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Tag Archives: wisdom

Restorative Eldership

Restoring Eldership to families and communities is at the heart of the sustainability movement. Elders traditionally take the long view on the culture and the world, offering perspective honed by experience when the community faces critical emerging challenges. In conversation with the innovative spark of youngers, we elders are called to hold the long view […]

America the Soulful

“America the Beautiful” tugs at my heart in summer concerts.     Yet with spacious skies of fire and smoke, fields besieged by drought and fruits by flood, with heat waves from sea to shining sea, it is Ray Charles’ lyrics that ring in my ears: Oh beautiful for heroes proved, in liberating strife, Who […]

Dreams for Care of Earth

Can our dreams give us intimations of our need to respond to our wider environmental crisis? Let us consider several dreams reflecting environmental threats.  This first dream, Diamonds and Tornado, is from Paco Mitchell: I am in a house with several others.  A tornado is coming.  We prepare for it by practicing sky-diving maneuvers—ways to stay in […]

Journey to the Ground at Our Feet

Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry once wrote: “The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, however long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch very arduous and humble and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.” Think of the places where […]

The Flood Next Time

The impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York and New Jersey in 2012 was an example of what educators call a “teachable moment.”  The storm got our attention. For some, it helped to connect the dots by showing how hurricane intensity can be a secondary effect of global warming. In the aftermath of the storm, […]

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