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Cathie Bird
Pioneer, TN
I'm a citizen scientist, writer, researcher, conscious evolutionary, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in Tennessee.
Interests: writing, psychoanalysis, the intersection of science and spirit, spiritual transformation, conscious evolution, my dogs and my cat, earth and life sciences, Qi Gong, listening to music (jazz, blues, classical and bluegrass), other life in this solar system
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My walks through the holler have multiple aims -- to see what's out there, to walk with my dog and visit with my neighbor, and to check on numerous plant and animal species that I observe for Nature's Notebook. Almost everyday, though, I see or hear or smell at least... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at HollerPhenology
The practice of psychotherapy is not for sissies. An agreement to engage in a therapeutic relationship becomes, in many instances, an invitation for one human being to accompany another into the darkest, most terrifying spaces in the cosmos: the depths of the human psyche. It's a private space, the boundary of which is held and protected by the therapist so that the patient can explore those depths as far as they choose to without harm. That's why I find myself at odds these days with the Tennessee Legislature and with Governor Haslam, who recently signed HB1840 -- the Counseling Discrimination... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at In Hawk Space
via From the article: For at least a decade before the Gold King disaster, the mine drainage reaching Animas canyon waters along a 30-mile stretch south of Silverton "had a hideous impact," Trout Unlimited chapter president Buck Skillen said. "We've lost almost all of the trout and a number of bugs," Skillen said. "We've had the equivalent of the Gold King spill every four to seven days over the last 10 years. But the water didn't turn orange. So it wasn't on everyone's radar." Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: For at least a decade before the Gold King disaster, the mine drainage reaching Animas canyon waters along a 30-mile stretch south of Silverton "had a hideous impact," Trout Unlimited chapter president Buck Skillen said. "We've lost almost all of the trout and a number of bugs," Skillen said. "We've had the equivalent of the Gold King spill every four to seven days over the last 10 years. But the water didn't turn orange. So it wasn't on everyone's radar." Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: Kyles was instrumental in bringing King to Memphis for a workers' strike. On the night King was murdered, Kyles was hosting the Kings for dinner. Kyles, who was on the balcony with the famous leader, was telling King to hurry up so they could leave the motel, when King was shot and killed, USA Today reported. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 27, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
When the president and his key officials look at the drone program, they undoubtedly don’t “see” women and children. Instead, they are caught up in a Hollywood-style vision of imminent danger from terrorists and of the kind of salvation that a missile launched from thousands of miles away provides. It is undoubtedly thanks to just this thought process, already deeply embedded in the American way of war, that not a single candidate for president in 2016 has rejected the drone program. via Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 25, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: Attorney general Lisa Madigan’s complaint, filed 12 November, names three nearby hiring agencies and two Illinois restaurants and refers to a larger network of eateries. One of the agencies closed its doors in October after the city issued building code violations; the other two agencies and the restaurants continue operating. In responses filed in federal court, the defendants have all denied the allegations or said such violations are not their responsibility. Talking with the Guardian, the agency owners and their lawyers denied wrongdoing or a connection with the homeless men. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 17, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
I wish all the butterflies I observe for Nature's Notebook would do this! I think I've seen at least one Spring Azure and one Eastern-tailed blue this spring, but I can't get close enough for a positive ID and they won't stay still long enough for me to catch them... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at HollerPhenology
Appalachian Silvery Blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus), 4 April 2016 [Photo credit: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
via From the article: In fairness, Mr Xi was bound to meet with hostility. Many officials are angry because he has ripped up the compact by which they have operated and which said that they could line their pockets, so long as corruption was not flagrant and they did their job well. But Mr Xi has also found that the pursuit of power is all-consuming: it does not leave room for much else. In three and a half years in charge, he has accumulated titles at an astonishing pace. He is not only party leader, head of state and... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 4, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via Interesting research published in Science today. From the article: "An international team of researchers led by Durham University, UK, found that populations of bird species expected to do well due to climate change had substantially outperformed those expected to do badly over a 30 year period from 1980... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 31, 2016 at HollerPhenology
Roy Cooper, the N.C. Attorney General, said on Tuesday that his office will not defend North Carolina officials and state agencies against the law adopted last week that strikes down locally enacted protections for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Cooper, a Democrat running for governor, called the measure “a national embarrassment” that “will set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t repeal it.” via Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 29, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Three individuals and two LGBT advocacy groups early Monday morning filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the recently passed North Carolina law that nullified local LGBT rights ordinances and restricted transgender people’s access to restrooms. “By singling out LGBT people for disfavored treatment and explicitly writing discrimination against transgender people into state law, H.B. 2 violates the most basic guarantees of equal treatment and the U.S. Constitution,” the lawsuit argues. The complaint argues the law violates people’s equal protection, privacy, and liberty rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and their civil rights under Title IX of... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 28, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Protestors, lead by Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, have repeatedly asked Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman to forgo the grand jury in the decision to indict the officers who killed Clark on November 15, 2015. Yesterday, Freeman announced that not only will he not use the grand jury process—which is criticized for a lack of transparency and abysmal track record when it comes to indicting officers—for Clark’s case, but that he will no longer use grand juries for any cases where officers kill civilians. via Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 18, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Ending an abusive relationship does not necessarily end the violence and terror, particularly when children are involved. Abusive partners often use custody proceedings to continue their harm through the children, a phenomenon that Dr. Evan Stark, a professor at Rutgers University and expert on domestic violence, calls "tangential spouse abuse." The American Psychological Association found that batterers are more likely to challenge custody than ex-partners who are not abusive. At the same time, family courts lean toward joint custody, a preference that abusers use to continue harassing and exerting control over their ex-partners. via Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 7, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: Since the year 2002, the company AES has generated between 400 and 1,600 daily tons of this waste while producing the electricity it sells to the Puerto Rico Power Authority (PREPA) and, by a contract with the government, it bound itself to export the waste for which it did not find commercial use. Neighbors and ex-employees from the Dominican port acknowledged that an undetermined amount of that ash material, identified by locals as “rockash”, ended up in the sea. When this happened, it was common to encounter dead fish banks in the coast. "The water... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 6, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
After initially refusing to condemn an endorsement from former KKK leader David Duke, Donald Trump has faced a series of questions about why his campaign has been so embraced by Neo-Nazis and Klansmen. We speak to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino. Levin talks about encountering Trump supporters at a recent rally held by a chapter of the Klan in Anaheim known as the Loyal White Knights, or LWK. via Interesting interview. Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 4, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
“Berta Caceres is one of the leading indigenous activists in Honduras. She spent her life fighting in defense of indigenous rights, particularly to land and natural resources,” said Karen Spring, Honduras-based coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network, in a statement. “Her death will have a profound impact on the many Lenca communities that she worked with, COPINH, the Honduran social movement, and all that knew her.” via Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 3, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
The American media, over the past year, has been trying to work out something of a mystery: Why is the Republican electorate supporting a far-right, orange-toned populist with no real political experience, who espouses extreme and often bizarre views? How has Donald Trump, seemingly out of nowhere, suddenly become so popular? via An interesting and important read. Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 2, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Last spring as the holler filled back up with bird calls, I decided to make an extra effort to identify more of my winged neighbors by sound. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at HollerPhenology
via From the article by Erik Klemetti: It seems like every year about now, the media decides it is time for yet another Yellowstone scare-mongering session. Over the past few weeks, a number of articles and interviews have made some outlandish claims about the chances of a massive Yellowstone... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 17, 2016 at Earthbytes
via From the article: The sacredness of the Second Amendment has to be seen as part of the culty sacredness of the Constitution itself, which maintains a colonial structure. It’s absolutely essential that at some point there has to be a different form of government than one founded upon chattel slavery and Indian killing. That it’s worshipped as such is mind-boggling. With the locked-in argument about the second amendment, even liberals who argue against it adhere to this sacredness, but they just argue that the second amendment doesn’t mean what it says, or that it’s obsolete and should be... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 14, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
Our environmental impact is indeed profound - there is little debate about that - but is it significant on a geological timescale, measured over millions of years? And will humans leave a distinctive mark upon the layers of rocks that geologists of 100,000,000AD might use to investigate the present day? Together with other members of the Anthropocene Working Group we've just published a study in Science that pulls much of the evidence together. via Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 12, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
via From the article: For the fourth time in as many decades, the last wild-running river in the state is threatened by the re-emergence of a giant river diversion and water storage plan. Despite intense and growing local opposition, that plan took an ominous step forward on November 23. On that day, the US Department of the Interior signed an agreement with the Central Arizona Project Entity to study options to further evaluate potential water projects related to the Gila River, one of which is the proposed diversion and storage plan. The proposed diversion project, if enacted, will radically... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 8, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan
On Wednesday, TransCanada Corporation filed a lawsuit in US federal court alleging President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the US Constitution. TransCanada also filed legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, claiming the pipeline permit denial was "arbitrary and unjustified." It's seeking $15 billion as part of its NAFTA claim. TransCanada's lawsuit comes just days before President Obama's final State of the Union address, where he's anticipated to tout his controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, deal. The secretive trade pact between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations could... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 8, 2016 at MicroHawk's NewsScan