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December 5, 2018

How Does Nature Heal? Reflections on the November Conservation Conversation with Dr. Linda Bender, Wildlife Vet

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — In November's Conservation Conversation, wildlife vet Linda Bender and I shared a conversation on how nature heals, joined by...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I learned something: Wolves are not convenient. Dogs are. So I finally decided to be practical, at least in this one instance. After having wolves, wolf-hybrids, and a malamute (nearest dog to wolf hybrids, who also didn’t listen and ran away every chance she got), I broke down and got a dog-dog, a German Shepherd. People had been telling me for years to get one, but I loved my wild ones. Then, partly for Jean, who was in need of an excellent canine assistant trainer, and partly because I wanted something that might listen and not run away at the first opportunity into a blizzard in the middle of the night and risk being shot (wolf hybrid). Or run away...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — The Tale of Two Stuck Ducks I was walking by the enclosure where Meenie and her duck family live, when an unusual movement caught my eye. There was something stuck in the fence. That was odd. There shouldn’t be anything there. I walked closer. There were two somethings, actually. Two plump little duck bottoms stuck in the fence, wiggling furiously as they tried to get through an opening much too small for them, back into safety and Momma. They must have squeezed their way through the opening between the fence posts and couldn’t find their way back in. I took one soft brown bottom in each hand and pulled, to the accompaniment of extensive quacking by...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — “The Holy Fool is the most dangerous person on earth because s/he is willing to break from convention to take an action that is inspired from within.” - Joseph Campbell “Each of us was put here in this time and this place to personally decide the fare of human-kind. Did you think you were put here for something less?” Chief Arvol Looking Horse Having just come back from a wellness conference, I shared some of what we have learned about rewiring and helping us manage our wayward brains. One of the ways is toggling back and forth between two brain networks to get us out of negative thoughts and patterns (immensely useful!). Some others are...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — The Experimental Duckling Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be too exploratory (too soon). I will explain……. We had a first here – after years of laying eggs and sitting on them, this July we had an Event. Our lovely brown female duck, Meenie, was finally rewarded for her patience. This was the second sitting of the year. The first one ended in the eggs disappearing one by one until she was sitting on one - and then none. It was hard to watch. Her patient hope and work ended in nothing, the shells of stolen eggs the only testament to what had happened or to the fact that hope had ever existed. If you ever watched the laying of eggs, that alone is...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Who knew where writing about my love of slime molds and their intelligence would lead? I received a request from a woman named Liz Koch to do an interview for her website, and it was the slime mold article that made her call. One question I raise in the article is, how can a blob of cells without any nervous system outperform a computer in laying out the most efficient route to getting to food sources? How is that possible? Isn’t intelligence housed in the nervous system? What utterly fascinating questions this raises! Where might this lead in the ongoing detective story of who we are, our connections to other life, and the nature of life itself? In...

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