Earth, Sky, Fun: Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

Earth, Sky, Fun: Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai

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The visual and conceptual weirdness of Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai moves from Fort Worth to Frisco this week. by Amy Martin published Monday, December 18, 2017   Fort Worth — The cosmic union of Earth (a petite yellow volcanic sprite) and the sky (a pale white feathered Icarus), the power of love and humor to vanquish demonic forces, how cooperation is the crux …

North Texas Wild: Mathews Prairie goes into win column for prairie preservationists

North Texas Wild: Mathews Prairie goes into win column for prairie preservationists

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 By Amy Martin   The Native Prairies Association of Texas raised $60,000 this fall to purchase and maintain the 100-acre Mathews Prairie outside of Greenville. Photos courtesy of Amy Martin. Dec. 12, 2017 Every day a few more acres slip away. To a developer, a prairie looks like a flat field ready-made for concrete, empty space waiting to be filled. To a naturalist, …

North Texas Wild: Former Dallas rehabber uses care with animal invaders

North Texas Wild: Former Dallas rehabber uses care with animal invaders

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Squirrels and raccoons are the most common critters to make their way into homes. Photos courtesy of Bonnie Bradshaw. By Amy Martin Dec. 6, 2017 Saving animals is addictive. We rarely are privy to the full impact we have on the world. With wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, it’s right there in front of you — until you’re hopefully able to release back …

An American Hippie in Bastogne

An American Hippie in Bastogne

by Amy Martin   Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground. Mother earth will swallow you; lay your body down. ~ Find the Cost of Freedom, Stephen Stills Looking out from the hill of Mardasson in rural Belgium, steeply folded hills of the Ardennes forest broaden out into green valleys. So peaceful, like it had always been that …

Witch of the French Opera

Witch of the French Opera

by Amy Martin The French Quarter breathes with history, an ageless part of New Orleans that never sleeps, never dies. Perhaps that’s why ghosts are there. Ghosts are apparitions of the past, caught in the present where they don’t belong. Yet in the Vieux Carre, they don’t seem out of place at all. Back in the ‘90s, a boyfriend and …

Green Neighborhoods: Lakewood overflows with green amenities

Green Neighborhoods: Lakewood overflows with green amenities

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The Lakewood neighborhood, near Lower Greenville Avenue, features a plethora of retail and recreation that appeals to green-minded folks. Photo courtesy of Lakewood Adaptive Rowing. By Amy Martin  Oct. 17, 2017 A pastoral, urban enclave of green elegance, Lakewood boasts genteel homes and sizeable trees on rolling slopes down to White Rock Lake. To its south is Junius Heights, a region of …

North Texas Wild: Funds needed to save Blackland Prairie parcel in Hunt County

North Texas Wild: Funds needed to save Blackland Prairie parcel in Hunt County

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The Native Prairies Association of Texas aims to raise $50,000 to buy the Paul Mathews Prairie in Hunt County. Photos courtesy of NPAT.  By Amy Martin, Sept. 7, 2017 When less than 1 percent of an ecosystem remains, a few thousand acres out of the millions prior, the opportunity to preserve it is a genuinely big deal. Such is the case with the Blackland …

Eclipsestock! North Texas writer witnesses totality in Nebraska

Eclipsestock! North Texas writer witnesses totality in Nebraska

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Amy Martin, third from right, tells GreenSourceDFW what it was like to watch  the total solar eclipse in northwestern Nebraska with 7,000 other nature enthusiasts. Photos courtesy of Amy Martin.  by Amy Martin, Aug. 31, 2017 It was a lark of an idea over dinner with my husband and our friends Tex and Dianne Frossard – Let’s go see the total solar …

North Texas will see partial solar eclipse on Monday

North Texas will see partial solar eclipse on Monday

North Texas will experience about 80 percent coverage on Aug. 21, during the first total solar eclipse in the U.S. mainland since 1979. Image courtesy of TimeandDate.com.  by Amy Martin Aug. 15, 2017   Total solar eclipses are not rare. Most calendar years have two solar eclipses, according to TimeandDate.com. But the one happening on Monday is the first visible in the United …

Green Neighborhoods: South Oak Cliff is green and growing

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Wildflowers line the park road at Cedar Hill State Park in Cedar Hill. Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. EDITOR’S NOTE: GreenSourceDFW.org and Natural Awakenings DFW Edition are partnering in a series called Green Neighborhoods. Over the year, we are exploring the eco-friendly neighborhoods in North Texas with Green Source DFW reporter Amy Martin as our guide. Amy will show readers …

Q&A: Joey Folsom: Lenny Bruce is Back

Q&A: Joey Folsom: Lenny Bruce is Back

Photos: Chuck Marcelo Q&A: Joey Folsom Amy. Martin has an in-depth discussion with the actor about the great Lenny Bruce, who Folsom plays in Lenny Bruce is Back at the Dallas Comedy House, Viva’s Lounge and elsewhere by Amy Martin published Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Dallas — Stephen Colbert, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher — they all stand in his shoes by taking First Amendment …

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