Birdsong

Birdsong

by Guest Blogger September 04, 2018 3 Comments

I wonder how many other layers of reality I’m ignoring. How thin is the little layer of my attention? What are the trees saying? What is the sky saying?....birds seem to be calling me out of the human-words echo chamber entirely.

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Mystery and Familiarity in Arches National Park

Mystery and Familiarity in Arches National Park

by Guest Blogger August 02, 2018 3 Comments

While entering Arches National Park, it is near impossible to stand beneath these natural rock formations and still be worried by the generalities of life. Life, as you have known it, is suddenly on pause. Your life transitions into snapshots as you wander the land in awe, feigning focus on putting one foot in front of the other while your eyes are bound to the monoliths that breach the sky.

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The First of April

The First of April

by Guest Blogger April 04, 2018

This is the season of excess: of mud and vast fields, of chattering birds clinging to trees like black leaves. In a few weeks frogs will sing so loudly you will hear them two miles away. Weeds and flowers and grasses will bolt upward, charged by the lengthening light.

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Seeds of Tomorrow

Seeds of Tomorrow

by Judith Dupree March 15, 2018 6 Comments

The earth, the whole of it, is our garden. Our cross-thatched Eden, a checkerboard of beauty and clutter and devastation. The fertile fields we work and play upon—and litter with our stash of trash and ravish with our wars. Our squash and our squashing.

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Researchers Find the Birth of Civilization in a Nutshell

Researchers Find the Birth of Civilization in a Nutshell

by Guest Blogger February 20, 2018

In Orion, ionized clouds larger than cities and planets billow into space. Stars swarm and explode in a glorious million-year dance. The scientists and reporters say all of life’s ingredients are there. Before I knew of science, my eyes taught me the ways of the cosmos. I could look up at the night and feel at home. 

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

by Guest Blogger February 15, 2018 3 Comments

At the moment, the assumption to question is that we humans have a right to be on earth and that it will indefinitely support us. When the very ground is taken from beneath our feet, where can we stand? What is left to us, when the familiar forms of our physical existence are taken away? Nothing, perhaps—yet I wonder.

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On Having a Baby in the Age of Climate Change

On Having a Baby in the Age of Climate Change

by Guest Blogger January 11, 2018 5 Comments

I've had climate change anxiety since college, but bringing a baby into the universe intensifies it. My anxiety no longer only extends the length of my lifespan. I tell my husband Taylor I regret having a child because I can't stand the thought of Jackson in pain. He holds up our son’s wiggly, plump body. "You really wish he didn't exist?"

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Given

Given

by Guest Blogger November 02, 2017 1 Comment

...truth be told, this field offers nothing worth my time, has no economic value, is not going to end anyone’s suffering, is not going to bring down a tyrant, and I would be better off focusing on the efficiency of my day, the tasks, that which I can control in this little world of mine...

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On Finding the Birds

On Finding the Birds

by Jeremy B Jones October 24, 2017 3 Comments

Beyond my grandma’s living room, I talked to the birds, often to birds unseen. Some calls were easier to imitate than others. The bobwhite sang back most consistently, once I finally managed a passable whistle and could parrot its low opening note that quickly slides upward. In hayfields and from meadowed hills, I called out—the low bob, the high white—and it called back.

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At Risk

At Risk

by Guest Blogger October 19, 2017 1 Comment

I start over, trying different tricks, until I can prop each bloom in a semi-erect position. How ridiculous. I know it will be useless. I am perfectly conscious of setting up a sad masquerade. What is this pathetic comedy for? My own sake, I guess. These sunflowers are in agony, maybe already dead, but I have to pretend I’m doing the impossible to rescue them. I’m doing it, no matter the cost.

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Urban Storm

Urban Storm

by Guest Blogger October 10, 2017

The radar confirms what I sense. An amorphous green mass, outlined with yellow and red, tilts from the well of Texas to the roof of Michigan. I wait for it—the sky like a pressure cooker, eager and dangerous with its current of heat and force.

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Discovering Wilderness in the City

Discovering Wilderness in the City

by Angela Doll Carlson September 19, 2017

I make it a point on this walk to find nature, identify and tag it silently, like an urban anthropologist. It feels like progress. It feels, perhaps, like a down payment on the benefits I’d get from a day in the woods, a week in the mountains, or a night beside the ocean. It’s not the woods, but maybe it’s close enough, I think.

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The Physicality of Things

The Physicality of Things

by Guest Blogger May 23, 2017 3 Comments

I’ve spent much of my adulthood astonished by what I was supposed to learn in school but didn’t or forgot. The earth’s mantle, stardust and the miraculous heart, which pumps two thousand gallons of blood every day. Did God make me forgetful of the body and the earth or is forgetting my sin, a feature of the fall?

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The Genesis of Sky Mesa Journal

The Genesis of Sky Mesa Journal

by Judith Dupree October 27, 2016

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The Mindfulness of Winter Trees

The Mindfulness of Winter Trees

by Renee Long February 12, 2016

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Beyond the Cock-Crows

Beyond the Cock-Crows

by Judith Dupree September 29, 2015

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Harvesting Eden

Harvesting Eden

by Judith Dupree August 19, 2015

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What Nature Teaches: On Suffering and Steadiness

What Nature Teaches: On Suffering and Steadiness

by Judith Dupree May 08, 2015

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Finding Roots: On Space and Place

Finding Roots: On Space and Place

by Scott Laumann March 12, 2015

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Satiety, Tree Beauty, and the Precious Pause

Satiety, Tree Beauty, and the Precious Pause

by Joshua MacIvor-Andersen October 21, 2014

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Adventures in Extreme Gardening

Adventures in Extreme Gardening

by Angela Doll Carlson June 17, 2014

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Mountains Don’t Need My Accolades

Mountains Don’t Need My Accolades

by Guest Blogger November 26, 2013

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Gardening and the Regard of Heaven

Gardening and the Regard of Heaven

by Guest Blogger April 10, 2013 1 Comment

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Dirt Hugger

Dirt Hugger

by Kristin George Bagdanov January 16, 2013

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Watermelon, Watermelon, Watermelon...

Watermelon, Watermelon, Watermelon...

by Stefani Rossi September 12, 2012

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Witness Trees

Witness Trees

by Guest Blogger September 13, 2011 5 Comments

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Walking Gently on the Earth

by Guest Blogger April 15, 2011

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A World Inside the City

by Guest Blogger January 30, 2010

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