Posts Tagged 'Reflections'

Borderland Dialogue: Day Three

Gary: Oh, what an irony: We could hardly find the Southwest Key detention center for unaccompanied minors in Tucson, but when we met our Lebanese relatives at their historic Gardner Hotel in El Paso, they had a few surprises for us, didn’t they?

Kristy: I would say so. Another Southwest Key detention center was right next to the hotel, less than 50 yards from where the rooms were that our cousins graciously offered us. The windows are all closed tight, the ...

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We were at the Annunciation House where individuals are reunited with their families.

There is a lot of compassion here in the borderlands. Borderlanders are telling us that the only way to understand the complex situation is to “Come and visit. Eat the food. Talk to people.” Indeed. We spent time this morning at the Annunciation House where individuals are reunited with their families. Incredibly moving… expectant mothers from El Salvador, a father and son from Brazil, young men from across Central America.

So many people fleeing violence and disarray yet we are feeling ...

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Borderlands Dialogues: On Empathy & Accompaniment, Part 3

Gary: Do you know what really touched me today Kristy, while you were talking to the mothers from Guatemala and Mexico who were stranded, waiting to be processed at the DeConcini Gate at the Nogales Port of Entry?

Kristy: So much of what we saw and heard there was moving to me, since it was my first time at the border there. But what moved you?

Gary: It was the excitement of the face of the 8-year old boy from Guerrero, Mexico, ...

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Borderlands Dialogues: On Empathy and Accompaniment, Part 2

Gary: Tell me, cousin Kristy, what questions are going through your head right now.

Kristy: Thanks for asking this, Gary. I am wondering how we can fathom all we are seeing and hearing here:

How can we begin to understand what is going on at the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands today? How can those of us who live far from the border grasp the complexities of movements, detainments, humanitarian outreach, and even pro-wall proponents?

So indulge me by joining with me in an exercise in ...

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Borderlands Dialogues: On Empathy and Accompaniment, Part 1

Kristy: Well, cousin, we are finally out along the border… So what do you see as our task, or tarea, for this trip?

Gary: It seems to me that the U.S./Mexico has become more politicized that at any point in its 170-year history. So perhaps our task is not to further politicize the already volatile and politically contested conditions here. Instead, we are hoping to rehumanize, rather than dehumanize the many who have been caught in the crossfire here.

Kristy: From Nogales ...

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Pilgrimage for Justice Across Borders for All Children: Preamble

When Kristy Nabhan-Warren & I set off today (celebrating her birthday along the way), we will be traveling at least 600 miles along the U.S./Mexico border in a 1500-2000 mile pilgrimage to listen to residents from both sides of the border, to stand with them as they struggle for greater justice & to find a greater context for what is going on with our current refugee crisis than radio & tv sound bites can permit. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon ...

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Pilgrimage for Justice Across Borders for All Children – She’s on your case Mr. Sessions.

Don’t talk to me about your patriotism, Mr. Sessions,
When you won’t protect our country from the Russians,
From Koreans and from hate-mongers within our own country.

We’d rather see you express some patriotism,
a touch of compassion for those who need it the most.

After all, you’re an old post-reproductive man, Mr. Sessions,
& have nothing to lose by showing your feminine side (if any)
To demonstrate your full humanness.

No ...

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Pilgrimage for Justice Across Borders – Let’s put these Children’s Welfare Before our own Ideologies.

An overwhelming majority of Americans from all political parties want to see the entire range of minors in the so-called child detention camps—from infants in their first year of life to seventeen year-olds in those facilities— better cared for, and more quickly reunited with their parents, wherever they may be. However, our country seems divided about what is actually happening in those facilities—from infants in their first year of life to seventeen year-olds in those (often makeshift) facilities that are ...

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The Upcoming Pilgrimage for Justice Across Borders for all Children

Stay tuned the next two weeks at my cousin, Dr. Kristy Nabhan-Warren of the University of Iowa joins me on the border to blog together about what is happening on the ground to help the many Central American & Mexican children caught between a rock & a hard place.

They have been sidelined and set back by divisive immigration policies & developmentally insensitive child care protocols which have separated infants from their mothers, brothers and sisters.

Here is an image at the ...

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There is No Such Thing as the World’s Best Tomato!

Dear Jere Gettle and Friends at Baker Creek Seeds, Have you gone nuts or just gotten greedy? THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE WORLD’S BEST TOMATO. There is simply an astonishing diversity of tomatoes, each of which tastes great in different climates, under different growing conditions used in different recipes.

Now quit trying to sell us silver bullet “superfoods” and get back ...

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Fifty-Two Palestinians Killed and 2500 Injured by the Israeli Military in Just One Day

Fifty-Two Palestinians Killed and 2500 Injured by the Israeli Military in Just One Day, as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump smile for a photo op at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem? I am inconsolable about the loss of life on the Palestine-Israel border today, and how Trump and Netanyahu have placed citizens of both countries in further danger.

After visiting Israel and the ...

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Be on the look for Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair my forthcoming book from Chelsea Green Publishing

Be on the look for Mesquite: An Arboreal Love Affair my forthcoming book from Chelsea Green Publishing, with a forewood by the legendary Petey Mesquitey.

FROM A PREVIEW ALREADY ON THE WOOD-WIDE WEB::

In his latest book, Mesquite, Gary Paul Nabhan employs humor and contemplative reflection to convince readers that they have never really glimpsed the essence of what he calls “arboreality.”

As a ...

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San Valentino Walks Out Into the Woods

the earth is beckoning us
to fall back in love
with all of creation
and to never forget
the embrace
we’ve been borne into
the one in which we still reside.

being who he was
San Valentino a Roman dude, one
who slogged through the Middle Ages
could not fully express
the downright, full-bodied sensuousness
of living in & on this very earth
but if you need a jumpstart
for rekindling your love, well
go out & wade naked in a ...

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America is inherently a place of awe – inspiring heterogeneity rather than mind-numbing homogeneity.

America is inherently a place of awe – inspiring heterogeneity rather than mind-numbing homogeneity. Some of that heterogeneity inevitably includes social, cultural and political counter-currents and much-needed debates regarding how to deal with the disparities and indignities around us.

But that fact alone does not necessarily mean that we are fated to live forever on a battleground where polarizing (if not paralyzing) divisiveness ...

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I want to thank Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, for redressing relationships and healing past wounds.

Some of the most important work being done on our Turtle Island “continent” today is in the realm of what Rowen White calls “seed” rematriation, bringing indigenous crop seeds back home to their motherlands and stewarding cultures that have the deepest ties to these food resources.

A decade ago, I was blessed enough to have coordinated with Leigh Kuwanwisiwma of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office one ...

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Six Meditations on the Desert from Brother Coyote

I.

Once you take time
For listening
To nothing
But the silence
Pulsing like your heartbeat
Across the arid expanse
Sounds from far away
Which your ears
Have never heard
Suddenly come
To greet you.

 

II.

If we define the desert
Only by what it lacks
We may miss
All the space it offers
So that we may see
That all we’ll ever need
Is already here, here.

 

III.

For you little trees in the desert
It’s not about how high
Your limbs rise in ...

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My gratitude to all women who taught me more about “community building” within and beyond our own species, than I could ever teach them.

I’ve recently observed that many of the most interesting ecological restoration projects focused on food and medicinal plants are managed by teams of (primarily) women who structure the project’s relationships to local communities in ways far more interesting & effective than the way men have conventionally structured such ecological restoration initiatives.

For instance, herbalists, educators, basketry-makers, soil scientists, landscape designers and individuals of ...

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People are putting aside minor differences and Collaborating on many Social, Ethical, Political, Environmental and Economic Issues.

Going into the New Year, I am overwhelmed by the emerging evidence that many peoples in America are putting aside their minor (but not necessarily petty!) differences and collaborating as a unified front on so many social, ethical, political, environmental and economic issues.

As my friend Phil Caputo recently suggested to me, America has really been divided in a major way since the ...

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Consider some affirmative action for life itself with someone with whom you have once suffered strife.

No, its not another New Years Resolution. Its a dream I had last night, that each of us found ourselves planting something: a bulb, a tree, a tuber, a seed, with our hands and the hands of someone else with whom we have had disagreements or distances doing the work for this transplanted life together.

Our hands were in the same earthen opening, ...

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Jerry Konanui, the Native Hawaiian expert on kalo and many other traditional plants, has passed.

Jerry Konanui, the Native Hawaiian expert on kalo and many other traditional plants, has passed. He was a bridge between so many kinds of knowledge: Native Hawaiian, Western scientific, agricultural, culinary and visceral.

The last time I was with him, he was patiently instructing young Hawaaians on how to tell variouis varieties of kalo (taro) by the most subtle details of coloration of ...

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