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The Ecosystem

When I was twelve years old I wanted to save the world, so decided to join the Peace Corps. It sounded like a good idea at the time, until preteen-me learned Iā€™d have to leave the comforts of my Iowa home. So instead, I started bringing home stray dogs. First there was little orphan Annie, then Gypsy. These dogs needed me. My mom was a single mom, way ahead of the divorce trend of the 90ā€™s, but never complained about the extra mouths to feed. We had a strong connection to nature growing up, hunting for gnomes in the forest and believing there were small cities living in fallen trees. To this day, I can feel the magic of the...

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