— 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 that struck me was straight lines everywhere. The walls, the tiles on the floor, the counters – everything was straight. Where I came from everything was homemade, rounded, organic. The contrast was startling. I had a similar experience driving major highways down to Tucson from Idaho recently. Living here, there is no need to get on a superhighway. I spend much time on the land here with the trees and animals. The town has one traffic light. I was driving my little Subaru in the slow lane at a respectable 85 mph, but...

-- 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...

— by Pamela Jay — Let me share with you……… YES YES YES …there is so much we can do every day in every way to change the world and make our existence constructive rather than destructive. I will share one for today that is utterly AWESOME…… Ellis Jones, Ph.D. reminds us that we go to the polls a few times a year to vote…….but we actually are voting every day by who and where we spend our money. The average American family spends around $25,000 every year on goods and services…. Think of it as casting 25,000 votes every year for the kind of world you want to live in. Dr. Jones has created The Better World Shopping Guide already in its fifth edition and continues to...

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- We are more powerful when we include all of us in our thinking; the unique energies and intelligences of humans, animals, plants and the Earth itself. An orchestra with only one overwhelming sound does not have the power of a full orchestra with all voices in harmony, focused together on one result. In this case, the result is finding a way to live together in peace and joy on our Earth. A single type of intelligence cannot give all the answers. A single perspective has serious limits. Understanding that we live in one large community – the community of life, and operating from that perspective will lead to better results than separating life into arbitrary...

Thunder, an ancient wolf, lay dying. Strong old wolf that he was, he lingered for days in the shade of his favorite pine tree. We finally called Don, our vet, to help him pass on. Thunder lay in our Wildlife Garden, far out of sight of all the other wolves. Don kneeled down, gently gave him the shot, and listened to his heart. The instant the life left his body, all fifteen of our wolves started to howl in a long, low, mournful howl in an exquisite harmony of voices. They had no way of see- ing or hearing what was going on. Yet somehow they knew. Our practical and conservative vet, still on his knees, turned pale and muttered “that’s eerie.” He stood up, looking around for...

-- by Susan Eirich, PhD -- We never really know how things will turn out. Events that appear terrible can actually be positive in the long run. I personally would classify the result of the election a terrible thing, predominantly because of climate change. We humans can survive all the various dislocations that will happen based on poor political decisions, though that is not to discount the suffering that individuals may go through. But with denying climate change we will be affecting all Life on earth. All life lies helpless before us, awaiting our decision and actions. But the good news. We can use this event to energize us to stop depending on government to take action. Yes they...