Posts by Shasta Bedard

Grow Zone Action: Habitat Restoration in Austin, Texas

Walk the streets of Austin, Texas and you’ll notice an abundance of colorful bushes and flowers, to include Fern Leaf Lavender, Texas Lantana, Mother-of-Thyme, Autumn Sage, Whirling Butterfly Bush, and Fall Aster, all of which are indigenous to the state. The parks are equally lush. River and creek banks are thick with greenery and foliage. All of this is largely the result of a group of volunteers working with an

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Gobekli Tepe: A Redefining Glimpse into the Neolithic Past

In 1994, near Urfa, Turkey, archaeologist Klaus Schmidt began unearthing an astonishing preserved piece of history that has redefined our previous understanding of human civilization. An especially groundbreaking excavation, Gobekli Tepe dates back to 9600-7300 B.C.E., 6,000 years older than Stonehenge or the Egyptian pyramids, or the era that many had presumed until now to be the start of civilized human evolution. The site holds secrets from the past that

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Helen Simmons, Electroconvulsive Therapy, and the Damage Done

As a child, I spent most of my summer breaks with my grandparents in Daisy, Arkansas. They owned and tended to a large farm there. I can remember seeing them both work so hard but enjoying every minute of the modest and fulfilling life they had created in the southwest corner of rural Arkansas. My grandfather, always busy bailing hay, feeding the cattle, or plowing fields, still took us fishing

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The Women’s Resource Agency: A Lifeline for the Colorado Springs Community

I remember the days I used to spend sitting in the lobby of the Nashville, Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) after school, waiting for my mother to get off work. Just like the families she worked with on a daily basis at the DHS, our family also received provisions from the government. In fact, most of my friends’ parents received food stamps and housing vouchers, so I didn’t feel

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