosaurs on the paper seemed fitting)

scenes of me asking the big questions

with no definitive answers

i went to my daughters

who tried to create an algorithm for me

but they again pointed out that i had no consistent shape of the acreage

nor did a have a consistent path of travel through them

i then went online to an international group

of physicists, mathmeticians, engineers, etc. to seek their answers

here is a sampling:

after walking 2,061.6 acres of parks, how far have I traveled in distance?

and :

There is no way to tell. You tell us areas but not distances, nor do you give us times or velocity.

i have decided that according to my calculations

my final answer is that i traveled pretty far

during the time i spent covering the 2,061.6 acres 

and interesting coincidence

the last park on the list

the last steps i took

were in a park at the top of the very street 

where i first lived in ann arbor

in my rattletrap apartment with no money

when i moved here at age 40

having quit my job to go to grad school

and change the course of my life

this long journey with it’s twisty and immeasurable path

had somehow led me straight home.

‘only those who will risk going too far

can possibly find out how far one can go.’

– t.s. eliott

welcome.

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‘the rock’ at george washington park

on central campus at the university of michigan

painted by volunteers with the michigan refugee assistance program

“seeking asylum is a human right.”

amnesty international

george washington park, ann arbor, mi, usa

night deposits.

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“hutchins office – night deposits”

“i find if you are in an office, the crisis finds you.

if you’re not in the office, the crisis finds somebody else. “

-jeremy corbyn

*city of ann arbor tree nursery, ann arbor, mi, usa

provides and nurtures saplings for city parks and streets 

along with mulch, logs, and all things to do with trees. 

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*when i visited the parks’ nursery, there was no one there, and i loved happening upon this unusual ‘office’ setting. it looks like it could have been a staff meeting day, as there were 2 chairs sitting together. as i continue my walk through the parks, i now have 9 left to go, and i’m quite sure that i will be finished by my goal of halloween.

soul of a city.

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many parks that i visit

are quiet and solitary experiences

and then there are others

teeming with people and life 

and noise and activities

of all kinds

both have such an important place and purpose.

“parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.”
― marty rubin

 

 

 

 

 

gallup park, ann arbor, michigan, usa

memorials.

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“welcome and be my guest”

just a sampling of memorials found all over the parks

on benches, stones, trees and shelters

each very personal 

and

each incredibly touching

“in memory of her college days here…”

“remember the things that make you glad.”

“to celebrate the joy he found in the outdoors and his pleasure in sharing it with others.” (for the creator of the ann arbor public schools outdoor education program)

shelter to rest and enjoy the beauty –

dedicated to a young woman who loved to be in nature

and left the world way too early.

“her generosity has ensured that ann arbor will remain a city of trees.”

“only when you drink from the river of silence shall you sing, and when you reach the mountain top you shall begin to climb, and when the earth shall claim your limbs, then you shall truly dance.”

“placed in honor by his park employees”

“a guiding light to all who knew her.”

“he loved to walk here.”

“a caring and generous man…”

darya lin

died on september 11, 2001 in nyc

in loving memory

“every memorial in its time has a different goal.”

-maya lin

sculptor and architect 

designer of  the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington, D.C.

dog day afternoon.

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happiness is a dog

running free on 10 green acres

out in the elements

playing with the others

water bowls for all

in a huge fenced park devoted to them

and their people

walking and talking

benches and trees

waiting for them

when they tire out

while the dogs

 just keep on smiling and running.

“dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame.

i should have a dog as a life coach.”

-moby

swift run dog park, ann arbor, mi, usa