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Joining in Membership with All Life

Conservation Conversation with Dr. Susan Eirich May 16, 2018 In May's Conservation Conversation, Dr. Susan Eirich and the Earthfire community explored joining in...

— 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 Deed, but it has been a struggle. How do you suggest things to people that are of real use? What is of real use? And if we suggest it, are we willing to do it ourselves? Part of the work at Earthfire is to look at the larger picture, including the perspectives of all nature, believing that our human-centric focus is too narrow to create real, lasting solutions without including all living systems of the Earth. But even working with just humans, how do we best proceed? Life against all odds | Stock Photo Do you suggest...

— 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...

This second half of an interview with Penelope Smith begins by exploring the question,  “Do animals grow spiritually as they age?”

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