Reflections

A century later, the plague flying across the Syrian skies is one of a human/military kind, not of locusts.

About a century ago, both drought and locust plagues hit the Middle East with such force that the Ottoman Empire mandated that all men between 15 and 40 go out and collect 5 to 20 kg of locust eggs to disrupt the population dynamics of this migratory herbivore.

A century later, the plague flying across the Syrian skies is one of a human ...

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Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a covenant between equals.

It takes a certain kind of seasoned compassion to be involved in a kind of restoration over the long haul. The rather odd thing about working on ecological or biocultural restoration is that I (and many others) have realized through such work that we are NOT in charge–in a command and control position as tinkerers–but we must instead humbly acknowledge that we ...

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What if our lives depended upon restoring our diets back to a more nutritious fare, than what our food system has offered?

What if our lives depended upon restoring our diets back to a more healthful, place-adapted, nutritious and delicious fare than what our globalized industrialized food system has offered?

That’s exactly what Patricia Colunga and Daniel Zizumbo-Villarreal have been doing with their project on revitalizing the Mesoamerican Diet in a nation – MEXICO – THAT NOW HAS THE THIRD HIGHEST LEVEL OF DIABETES AND ...

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Proud of the Thousands of Veterans that decided to bus into Standing Rock to show solidarity with our Native American brothers & sisters.

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85If we take seriously our responsibility to be fully-engaged citizens of this Earth, not just of this nation state called the USA, how does that change what we invest our time to restore balance to this earth?

That is why I am so proud of the thousands of veterans that have decided to bus into Standing Rock to show solidarity with our Native ...

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James Baldwin’s words from a half century ago are just as vital to our fostering a deep kind of resilience today.

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85At the new African American Museum of History & Culture in Washington DC today, I was struck by James Baldwins words from a half century ago & how they are just as vital to our fostering a deep kind of resilience today in the face of such political, economic and environmental chaos:

“Our task is to bear witness to something that will have ...

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Cool your jets, your crops, your harvesters, at the same time on solar energy.

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85When you think of this coming year, put April 29th on your calendar for supporting and participating in a Climate Change rally in Washington, DC… that will up our collective commitment to reducing the damage and healing the wounds made by a petro chemically addicted economy.

But we need solar alternatives to such insanity as well. That’s why I walked the streets & ...

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I’m inspired by what Clayton Missouri is doing with Panera/St Louis Bread Community Café that they care in a tangible way…

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85If the poor & hungry are left out of any kind of community restoration effort, it is bound to fall short of ultimately healing our communities. That’s why I was inspired by what the community of Clayton Missouri is doing with its Panera/St Louis Bread Community Cafe to show they truly care in a tangible way.

Any poor person off the street can ...

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We cannot safeguard, restore, or help heal what we don’t know or see or believe that exists.

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85We cannot safeguard, restore, or help heal what we don’t know or see or believe that exists. That’s why deep listening & seeing are sacred tasks: to know what is beyond ourselves & our (usually self-centered) perceptions.

In Consider the Birds, Debbie Blue reminds us that “We are not the gods of the earth. We may be frustrated when we do not get ...

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Let us now praise the wild turkey, who once was depleted by overhunting & habitat change on this continent.

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85To celebrate this day, let us now praise the wild turkey, who once was depleted by overhunting & habitat change on this continent.

But with the care & patience of wildlife ecologists such as Aldo Starker Leopold guiding its recovery, the wild turkey bounced back & is now in nearly every state that was part of its former range.

The Mountain Pima people of ...

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What if the way we work and think when we transplant a seedling, tuber or tree into the ground changes?

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85What if the very way we work & think when we transplant a seedling, tuber or tree into the ground changes… the way we respond to the world, washing away anxiety and enlivening our own lives with others? What if that healing act heals us?

Recovering our palpable sense of the inherent richness & sacredness of the world then becomes something that is ...

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Being for peace and healing does not mean giving in; it means using your inner peace rather than weapons.

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85It’s been 6 months since Daniel Berrigan passed into the earth & I can’t get his fierceness and love out of my mind & heart: “Know where you stand & stand there.”

Being for peace & healing does not mean giving in. It means using your inner peace rather than weapons. It means using your hands to heal instead of your fists to ...

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We are here with the capacity to find hidden light of all people, to lift it up and make it visible once again.

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85Alright friends & foes, loved ones & loners, dudes & dudettes, I know this sounds ambitious, but restoring our wounded world & the wounded relationships within it should be on all of our “to-do” lists this next year, every doggone day we get up out of bed.

Here’s what Rachel Naomi Remen once told Krista Tippett about this task:

“We are here because we ...

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This is the kind of language I hear from people who are getting on with the work to be done…

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85Perhaps those of you who do hands-on restoration of the land & healing of the sick & the infirm have the most to offer of our society now in terms of healing our larger wounds.

Listen to what Krista Tippett says about this in her extraordinary book Becoming Wise:

“The natural world is the source & surrounding of our lives”, & it is becoming ...

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You can provide a sanctuary from insanity and mean-spiritedness. Let me explain…

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85How do we safeguard and fortify (like vitamins not like bearing arms) what is of value so that we needn’t have to repair or restore it from all the damage that might otherwise come its way?

The last three days, I have spent hours winterizing, draining and insulating all our pipes, coolers, greenhouses and subtropical fruit trees from a coming storm and below ...

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Let the taste of restoration be sweet & full of fragrance!

Gary-Paul-Nabhan-1-85x85Whether repairing the dome on the Capitol building, mending a tattered quilt made by our grandmother or restoring a watercourse by building gabions & planting pollinator-attracting plants along its banks, I don’t think we can really restore this world’s gifts if we don’t do it with love.

We can’t fully accomplish such tasks with a technical indifference, with an anger over past abuses ...

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