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Hounded

— by Susan Eirich, PhD — When I got out of the plane returning the States after living in a village high in the Himalayas on the border of Tibet, the first thing...

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Every year it is a surprise. A delight. A wonder. It is not guaranteed you know. Not to be taken for granted. But it is inspiring! Hopeful! Life bursts forth anew despite the harshness of winter here. Life, is adaptable. Persistent. Hardy. Resilient. —by Susan Eirich, PhD—

Killdeer

I stumbled out in the early morning dark discombobulated by Daylight Savings Time. On my way to the office I heard the first call of a killdeer, those vibrant harbingers of spring in our area. My heart sang to hear the lovely plaintive evocative trill of those irrepressible little birds. I could picture it running on its long slender legs, so fast and smoothly all you see is a feathered body being locomated as if being moved along a track. It is probably already busily looking for a nest site. Is it the offspring of couple that laid eggs here last year? — by Susan Eirich, PhD...

Bluebell's Eye

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- When we do any journey with good intention, be it an inner or an outer journey, we come back home with riches. This is a time where it is especially critical that we journey, in order to come up with the most thoughtful effective things we can do for our Earth and the life systems she supports. The more mindful we are about what we can do the more effective it will be. We must let the sense of urgency energize us but not lead us to quick fixes or waste time on not very useful actions. I would like to share with you a journey I just took in pursuit of how Earthfire can be more effective, and share with you what I came back with. Then I would very much like to...

Hollywood lion

-- by Jeffrey Callen, Ph.D. -- “… widening the circle of conversation to include the voices of all living beings” is a core component of Earthfire’s work. It shifts the essential paradigm of the environmental movement from a paternalistic caring for nature to a search to identify shared interests of all parties. The tricky part is determining who speaks for the non-human participants at the table and how to determine their desires and intents. A beautifully-written piece by Los Angeles Times staff writer Thomas Curwen (“In the footsteps of an urban mountain lion” – 2/11/2017) highlights some of the conundrums that arise when urban areas become home to potentially disruptive...

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