— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — For more than 100 years it grew, gracing the home of the people who planted and gave life to it. It added a note of beauty and peace to the center of the small town, heralding spring with the fresh green of bursting buds, town crier for the renewal of life. It gave shade and coolness in the summer, bent with limber limbs in the winds, turned a golden yellow in the fall, glowing in the late afternoon light. It watched over births, triumphs, tragedies and deaths; over generations of humans each locked into the perspectives of their own short lives. The willow was there, greening, gracing and growing. Times changed. The town grew. The willow just grew...

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — Things used to be simple. There were two kingdoms, plant and animal, and one kind of real intelligence – human. Then we discovered that Life is creative and complex…Enter the brilliant slime mold. Every now and then a new scientific discovery is made that is so exciting, so paradigm-shifting, that we need to share it as widely as possible; to think about it; discuss it, absorb it into a new world view of the nature of Life. The good news--it is a worldview that, if we adopt it, will help with our environmental crises. It is so amazing it can’t help but foster respect and wonder for all life. As a little girl I was fascinated by slime molds....

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — No more bears. Nighty-night bears. Bears all gone. No bears anywhere... Does anyone see any bears? No – no bears. Our five sleepy bears are all tucked in for the winter. They may be magnificent. Huge. Powerful. Have great dignity. But they are also complete beings like us and have their moments of vulnerability. Who among us doesn’t want to make a warm cozy safe bed in the cold, cold dark and snuggle in and settle in and feel hidden and protected? Do we want to be talked to seriously as equal beings at that time or do we want to be told bedtime stories, called sweet nicknames and told sweet nothings? Bears are no different. We all become vulnerable...

— 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...