THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Ecology, Spirit, and Action
November 13, 2017

We Can Be the Light in These Dark Times

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — How can we take action for nature and animals in these difficult times? We have a recent addition to our e-newsletter called One Good...

— by Richard Landry — Do cats feel gratitude? Apparently not, judging how standoffish or even rude they can be to their human benefactors or, worse yet, their doggy housemates. But observe a cat closely, and we can gain insight into a deeper level of gratitude than we normally see in most human beings or even feel in ourselves. We could say that a cat sunning itself on a porch or windowsill on a cold autumn day is a perfect example of gratitude in action, if we consider gratitude to be the graceful acceptance of what is freely given to us. The cat stretches out, closes her eyes, and absorbs fully and completely the warming rays of the sun. She knows the sun is there to warm her,...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — “Listening connects us. It opens a channel through which information can pass on a beam of respect and caring. And then, ultimately, love.”    Susan B. Eirich “I used to know a man who could walk by any cornfield and hear the corn singing. “Teach me,” I’d say. He’d say, “It takes a lot of practice. You can’t be in a hurry….Do this: go get to know one thing as well as you can. It should be something small. Don’t start with a mountain. Start with one seed pod or one dry weed or one handful of dirt. You have to respect that tree or hill or whatever it is you are with….Take the horned toad for example. If you think you are better...

— by Hope McKenzie — Chelsea, a member of the Earthfire team, recently observed a long row of plastic-bagged leaves while on an evening bike ride. “When we put leaves in plastic bags,” she said afterward, “we’re putting all kinds of Life in plastic bags, and it suffocates.” By removing and bagging leaves, we not only destroy the Life living within the leaves, we also remove critical habitat for butterfly and other larvae. Collecting the leaves eradicates a protective space for butterflies and moths to survive the winter as pupae. Worms, microbes, ground dwelling moles and toads, among many others, all depend on the leaves for both habitat and hunting grounds over the long...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — The other day it was lying chickens. Now it is jealous humans -  jealous of the bears.  Kindly visitors had asked what they could bring for the animals. Among other things*, we said meaty bones for the foxes, coyotes, wolves and cats, and cherry pies for the bears. Visitors and bears enjoyed the pies enormously – the visitors watching, and the bears eating. The pies were consumed in various styles:  two gulps for one, setting down for a long pie session for another,  delicately licking the cherries and juice out of the crust for a third. I came back to the office and mentioned how much the bears had enjoyed their pies. I got a chorus of...

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — It snowed the other day, a heavy early snow. Too soon! That was the consensus of man and mouse; woman and chicken. I was looking out at the gloomy day when Jean came to me to and accused, “You didn’t feed the chickens!” “But I did!” I protested. “Well, they say you didn’t.” “But I DID!” He looked at me doubtfully. “That’s not what they said” (actual conversation). I don’t know which is worse, lying chickens or a partner who chooses their word over mine. I ask you, with all due respect for chickens and their trustworthiness, (or not) – who had the most to gain by lying? What they had done, I assumed, is play extra pathetic...

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