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Dreams for Earth Day

As usual, I’d like to share a poem this Earth Day. I must admit I don’t actually like this poem that much. No, let me rephrase that. I don’t like the way the second stanza is composed. But in its way it has a conversation my heart wants to have. And in my way of thinking, that’s about the most you can ask of a poem. The question of what the hell to do with myself in these times is one I have grappled with for years. I left my career in the environmental movement mainly...

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On Love & Constancy

In 1979 Jadav “Molai” Payeng was a teenager surveying the damage caused by floods near his village. A large number of snakes had been washed on to a sand bar in the river, and in the absence of tree cover they died in the heat. The episode changed his life, as it inspired him to begin planting vegetation on the sand bar and create a sanctuary for wildlife. Thirty years later a 1600+ acre forest thrives on what once was the barren sand bar. He has been at it all these years. What an...

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Smog & Selfies

You might have seen the alarming images of Shanghai last week. Air pollution reached more than 30 times the normal level, covering the city in what looks like a dense fog. It was so bad that vehicles were ordered off the roads. What struck me about this first picture was how the people seem to be going about their regular business, as though nothing is amiss. Some of them aren’t even wearing masks. This is what we are doing as a species: pretending everything is normal, in the face of...

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We Are Not Alone

 Our present economic and industrial systems can only function to the extent that we insulate ourselves from our love and our pain. ~ Charles Eisenstein In a recent piece entitled “Fear of a Living Planet,” Charles Eisenstein points out the collusion between scientism, our cultural story of separateness, and our destruction of nature. He writes about our culture’s inability to tolerate the idea or experience of the planet as alive, let alone sacred. As he puts it, “science (as we have known...

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Gleanings

  I come across quite a few inspiring blog posts, articles, and tidbits that relate to nature and spirituality and I want to start sharing them. But blogrolls and links pages are too static and quickly get stale. They also don’t give me much opportunity to comment on my selections. So I’m going to experiment with the idea of using this space to share my gleanings on a semi-regular basis. So here are this week’s gleanings. Think of them as recommended reading for the weekend. I enjoyed...

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