THE EARTHFIRE BLOG

Toward a Vision of Hope

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Since we started Earthfire Radio conversations our audience has grown, and we in turn are receiving invitations to be interviewed. We are...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Adrianna the goat wasn’t feeling well in the evening. She refused to get up. She had diarrhea. Worried, we called the vet. "Was she wormed? Was she vaccinated? Take her temperature and call us in the morning.” Easier said than done. Taking the temperature of a feisty goat regardless of her not feeling well was not a simple process. She didn’t agree to it. It took two of us, and she refused to be distracted. The first time she resisted and complained about the indignity so vehemently that Jean took the thermometer out too soon and we had to do it again. Would she ever speak to us again? We had never had to manhandle her before. After all that fuss,...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may."—Robert Herrick Her email address was singnsoar, echoing her two great passions, opera singing and flying. She was a woman who lived her life with great intensity. A world-class opera singer who opened in most of the world’s major opera houses, her gorgeous and powerful voice poured forth from the depth of her, exquisitely modulated by her disciplined craft. An experienced, top-notch pilot, she took people on glider flights to see the glory of the Grand Tetons. A beloved teacher, she helped her students find their voice, believing in them when they didn’t believe yet in themselves. There is no greater gift to give than...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “When you open your heart to an animal and you just allow that awareness to spread out from your heart to that other being, we become irresistible.” —Linda Bender DVM Sometimes a conversation is so good, so inspiring, so healing, that you want to share it with everyone. In the rich, calming, hopeful conversation I share with world-renowned wildlife veterinarian Linda Bender, she speaks of what she has learned from working with animals. It is a beautiful, calming, fascinating conversation, inviting our imagination to soar to what is and could be. When insights are really important, we need to hear them more than once to begin to digest and be able...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Brunnhilde the Hen: We have on the property some very strong-minded, independent and exploratory chickens. There is little that escapes their notice or their investigative interest as they wander the property seeking treats. We are not safe when we leave the office door open on lovely days...She doesn’t respect boundaries. (If only she could type…) Cherry blossoms enliven a local parking lot | Photo by Earthfire Glorious Blossoms: Every spring as I drive through the supermarket parking lot to get my mail, I pass these magnificent blooming cherry trees. There they grow, planted to beautify the lot, surrounded by asphalt, cars, exhaust, grocery...

Voluntary simplicity is a philosophy and a conscious choice to simplify our lives and consume less, for the sake of our planet and for the sake of our happiness. Where we discover that less, is more. — by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “…choose to live simply so that others may simply live.” —Gandhi In the introduction to Duane Elgin’s book Voluntary Simplicity, Ram Dass writes, “A vast new frontier beckons. The ‘answers’ that we seek will be of our own making – they are still in the process of being discovered in our own lives. And yet for many of us this is not enough. We want to see more clearly…how we might adapt our daily lives to fit harmoniously into the larger...

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