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Posts from our Director of Community Education, John Christian Phifer

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

2014 brought many surprises and accomplishments for Larkspur Conservation and we are wholly excited for what 2015 will bring to us and the Nashville community.  Let the new year bring you peace and prosperity as we celebrate our natural home!

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5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for Coping with Grief during the Holidays

5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts for Coping with Grief during the Holidays

Almost everyone has experienced some form of loss  in their life and the grief associated with it can be overwhelming at times especially during the holidays.  Ashley Davis Bush specializes in grief counseling and has provided these bullet points to help those grieving navigate the holiday season.  Whether your grief is new or familiar we hope these tips will help you find peace. – Five Do’s 1. Do pace yourself. a. Give yourself time to rest.  Grieving is physically exhausting…allow for some down time. b. Re-examine your priorities and decide what you really have the energy for.  Is baking cookies joyful for you?  If not, let it go for this year. 2. Do recognize your loved one’s presence in your celebrations. a. Create an outward symbol of their presence in your heart:  light a candle for them on the dining table, hang their stocking in remembrance. b. Remember some of the good times from years past. 3. Do more »

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Have you had your music today?

Have you had your music today?

Have you had your music today? I recently had the opportunity to watch the documentary Alive Inside.  It follows social worker Dan Cohen as he uses music to awaken Alzheimer’s patients across the country.  His determination slowly spawns change in the care given to so many neglected by the healthcare system. I wonder back to the moments spent with my elderly grandparents (both suffered from some form of dementia/Alzheimer’s) in their gloaming years.  I wonder what would have happened if we had introduced music to them.  We were always in their nursing home room usually without any sounds other than the quiet steps of staff, the sound of the “wheel” on Wheel of Fortune or the groans of a nearby resident.  It really is no wonder they retreated inside themselves and lost such a connection with the outside world.  They were in a sense prisoners on death row awaiting the end.  This film has more »

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know? We have been given a real opportunity to leave a better home for future generations. Larkspur will save and preserve land.  These numbers speak for themselves.  Let us begin today… Info-graphic by the Green Burial Council

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Where did the wilderness go?

Where did the wilderness go?

Where did the wilderness go? Generations ago our ancestors could walk out of their dwellings and in moments be surrounded by open expansive wilderness teeming with life.  I wish I were able to go back and visit the lands of my kin before generations exploited our natural home.  Today encounters with the “wild” occur through the screen of a television or from the window of an automobile. These contaminated experiences filled with television commercials, roadways, visitor centers and gas stations provide little resemblance of the majesty that truly is nature. Considering society’s path, where will future generations find nature? Will there be any left? Fortunately there are many people doing work to preserve, conserve and protect our natural home around the globe. Larkspur Conservation is working here in Middle Tennessee to help save precious land from development.  Our intention is to be faithful environmental stewards while helping people at the end more »

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