THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Ecology, Spirit, and Action
November 30, 2017

Of Lonely Trees & Talking Rivers: Our Conservation Conversation Takes Us Deeper

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In this seventh month of our online community conversations, the fruits of shared conversation, of personal ways of seeing shared among...

Jean sensed something was wrong. He was using the backhoe to dig a pond for our new beaver rehabilitation project. He noticed two killdeer running ...

What role does Earthre play in the larger picture of sustainability?

Behind our words are thoughts and feelings - we are not oriented to the fact that animals are thinking and feeling too even though they don't have words. When we listen to an animal's perspective we listen to a different kind of life. It is like going to a whole encyclopedia of knowledge......

— 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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