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Resilience.org Asked Me a Few Questions
Most of my posts are cross-posted at Resilience.org , a site that functions as a multifaceted, solutions-oriented resource for folks interested in resilience topics such as peak oil, permaculture, climate change, transition, limits to growth, and other matt...
Most of my posts are cross-posted at Resilience.org, a site that functions as a multifaceted, solutions-oriented resource for folks interested in resilience topics such as peak oil, permaculture, climate change, transition, limits to growth, and other matters of interest.
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April Is Poetry Month 2015: Mary Oliver, Kay Ryan and William Blake
"A Woody Landscape" by William Blake How poems are like landscapes So much of what we call reading is actually scanning for the
gist, especially online. We do this all day long with email and the
internet—it’s a way of managing waves of relentless informati...
So much of what we call reading is actually scanning for the gist, especially online. We do this all day long with email and the internet—it's a way of managing waves of relentless information. Reading is something else entirely. One can read a landscape, a garden, a tree, a bird, or a poem.
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Hedgerow Hypotheticals, or Our Cities and Suburbs Need Hedgerows Too
Part Three of a series  on the post-modern American hedgerow, a landscape form that offers benefits to humans and nature.  Part One, “Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape”  can be read here.  Part Two, "Just What is Hedgerow? A Few Notes on History, Form ...
Part Three of a series on the post-modern American hedgerow, a landscape form that offers benefits to humans and nature. Part One, “Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape” can be read here. Part Two, "Just What is Hedgerow? A Few Notes on History, Form and Function" can be found here.
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Just What is a Hedgerow? A Few Notes on History, Form and Function
Part two of a series on the post-modern American hedgerow, a landscape form that offers benefits to humans and nature. Part one, “Where Do We Find Beauty in a Landscape” can be read here. Helping a landscape regenerate includes paying attention to old stori...
One of the books I keep by my bedside is a translation by Seamus Heaney of the medieval Irish classic, “Sweeney Astray.” In prose and verse it tells the story of Sweeney, the King of Dal Arie, who, falling afoul of the Christian Saint Ronan, is transformed into a sort of bird-man cursed to spend ...
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How I Kept the Solstice
Two deer blend  in with the woods near the Des Plaines River While in the midst of preparing the next hedgerow post (to be up later this week), I wrote a post for City Creatures, the blog of the Center for Humans and Nature. The piece is a reflection about ...
While in the midst of preparing the next hedgerow post (to be up later this week), I wrote a post for City Creatures, the blog of the Center for Humans and Nature. The piece is a reflection about sowing seeds in a cold season on what is called marginal land. You can read "A Private Solstice ...
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So much of what we call reading is actually scanning for the gist, especially online. We do this all day long with email and the internet—it's a way of managing waves of relentless information. Reading is something else entirely. One can read a landscape, a garden, a tree, a bird, or a poem.
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Talking about Hedgerows on Friday
My friend Dave Coulter, who coined the name "post-modern hedgerow" organized a symposium on the topic, and invited me to take part, along with several other participants. All things hedgerow will be discussed at the Chicago Botanic Garden this Friday during...
My friend Dave Coulter, who coined the name "post-modern hedgerow" organized a symposium on the topic, and invited me to take part, along with several other participants. All things hedgerow will be discussed at the Chicago Botanic Garden this Friday during the annual meeting of the ...
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While in the midst of preparing the next hedgerow post (to be up later this week), I wrote a post for City Creatures, the blog of the Center for Humans and Nature. The piece is a reflection about sowing seeds in a cold season on what is called marginal land. You can read "A Private Solstice ...
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A settled landscape can be beautiful only in so far as it admits room for wild nature. Before we get to hedgerows' multifaceted functionality and usefulness, and why and how we should plant them, let's start with beauty, a quality not often associated with the mundane, anthropocentric landscapes ...
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“Farming with Native Beneficial Insects” Means Solving for Pattern
A necessary guide for anyone who farms, gardens or who wants to learn more about ecology-based land management Saying no to pink slime solutions Our culture is awash in pink slime solutions. If you’ve seen "Food, Inc.," you’ll recognize this as“solving” the...
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