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Earthfire Journal
February 16, 2017

Chicken Politics Redux: The Fate of Orange

Many of you wanted to know the outcome for poor Orange. Here is a blow by blow ( or peck by scratch) description: Day 1- We brought Orange out of Adrianna’s...

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Tonight I drove home in blizzard conditions turning into complete whiteout. I had to stop right in the road because I couldn't see where I was going. Moving meant going into a ditch on the right or possible oncoming traffic on the left. There is nothing you can do if you can't see. When there was a moment's let up I found myself on the wrong side of the road. It is easy to believe the incidents you hear of someone becoming disoriented even walking a few feet away from the car and getting lost.  Crawling a few feet at a time as I caught a glimpse of the road I made it to my 1/8 mile long driveway with its hills and curves. The wind was whipping across an open meadow causing sizable...

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You could understand having problems with bears or wolves, but in fact the chickens cause big problems too. After two years of absolute harmony as a flock, being raised together as chicks, sleeping together, racing around the property chasing bugs under the watchful eye of the rooster Grouse the Third, I suddenly heard a great squawking two days ago. I rushed out to find two hens fighting with intense energy. As I watched a third joined in, with a fourth showing interest. FIGHT!  Outnumbered three against one Orange crawled under a shelf into a corner and crouched down, passively awaiting her fate. The other hens pecked away. Why? Why after years of peaceful cohabitation? It is early...

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All around us are tiny micro-environments that seem like nothing to us, but are life and death to other life. This is "just" a sagebrush, but it is Home, Safety, Life to some other creature. Nothing in nature is "just" anything. It all has importance, and needs to be treated with respect. These micro-environments exist everywhere on earth. Discovering them wherever we live gives us a rich sense of wonder and expands our larger picture of the life in which we are embedded.  It increases our respect for and delight in Life. Share with us ones you discover, where you live. -- Susan Eirich,...

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It’s deep winter here in snowy Driggs, Idaho, where the bears have gone to sleep, and life quietly gestates beneath the snow in preparation for new life, new beginnings. Life springs eternal. Here in tiny Driggs, more than 900 people participated in January’s global Women’s March, each contributing with their presence to a world-wide movement in support of social and environmental issues. And from here, I could see and feel the energy of all the women’s marches all over the world... women, men, and children sharing the same aspirations for a better future, in person and online, through the power of our global, interconnected age. We truly are all in it together. We can see it. We...

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-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- On Sundays the coyotes and foxes get fresh eggs from our excellent chickens. The eggs are inhaled, gone before they hit the ground. You have to be quick. If you stay there to enjoy their enjoyment you hear about it very clearly from the other animals. Someone getting a treat is never unnoticed no matter how sneaky you try to be. If Foxie Moxie sees someone else getting an egg first, the outraged screaming sets you back on your heels. Your first reaction is that there must be some life-threatening emergency. Which from her point of view apparently it is. Loki the fox is a bit more genteel but not much. Faerytale the coyote just sends mute signals of desperation....

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