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    The Generosity of Mother Earth

    Having lived for much of the last fifteen years in arid areas of this continent, and having unexpectedly returned to the East Coast about six months ago, I am still astounded at the bounty of life around me. What a difference rain makes! I am also increasingly and profoundly grateful for the generosity of Mother Earth. In most parts of the planet, if there is a patch of ground left untampered with, Mama Earth will grow something there. If a lawn or meadow is left unmowed, saplings will begin to grow alongside the flowers. And in a decade or so, there will be a new woodland. It’s rather miraculous how…

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    Talking with Animals and Trees

    Do you talk to animals and trees? If so, you’re not alone! If it were 600 years ago or so, I have no doubt that I would have been hung or burned at the stake by now. Why? I talk to animals and trees. If we were living at the height of the witch hunt hysteria, I’m sure my neighbors would have thought I was uttering curses or incantations or what have you. They probably had no concept of the kinship of humans and Nature. (Although our more ancient ancestors did. There are many legends of a time long ago when animals talked to us and we could understand them.…

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    Eating Locally Grown Food

    For over a month now, ever since I found a short cut to work, I’ve been feeling guilty. Why? Every morning, five days a week, I pass a farm that sells eggs. And I don’t stop. Why? I eat eggs! I can tell the difference between free-range eggs and corporate-farm eggs. (They taste infinitely better and don’t look so anemic. The yolks are often a vibrant yellow.) I want to support local farmers. I am grateful for local farmers! So, why don’t I stop, you may ask? Because I have to drive down a long lane first. Yes, I’m aware that makes me sound like an idiot. And I feel…

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    Native American Issues Now

    November was Native American Heritage Month. To honor this, there was an online symposium on November 29th organized by the local advocacy group, Arrows 4 Native Americans, and co-sponsored by BSCAPE (Bucks Students for Climate Action and Protection of the Environment.) Both organizations are non-profit groups located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and dedicated to supporting Native American communities across the continent as well as protecting the environment both in our country and around the planet.  At this symposium, there were nine speakers present from all over the continent, including two Lenape chiefs, a member of the Lenape Elder’s Council, and a Lenape chief’s granddaughter. (The Lenape are the people indigenous…