Reflections

We need to make America grateful again, and safe for all neighbors, to the needs of all the generations yet to come.

“in the desert, every thing
sticks, stinks or stings.”
we used to say, but nothing
sticks, stinks & stings as much
as the political divisiveness,
ideological chasm & ethical perils
that this country
has hunkered down into.

i would take the deceptive bareness
& downright humbling austerity
of a real desert any day over
the impoverishment of good will
among otherwise caring human beings
that we have been hearing
day after day since november’s election.

we need to make america grateful again
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We need more bridges & equitable, fruitful collaborations, not more walls above us & pipelines below our feet.

It is becoming the rallying cry of an entire generation: “We need more bridges & equitable, fruitful collaborations, not more walls above us & pipelines below our feet.”

That’s why I am so supportive of the solar wall proposal for the border advanced by poet Homero Aridjis, scholar James Stamey and scientist Vasilis Fthenakis: Homero and James’ initial Solar Wall Proposal; but ...

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We need to design our own behaviors and constructed places, as if nature’s many graces matter.

While visiting Biosphere 2 today to see the agrivoltaics pilot project that Greg Barron-Gafford & others have implemented on our seed grant, I felt the presence of Rafe Sagarin, the brilliant tide pool ecologist and national security science advisor who was killed while bicycling at B2 a couple years ago.

If Rafe were living through this particular moment in history, he would likely be ...

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Take the risk to restore your capacity for creativity to your daily activities.

Amigos, it can be said that business as usual will not be enough for us to restore our home to its highest productive and creative capacity. That’s why I have asked creativity and innovation thought leaders Larry Robertson and Damian Valles to offer 50 of us a 6 hour workshop tomorrow (Monday) that reminds us that creativity is ALREADY the common language ...

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What exactly is the highest calling, that each of us can engage, to the current state of the world?

What exactly is the highest calling that each of us can engage in with respect to the current state of the world?

For me, it is to collaboratively engage in jump-starting the regenerative capacity of landscapes & communities to heal the wounds of the past & to foster an abundant future for all species and all peoples.

But to ensure that such regenerative capacity ...

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Flowers wherever you are, keep our wayward species alive & full of grace!

Oh am I grateful today for the first flowers, breaking bud on the Mission almond tree outside our front door; the first California poppies lining the roadside below our home.

Politicians & pundits can try to disrupt our democracy or shock us into anger, but they cannot rob our joy in the delights of the other-than-human world at our feet.

Let yourself be re-energized ...

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Eight days on the border in the field is changing our perceptions of what this landscape’s all about.

My home is within 15 miles of the U.S./Mexico border, where I am helping co-host a borderlands justice field course called “ecotones of the spirit” this week. It has been engaging Fred Bahnson’s students from Wake Forest University, Alison Deming and Paco Cantu’s University of Arizona Haury Program fellows, a couple of David Seibert & Ron ...

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A Franciscan Manifesto for Divesting Your Ego

 

  1. Divest yourself of any monetary or material possession that is there for the sake of your ego and identity.
  1. Do nothing that fosters greater social disparity; divest yourself of any real or perceived privileges.
  1. Wear no uniforms or logos that identify yourself with a class of “winners”.
  1. Recuse yourself from assuming or maintaining positions of power, authority or expertise.
  1. Get free of defining your true self through your accomplishments.
  1. Refrain as often as humanly possible to “show off” by drawing ...
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Nearly every form of agriculture on this planet has drawn on plants & animals from other regions.

Nearly every form of agriculture on this planet has drawn on plants & animals from other regions, but that fact does not negate the value of the adaptations of place-based plants from our own home landscapes in potentially helping us adapt to climate change.

The wild “native” plants we need to develop as food crops should be apt at helping to sequester carbon, ...

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We have an obligation to explore previously unrecognized possibilities within our own landscape.

In my introductory essay in Mario Del Curto’s new book of photographs, Seeds of the Earth: The Vavilov Institute (2016), I remind readers that a century ago, plant explorers like Nikolai Vavilov, Liberty Hyde Bailey, David Fairchild and Frank Meyer were well-known public intellectuals, celebrated adventurers and valued ethnographers of farming peoples still active in the far reaches of this world.

The public ...

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Saint Francis of Assisi was also the first “impact divest” or in the Western World.

Saint Francis of Assisi was not only one of the first conscientious objectors and civil disobedience; he was also the first “impact divest” or in the Western World.

At a rather young age, he declared himself to be free of the burden of material and financial wealth inherited from his father, a rich transnational merchant.

He also literally “divested” by taking off all of ...

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We need to show others that the planets health is more important than any of our own material wealth.

Last night at Carleton College, I divested myself of the honorary PhD degree that the college bestowed on me over fifteen years ago, to encourage Carleton’s president and board of trustees to divest its fossil fuel stocks as a means to slow or reverse climate change.

But we all need to divest of material goods, privilege and power to show others that the ...

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We are now seeing chasms in civic life deeper and wider than ever before.

What doesn’t need healed in this nation at this moment in time? A Democratic senator censured for simply reading a twenty year old caution from Coretta Scott King!

A presumptuous president ridiculing perfectly respectable judges; we do not need any more wounds or divisions.

We are now seeing chasms in civic life deeper and wider than ever before.

Find someone in your life that has felt slighted, ...

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What am I asking of you: to take seriously question of what YOUR CALLING might be…

In his fine book, Repair My House, Capuchin Franciscan environmental economist Michael Crosby reminds us that when Francis of Assisi heeded the call to “Repair My house, for you can see it is falling into ruin,” he took the command literally and repaired the dilapidated San Damiano church.

However, he quickly realized that it is was also the haughty, misguided and “sinful” structures ...

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