Animals instinctively know to get nurtured to the degree they need and then be set free into the wild to explore and be themselves. That’s what they do all day: be themselves. Humans do the opposite. We call our natural state “ideal” and set it at a distance to journey toward through self-exploration. We explore […]
Lessons With Nature
Learning from and with our environment and the nonhumans who occupy it.
If years of snorkeling have taught me anything it’s that some breeds of fish like to cuddle. They like to swim with you, swim under you, trail you, and, after you’ve earned their trust, be petted. Some keep their distance and aren’t into any of that. They are scared or disinterested where others are curious. […]
We have three house cats: Elvis, Gracie, and Oscar. Of the three, only Elvis loves to play alone. He plays with people and the other cats, too, but the other cats don’t play alone. Watching Elvis play, it is clear that he has imagination. He tosses his stuffed mouse in the air, loses it behind […]
The yolk, the egg, the bird are one. But try telling them that. The caterpillar, the cocoon, and the moth are one. But try telling them that. Egg shells. Cocoons. What can these fragile living containers tell us about our lives? Everything we need to know. There is the organism, the space containing the organism, which […]
Dawn breaking like the first time every time. Bees thrumming, a swirl of musical longing, urging on the birds, cows, and flowers whose song is scent. The chorus from within bursting alive, awake, erased and ready in joy. Centered on the floor of the gazebo in the middle of a flattened a’a lava flow, it […]