As we engage in a bitter debate over national resources and public commons, it’s important to take a step back and remember that nature on its own has an intrinsic value and worth.
When I travel urban areas, I am always seeking for something green. A pocket park, a strip of landscaping, a row of potted plants, in some cities ancient cemeteries tucked away, New York’s High Line. I crave the green just as plants themselves crave the sun, turning myself towards it to bask in the light […]
Humans are very rarely in a state of stillness. We live in a culture of constant drive, in which being stationary or taking time to reflect is viewed in a negative way, or as an affectation of the rich, for only those who are wealthy can afford to be lazy. This, however, is a mistake […]
One of the things humans seem to struggle with most is the idea that, to put it bluntly, we don’t always get what we want. We can’t have our cake and eat it too. We need to accept that sometimes we need to make sacrifices for the greater good. You get the general idea, and […]
I thought I wouldn’t need to debunk one of the most ancient myths about rural life, but I guess I do, so here goes: Yes, we have modern conveniences. The very fact that you’re reading this post should be a clue: Obviously I have access to some form of power and an Internet connection. In […]
We’re walking down a forest trail, alternately pointing things out. ‘This is trillium,’ she says, pointing at a brilliant white flower. ‘Sorrel,’ I say. ‘It’s edible, in small amounts.’ ‘Pepper root…red huckleberry…miner’s lettuce…nettle…’ We trade back and forth, bits and pieces of knowledge about the plants and what you can do with them. Sometimes one […]
Every now and then, my landlords go away and I have the privilege of looking after their flock of chickens. This is pretty much a win-win for me, because I love chickens, and I have a soft spot for farm-fresh eggs. Watching chicken social dynamics is particularly interesting to me, because while they are flock […]