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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Adam Airoldi, a graduate student in forest ecology and management, and Cate Cogger, an undergraduate in environmental anthropology, have spent several days at the United Nations' international climate change conference in Copenhagen this week.

Arriving days before the meetings, Cate was able to wander around the city and observe pre-conference activities on the streets. She said that on Saturday, thousands of GreenPeace members and empathetic global citizens marched throughout Copenhagen with placards and banners. "Their main message during their march was that the selling and trading of carbon credits is unethical and not a solution to reducing rising CO2 levels within the atmosphere," Cate explained.

Healing vs. Wounds

MCDOWELL CREEK, Kan. - I have just had spine surgery and am currently in the period of inactivity which recovery requires. In the Oxycodone-induced fog that blankets my days, it's hard to separate one thought from the other. I've been thinking of my good fortune in having had a skillful surgeon; I keep reaching for the phone to call my mother, who died of congestive heart failure over a year ago; and my thoughts return again and again to my dear friend Jan Garton, who committed suicide last month. Healing and hurt seem all mixed up together. As T S Eliot wrote, "These fragments I have shored against my ruins." But fragments are ruins, as well as buttresses. Here are three of mine--but whether they amount to a holding up or a falling down, I do not know:

While I was coming out of anesthesia, I hallucinated that my caregivers were looking down on me through a giant microscope, while I lay at the bottom, in a circle of light. Their gaze seemed a part of the light, which felt both warm and bright, the tangible, visible manifestation of kindness. Their helpfulness seemed to match my helplessness exactly, and I relaxed totally into their care. The revelation of their beneficence seemed a glimpse into the nature of the cosmos itself. I was in good hands! Even now I think back on that vision with exhilaration and a sense of having learned something new and wonderful about reality.

WICHITA, Kan. - Months ago, a couple of friends and I gathered at my small apartment after I had shopped at an organic foods store here in town. The excitement of this fruit's acquisition led to the creation of a work of art that will live on forever on YouTube:

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