Walking The Counsel of the Round Raised Hills

I would venture to guess that anyone reading this will have, even occasionally, gone for a walk. Even a short one down the street after you park your car counts. The vast majority of the places and paths that are walked are sanctioned, determined, marked and mapped. Whether it is Broadway or 9th street or…

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The Umwelt of Anting

Recently a rare picture of a crow in a strange spread out and prone position was snapped in the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary in Victoria, British Columbia by nature photographer Tony Austin. Austin described the moment as “a very odd and violent dirt bath.” But only later when looking at the photo did he notice…

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Boro: The Necessity and the Asymmetry of Resourcefulness

I don’t know about you but I don’t keep my ear to the ground much on high end denim lines or so called “fashion drops” where very limited runs of particular pieces are put online to a waiting list and then snatched up and resold at much higher prices than they were bought at. But…

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Uasau Soap: Weaving The Arctic World Together

Silently, I move towards destiny. Quietly, you Iñupiat, await my destiny. I can hear you as I move, I can see you as I surface. Together we wait, both know what the other thinks. Although we live in different worlds, we exist for each other. I move towards you Inupiat, because it is my destiny.…

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Just The Ancient Ones We Have Not Come To Know Yet

One of the most popular shows on the cable channel Animal Planet is a wildlife documentary series called “River Monsters.” The show is actually great fun and it’s appeal is easy to understand: go to fascinating places and see animals you have never dreamed or heard of. Television watchers love journeys into the unknown, guided…

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How Little Is Enough?: Building The Life of a Place

I’m suspicious of most Rumi quotes that you find floating around the internet because of this article and ones like it with a serious critique that most English translations take out serious content and context from the writing. That said, there is a Rumi quote floating around the internet that says “There are hundreds of…

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The Invasion and The Courtship of the Land

If a doctor says to you “the procedure is non-invasive” there is usually a sigh of relief. The reason for that is that the word “invade” or “invasive” has an aggressive and hostile sense to it. Whether the invaders are direct (zombies), swarming (insects), tiny (viruses) or massive (aliens from space) there is a definite…

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Mugwort: Not Subjugated, Still Dreaming

At the Union Square Farmers Market here in New York City you can buy Mugwort for five bucks a bunch. Which is hilarious because it is a weed and growing everywhere. Medians. Parks. Street corners next to lamp posts. I have loads of the plant growing in my backyard. In speaking with an herbalist friend…

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On The Crucible of Dixon Ticonderoga #2

I’ve been a book person my whole life but I never was much of a margin scribbler. Sure, I had used highlighters as a kid and underlined things here and there but I was more of a visual recollector. I could sort of see in my mind where on the page things were that I…

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The Patrimony of Crepissage

It has been told that one of the subtle violences committed by modern missionaries in Central America was to force indigenous people to abandon their traditional homes of bundled grasses skimcoated with mud for cinder block houses with corrugated metal roofs. The missionaries insisted that these new houses were better because they would last longer…

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