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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A fork in a raised wooden boardwalk through the woods

Action is a Verb

I’d like to believe that a sizable portion of our world population recognizes that Earth is losing natural resources faster than is sustainable for the long term survival of all Life. And yet, if so many of us realize this truth, why aren’t more of us making use of our

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A broken fan and extension cord outside a domestic bear's enclosure

Teton and the Fan

It was hot. Very, very hot. Teton has a thick bear coat and even in the shade it was difficult to cool him off. It bothered us. What could we do? He had shade cloth sprinkled with water, and cool watered grass to lay on, but he was still uncomfortable.

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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
A fork in a raised wooden boardwalk through the woods

Action is a Verb

I’d like to believe that a sizable portion of our world population recognizes that Earth is losing natural resources faster than is sustainable for the long term survival of all Life. And yet, if so many of us realize this truth, why aren’t more of us making use of our

Read More
A broken fan and extension cord outside a domestic bear's enclosure

Teton and the Fan

It was hot. Very, very hot. Teton has a thick bear coat and even in the shade it was difficult to cool him off. It bothered us. What could we do? He had shade cloth sprinkled with water, and cool watered grass to lay on, but he was still uncomfortable.

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