Barriers
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Water in Ditch
It is 1:47 p.m. 4/18/08; I am currently sitting in my living room on my couch staring at a picture of the ditch dividing the MSU Billings campus. It is subtle; there is no haste or sense of urgency in its movements. Throughout the day the water undulates, passively flowing around obstacles which resist its presence. The effect is calming, amongst an environment bustling with activity. A week before it was empty; an unsavory visual reminder of the desolate winter months. As of now the water has returned, a rejuvenating elixir restoring life to its banks. Beckoned by the recovering foliage, small animals and birds begin repopulating the habitat, adding movement to the once immobile barrier. What is most compelling is how radically the ditch's environment changes with each passing season; made most compelling by the dramatic change in atmosphere brought about by the presence of new inhabitants and vegetation. The greatest lesson I could comprehend is that one's environment can greatly affect one's attitudes and perceptions about the world around them.
Rhys Andersen

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