Thoughts on Regeneration

How do we know when we are regenerating land?  Lindsay Dailey, executive director and co-founder of the Tribal Ecosystem Restoration Alliance in Lake County, shares the concepts inherent in...

Choose Life

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you...

The Elem Round House

A powerful and poignant short film exploring the painting “Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California” (1878)

Post Doom Interview

Michael Dowd and I in a "Post Doom" conversation:

Lessons from Pachamama – Coming Home

Coming HomeJust days after we returned home to Lake County, we were evacuated for 12 days due to the Ranch fire.  We worried about the loss of our place and struggled with the nearly...

Righting Retreat

Yes, it was a writing retreat. No, I did not misspell the word in the title of this post.Last week I was immersed in a five-day writing experience with others here on Dancing TreePeople Farm. We met at the beginning of each day to set our intentions, in the middle of...

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Breathing Deeply

My starfish self loves the ocean! Usually it is a two-hour drive from my home to the Pacific Ocean - a little longer if I want to put my feet into the water or splash my face with its refreshing touch. Which is why I find deep delight when I am able to spend time at...

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Constitutional Failures

I loved my high school Civics class.  We studied the checks and balances to power that the US founders enshrined in the constitution.  We studied the Bill of Rights.  This class took place the year Richard Nixon resigned and when the rule of law...

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“Tell everyone on this train I love them”

When I saw the photo of Taliesan Myrddin Namkai-Meche, age 23, in his graduation cap and gown it Source: Facebooktook my breath away. It is not just that he was young. It was that, for just an instant, I thought he was my son who lives in Portland and went to Reed...

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The New Superpower

Paul Hawken:"There is another super power here on earth that Is an unnamed movement. It is far different and bigger and more unique than anything we have ever seen. It flies under the radar of the media by and large. It is non-violent; it is grassroots. It has no...

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What Can One Person Do About Climate Change?

This is a great opinion piece in the Washington Post today:  Now it is up to us to Save the PlanetIt is.  And collectively we CAN and MUST take actionAs I see it, our individual action falls into three categories:1.  The Energy We Use2. ...

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Get inspired. Stay inspired. #Resist

Here's the thing--we need to BE STRATEGIC with our energies because overwhelm and cynicism can lead to despair, and indeed this is the objective of the rapid-fire actions coming our way. Shock and awe.First, recognize that we are in a marathon, not a sprint and we...

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Why I March…

Today was joyful, peaceful, powerful... electric and spectacular! (In Napa, we even cheered and sent love to the loud guy with a Trump flag driving by.) We are not protesters. We are marchers who rise up and stand for what we love and value: dignity, justice for all,...

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Limiting Beliefs

I went for a walk in the orchard this morning – in the rain. Magical. Peaceful. Refreshing. And yes, I was soaking wet when I came back into the house with my two equally dripping wet dogs, but we really enjoyed the sound, feel, and taste of the rain. We dried off...

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Fear is Useless

I’m not certain of the exact moment it begins.  Maybe it is when I decide to cruise Facebook and online news sites in hopes that there will be good political news.  Who am I kidding?  Even if there is good news, I am pretty sure that the corporate media...

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View From the Sun

Welcome to the EarthLover blog.  Here you will find art that celebrates the beauty, creativity and sacredness of Planet Earth.50% of the proceeds of any original art featured on this site will go toward organizations and initiatives that help renew, restore and...

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A Simple Mantra.

People keep asking: what can one person do about Climate Change? My simple mantra is this: Soil. Sun. Sacred. SOIL: building a living soil sequesters carbon SUN: The sun must become our primary source of energy. And SACRED Earth means honor nature--shop less love...

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Musings From the Permaculture Garden

Nature teaches us: "The Problem is an Opportunity" Okay so give me every idea you can think of for how we turn this horrific and massive problem into an opportunity. I'll start.This is a very real real opportunity to:--shine a light on how the Tea Party actually...

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The Antidote to Fear…

There is a reason that FDR said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”     He said this because, as we have witnessed in these past weeks, fear creates its own reality.  Above all, it creates more fear— a self-fulfilling prophecy.In...

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How to “Allow”: Create Optimal Conditions and then Trust

When I was nine years old, my fourth grade science teacher had us plant pumpkin seeds in half-cut waxed milk cartons.  I eagerly anticipated the sprouting of the seeds and once they started to grow, I and my classmates measured our plant’s progress each day and...

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Your Power… use it.

This is a message to my Bernie Sanders supporting friends who are disillusioned by both candidates and are considering a "protest vote" for either Jill Stein or Gary Johnson.I get it.  I love that Bernie put a voice to what we know to be true--the destruction of...

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Clarity, Resolve and Fierce Love.

Michelle Obama's Speech is a beautiful example of how to take a stand with clarity, resolve, and fierce love.  Beautiful. Appealing to our better angels: "When they go low, we go high."  I hope that every single American gets the chance to listen to the...

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400ppm – Before the Flood.

I'm looking forward to the release of what looks to be a powerful movie (National Geographic + Leonardo DiCaprio). The trailer itself is well worth watching as we just passed 400ppm on Planet Earth (goal is to stay below 350ppm). Good news: the future is in our hands...

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Living a New Story.

As we look to the future and our relationship with the next generation, we face a stark choice: a path View Form the Sun - Eco Art by Denise Rushingof fear, cynicism, denial and despair, or one of hope, renewal, restoration and of co-creating abundance for the...

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Beneficial Connections…

This is a story about the power of connection.When I first bought what is now Dancing TreePeople Farm, I imagined that I was going to create a fully sustainable life... all by myself.I would grow my own food, make my own energy, put in place a permaculture oasis and...

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Permaculture Principle: Edge Effect

Growth and new life, as well as innovation, comes from the edges where different systems meet.  "Edge Effect" celebrates one of the thirteen permaculture principles. From Tending the Soul's Garden:"Edge Effect refers to that which occurs in a system along its...

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THE TALKING POSSUM DREAM —

I am in an older house--it's the house I lived in when I was 19 years old. There is a gap between the kitchen cabinet and the floor. Through the gap I can see into the underside of the houseI see what looks like a very large rat and it is trying to get into the...

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The Helpers

As the fire rages in South Lake County, we find ourselves once again praying for friends, neighbors and firefighters, checking our own "defensible space" and wondering if people, animals and precious places are okay.Today, my partner Loretta and I decided to run...

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Fly the Airplane

The whole incident took maybe 10 minutes—yet is etched in my mind as hours.  Time was suspended.I wasn’t thinking about my grocery list, or getting my car repaired.  I want thinking about the money in the bank.  I briefly thought about would happen if I...

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Earth Dance

Celebrating the dance of life.  This painting is of Earth, our home, in the cosmic sea, in a dance with the energies of the cosmos and within.  In some sense, Earth is the "biggest why" of all.

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We are Star Dust

10 billion years ago, the star Tiamat exploded into a supernova.  From the explosion of Tiamat came elements such as carbon and oxygen--elements necessary for life on Earth. The solar system formed from the remnants of Tiamat...We are star dust.

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“Edge Effect”

Celebrates one of the thirteen permaculture principles. Growth and new life, as well as innovation, comes from the edges where different systems meet.

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New World View

Here is the poster announcing the opening of my Art Show at the Lake County Wine Studio on August 5th and 6th, 2016.  Attendance to view the art is FREE.  $15 if you want to sample the wine and food pairings.The painting depicted on the poster is called...

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Announcing Art and Wine Reception: August 5 & 6

Here is the poster announcing the opening of the Art Show at the Lake County Wine Studio.  This painting depicted on the poster is called "View from the Sun"  from the New World View series.Attendance to view the art is FREE.  Cost is $15 if you want to...

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What if … You Matter More Than You Think?

(Remarks shared with the UU of Lake County on 6/19/16)One of the things I have always admired about the Unitarian congregation around the globe is its long history of standing for justice in word and deed. My words for you this morning--entitled "You Matter More...

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The “Why” Behind Great Work

I've admired many people in life and all of them seemed to know exactly what they were meant to be doing from the time they were very small.  At least this is how the story goes.  It is as if they somehow popped out of the womb knowing they were meant to...

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Different Dreams

Google me and you might find that I once sat behind a mahogany desk In a corner office with a view of the bay I decided things of importance, and thought myself so  Awake. Ah, but wisdom found my hiding places,Haunting me with dreams of twisting...

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Averting a Desecration

2200 acres of sacred land on the James River. land that has been entrusted to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is at risk for sale under the rationale "money is needed to do our work".  This land represents the true legacy of this congregation and the most...

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Fed Up?

The Movie Trailer is out and the topic is more than a little bit horrifying.. and well worth watching:Michael Pollan is featured in Fed Up .  He is the author of : "Food Rules"--a wonderful little guide  that's essentially a really really short version of...

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The meaning of “Ecozoic”

Origins of the Word “Ecozoic”"The etymology of “Ecozoic” is that it is based on the prefix “eco-,” derived from the Greek word “oikos” meaning house, household, or home, and the suffix “-zoic,” from the Greek word “zoikos” meaning pertaining to living beings. Thus,...

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DIY Walnut Milk Recipe

If you are following Permaculture Soul, you know that our associated eco-farm -- Dancing TreePeople -- is offering a new product that can help you make tasty walnut milk (or other nut milk) at home.  Here is a video that shows you how to make it.Dancing...

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