Group Highlight pays tribute to Redwoodman (1950-2021)


Great Blue Heron stands at the edge of a pool near a blooming lotus plant.
Billy Heron inspecting Lily Pool in Redwoodman’s yard

“Redwoodman exemplified what it means to do science in your yard: watching and questioning about nature in his day by day life, sharing what he realized,” observes OceanDiver. “He had an uncanny expertise for getting into the spirit of the creatures he knew. He was humble as a refrain frog, fierce as a heron, light as a pond lily, playful as Doug the squirrel. His hilarious long-running saga of Frog Court docket was a stinging satire of the bureaucratic machinations utilized by builders finagling the authorized proper to take advantage of nature. Redwoodman’s creativity was each literary and sensible. He bought stuff finished by advocating for many who need assistance, and exposing the exploiters.”

Angmar, who collaborated with Redwoodman when writing tales, remembers him as “one in all my first mates right here. He was witty, ironic, and well-informed concerning the setting. A really proficient and authentic author, I used to be fortunate to know him. He is in all probability essentially the most fascinating individual I’ve met and he had a coronary heart as large as a retention pond.”

In 2018, Redwoodman wrote about his most cancers analysis after which told of the remedy that led to a remission just a few months later. He claimed the Group’s help and good cheer made him really feel higher than the hashish that “helps me coast alongside amid tides of fears and feelings.” He famous that “dozens of oldsters confided of their feedback that they have been experiencing varied phases of their very own cancers, from these in full remission who had fought it for a decade, to older males like myself with newly-discovered prostate most cancers … Most of us shared a cry collectively. Their help helped me overcome a particular form of loneliness. I’ll all the time marvel that so many of us, whom I’ve solely identified by way of arguments over politics or discussing Cooper’s Hawk identification, would take the time to reveal their very own feelings in sympathy with my plight.” That remission ended earlier this yr, and Redwoodman died at house on Might 23.

BrownsBay summed up his memory, ”The light kindness of that man merely exuded. Such a pleasant man as there ever was.  I’m so unhappy, a lot so, for his family and friends. Frog Court docket is now adjourned.”

OceanDiver claims, “I’ll drastically miss Redwoodman’s presence on Day by day Kos. However I can hear him now within the refrain of frogs joyfully calling from the wetlands close to my house. For those who hear, you could hear him too.”

Whether or not you linked with Redwoodman as a fellow union supporter, environmental activist, nature lover, most cancers affected person, or speaker to frogs, please share your recollections in a remark.

Redwoodman holds a refrain frogs who hatched in a magical yard pool.

4 Rescued Tales from 1 PM PDT Friday, June 4 to 1 PM PDT Friday, June 11, 2021

Group Highlight’s Rescue Rangers rescued not less than 75 of Redwoodman’s tales. We all the time appeared ahead to seeing one publish on our shifts, though usually his tales didn’t want our assist to draw readers.

We search for well-done work providing an authentic standpoint that isn’t getting the eye it deserves. At the very least one Ranger reads each story printed by Group writers. After we uncover superior work that deserves extra recognition, we rescue it to our group blog and publish a weekly assortment—like this one—every Saturday at 7:30 p.m Pacific time. Rescue priorities and actions have been defined in a earlier version: Community Spotlight: Rescuing your excellent stories for over 14 years. 

In Democrats need more accountability, GShaw suggests eight accountability reforms that may assist make sure the Democratic Social gathering doesn’t develop into “an official opposition get together … that’s allowed to win some seats however faces a scenario so gerrymandered and rigged towards them that this represents solely a token present of democracy.” GShaw joined in 2014 and has written 83 tales. That is their first rescue.

The Barnum Effect and the GOP: A peek inside the freak show examines “the delusions People have of ourselves relating to race, cash and energy” by way of the lens of P. T. Barnum. Vjr7121 claims that America is hostage to “the systemic racism that permeates our founding premise,” with the GOP ignoring what most of the most-quoted sections of the Structure actually imply. “The Barnum Impact” offers a license to disregard what’s inconvenient and ends in at this time’s carnival barker-esque strategy to politics. A member since 2017, Vjr7121 has written 180 tales, with 25 rescued.

In We won’t dump the electoral college, and I don’t even think we should. Do this instead, Textus describes two election reforms to “shield us from the instability our system now demonstrates … What we’d like is a system that reduces areas of competition and will increase the rights of the folks … It must create an electoral faculty that higher displays the proportionality of the vote, decreasing—even eliminating—circumstances through which the popular-vote loser wins the electoral vote.” Textus joined in 2004 and has written 119 tales. This can be their first rescue.

Talk to me when is each a poem and a warning. BellaEssex laments present makes an attempt to stifle dissent, deny the implications of local weather change, and erase democracy.

“Speak to me when the sky has darkened the solar

When rivers run dry and when there are none

Who can roll again the time when flowers stay,

And in all places appears to be like like a abandoned plain”

That is the primary rescue for BellaEssex, who joined in 2020 and has written three tales.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT is devoted to discovering nice writing by group members that isn’t getting the visibility it deserves.

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** Yesterday, siab additionally wrote a memorial story that features extra textual content from Redwoodman’s tales that inform of his life—RedwoodMan (6412093) has left us (update on a fuller memorial tomorrow/Saturday)—and other people left memorial feedback.