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Reconnection Ecology
November 1, 2021

Rewriting Our Story

We need a new story in conservation---one that energizes us and gives us hope. As more species extinctions are announced and weather patterns change dramatically, our...

Cactus in a tiny pot

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I don’t quite know how to explain it. Maybe it is normal, but that little cactus I rescued from a souvenir shop (see The Cactus) is blooming again. It started blooming just before Easter (I thought of it as a thank you) and continued, bloom after huge bloom on this tiny plant, for three months before it went dormant. Then a few days ago I went to water it---and it was blooming again! As if it stopped just long enough to gather more strength and then burst forth once more. It not only burst into bloom, but the magnet glued to the pot---the very same magnet that was supposed to attach it to a refrigerator as a curiosity---had broken off, along with part of...

Tiny blooming cactus

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — I saw it on a dark counter at a camping store. There were a couple of dozen little cactuses in tiny painted pots with a magnet attached. They were being sold as curiosities, to be placed on a refrigerator. They had been forced in a greenhouse (climate conditions manipulated to time their blooming) , and brought for sale just as they were starting to bloom. Life, raised for human’s frivolous and momentary pleasure. The chances of survival were slim, as their destiny was to be placed as a magnet on some appliance. It made me mad and sad and I bought one as a plant “rescue.” I didn’t know if it would survive a dark Idaho winter but at least I was giving...

Coyote standing in a grassy field

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — An Attempt at Translation and Interpretation Between Species with Some Kernels of Truth To It Small animals are as important as big ones. Definitely in their own minds, and in actuality, too. (In fact, the most important life forms that support the earth are the tiniest---it is only we who are more impressed by the big.) The small animals of Earthfire have asked me to set the record straight. They are very, very, very important and wonderful. We humans are just too preoccupied and out of it to know it. Definitely our loss. They are not too thrilled with my own orientation that ALL life forms are important---they do think, as we do, that they are special,...

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