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Refusing to recognize difference, makes it impossible to see the different problems and pitfalls facing us.

Quote of the Day: Variety—diversity-has been called the spice of life. But Audre Lorde reminds us that “refusing to recognize difference makes it impossible to see the different problems and pitfalls facing us.”

Commentary: By ignoring the value of diversity in our community, we tend to displace or kill it off. Earth Days have taken us a long way toward recognizing and caring for diversity again. As Mary Oliver once wrote, “All my life I have loved more than one thing.” What are those things in your life?

Suggested Action #47: Of the plants, animals, people and landscapes around you, name those that can you afford NOT to lose at risk of your life being impoverished? Make them your mantra for the day as you walk.

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Gary Paul Nabhan aka Brother Coyote is a professed member of the Ecumenical Order of Franciscans, a graduate of the Living School, a conservation biologist, orchard-keeper and story-teller.

 

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