Earthfire Stories

Huckleberry Bear Bear • Photo by Michael Stillwater

Black and yellow Swallowtail butterfly on a red and yellow flower growing up through a crack in the sidewalk

How to Be Positively Hopeful

Have you heard about all of the exciting, cutting-edge discoveries that support a healthy, thriving Earth? Probably not. Media reports about environmental disasters, climate change damage, and bad news in general are headline grabbers. Topics that invoke fear, doom, and anger result in more click-throughs, followers, and viral trolling, leading

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Brown bear eating a pie

Top Executive Chef Prepares Pies for Our Bears

We want our bears to be really plump before they go into hibernation, and this fall, they weren’t plump enough for our comfort. Among other girth-widening foods, they were only partially eating their sweet potatoes. Our animal caretakers observed that Teton Totem was refusing his cold oatmeal– he wanted it

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Jessica Hallstrom snuggling with a shelter dog

Experiences that Heal

I remember almost all of them. Not all by name, but by other things—one pair of remarkably upright terrier ears, the way an enormous Great Dane tiptoed so timidly to her kennel door as I approached, the gentle bulldog who needed the folds of his face cleaned with a warm

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Turkey poult

Conversations with a Turkey

It is a beautiful fall day. As I prepare breakfast, from outside comes a series of contented avian sounds. No, not our fine chickens—they tend to only make noises when they are squabbling (a universal feature of sentient Life I believe) or effusively celebrating the laying of an egg. Rather,

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The books Bright Green Lies and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World standing on a rock with foliage in the background

What We’re Reading

At first glance, two new books that address our deepening environmental crises—Bright Green Lies by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, & Max Wilbert and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World by Barry Lopez—seem worlds apart in their approach on how to heal our ailing planet. Even the covers send different messages: the

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High altitude drone image showing the curve of the earth, rivers, and clouds in the atmosphere

Protecting Our Shared Home

Our rational conscious mind can process 40 bits of information per second. Our intuitive subconscious mind can process 11 million. Yet our western culture increasingly focuses on rationality and dismisses our capacity for intuitive wisdom, in our education, our cultural ways of seeing things, and our choice of policies in

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Black and yellow Swallowtail butterfly on a red and yellow flower growing up through a crack in the sidewalk

How to Be Positively Hopeful

Have you heard about all of the exciting, cutting-edge discoveries that support a healthy, thriving Earth? Probably not. Media reports about environmental disasters, climate change damage, and bad news in general are headline grabbers. Topics that invoke fear, doom, and anger result in more click-throughs, followers, and viral trolling, leading

Read More
Brown bear eating a pie

Top Executive Chef Prepares Pies for Our Bears

We want our bears to be really plump before they go into hibernation, and this fall, they weren’t plump enough for our comfort. Among other girth-widening foods, they were only partially eating their sweet potatoes. Our animal caretakers observed that Teton Totem was refusing his cold oatmeal– he wanted it

Read More
Jessica Hallstrom snuggling with a shelter dog

Experiences that Heal

I remember almost all of them. Not all by name, but by other things—one pair of remarkably upright terrier ears, the way an enormous Great Dane tiptoed so timidly to her kennel door as I approached, the gentle bulldog who needed the folds of his face cleaned with a warm

Read More
Turkey poult

Conversations with a Turkey

It is a beautiful fall day. As I prepare breakfast, from outside comes a series of contented avian sounds. No, not our fine chickens—they tend to only make noises when they are squabbling (a universal feature of sentient Life I believe) or effusively celebrating the laying of an egg. Rather,

Read More
The books Bright Green Lies and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World standing on a rock with foliage in the background

What We’re Reading

At first glance, two new books that address our deepening environmental crises—Bright Green Lies by Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, & Max Wilbert and Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World by Barry Lopez—seem worlds apart in their approach on how to heal our ailing planet. Even the covers send different messages: the

Read More
High altitude drone image showing the curve of the earth, rivers, and clouds in the atmosphere

Protecting Our Shared Home

Our rational conscious mind can process 40 bits of information per second. Our intuitive subconscious mind can process 11 million. Yet our western culture increasingly focuses on rationality and dismisses our capacity for intuitive wisdom, in our education, our cultural ways of seeing things, and our choice of policies in

Read More

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