Letter: Learning About the Natural World

To the Editor:

I have learned so much about the natural world from reading Henry Homeyer’s columns in the Valley News. He seems to take pleasure in all living things — even plants confined to window boxes by people who forget to water them or circus animals confined to cages for the edification and amusement of human beings even though they are denied their natural environment. The same can be said of some horses, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats and fish who belong in the wild but whose value as companions or food for adults and children outweigh their right to freedom from domination.

Jon Appleton

White River Junction


Summer Journal: When the Circus Comes to Town, or Anywhere Close, I’m There

Monday, July 22, 2013

I love the circus. I love the sound of the band, the smell of elephants, the thrill of watching acrobats swirling on velvet ropes or swinging from trapezes. When I was a young man traveling in Europe on $5 a day, I splurged and bought a ticket to the Orfie Circorama in Parma, Italy. I didn’t know that Europeans take …