Leaping Man, Leaping Carp, Leaping Dragon: The Animal Ancestor

In the last few days a friend sent me this image above. He thought I would like it. And I did. But it was sent without any sense that it had any meaning beyond “this is a cool image.” Being on the receiving end of an image like this can set you to either quickly…

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In The Presence of the Ancient Sulawesi Pig: A Remembering

I came across these two prayers for pig hunters recently… ‘Dear Lord. May all dogs be blessed with your grace. To all who wander the fields and forests, may you guide them safely back to camp. Thank you for the blessing of hog meat. Let the hunters always remember it is a gift from you.…

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Soil: The Steady Decay

The last few days have brought the biggest snowfalls in New York City, where I live, in quite some time after many years of quite mild winters or at least light on snow. One of the tiny consequences of these storms have been the flipping over of one of my planters where I have grown…

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The Tree, The Squirrel, The Superflight: On The Propitious Flight of Finches

If you live in the northern half of the United States or Canada you will know that the trees there produce fruit, seeds, and nuts that hang out all winter. Sometimes still on the branches and sometimes on the ground at the base of the trees. Trees produce different amounts from year to year based…

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The Scrambling True Mirror

If I ask if all be right From mirror after mirror, No vanity’s displayed: I’m looking for the face I had Before the earth was made – William Butler Yeats, Before The World Was Made, 1933 There is a popular social media celebrity who has emerged in the last few weeks named Bunny. Bunny is…

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The Media Ecology of the Feather Born Brush

When a reporter asked Marilyn Monroe if she had anything on during her nude photo sessions for Playboy, she famously said “the radio.” While this was a funny rejoinder it speaks to the way that a media environment covers and informs us. Shape us. But also how easy it is to be immersed in them.…

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The Soul of The Viking Sword: Burnt Bones of Thy Ancestors For Vigor

Even if you don’t have heritage from Scandinavia, if I said “viking” to you and asked for your associations I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a few references to Thor or Odin or some other mythological figure. Also likely to be on the list would be “pillaging” and to be sure vikings pillaged. Also on…

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The Blinkered Eye, The Deafened Ear

Last year, 1806, one of the Osages, then in Washington for the first time, was taken to see the frigates and gun boats in the Eastern branch – when the Captain of the Port made every shew he could in order to astound him, but all in vain: he was even taken to the gun…

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Indigo: More Beautiful With Time

There is an old story that comes from Western Africa that tells of a time when the sky was closer to the earth. And this story is also of a woman who lived in the land near the Niger River who yearned for beauty. She hungered for her hair and nails to be as blue…

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Morin Khuur: The Lament, The Longing, The Beauty Trash primaldermacare

On the old steppes of Mongolia there aren’t a lot of trees and so a two string instrument like the morin khuur would seem to be a strange one to conjure in that forestless place. And yet, this iconic instrument has been made for thousands of years. In a place you would think that every…

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