Artful Land Care

American Progress

In Doctrine of Discovery, Peace & Justice on November 28, 2019 at 10:18 am

I like the idea of Thanksgiving as much as the next white guy, I imagine.  I like it as much as most of my Indian, Native American, and Indigenous friends.  Only a fool thinks there is no need for thankfulness for having this shot to live out our particular existence within and of creation; having the chance to wonder—in our particular human way—what it means to think and ponder our connection—from earth dust to star dust—and imagine what has been, what is, what will be.

Thankfulness should matter.  We should remember this life is nothing without relationship: with humans, with water, with animals, with plants, with wind, with microorganisms, with stars, with dirt.  We should remember we are little without the fullness of creation.

In thankfulness though, we should take note of what intrudes upon the wellbeing of creation.  In our comfort we need to voice that which shatters relationship, kills, damages generationally, and hinders creations wellbeing, wonderment, imagination, and spirit.

To Be Better Than We Are

In Landscape, Reflections, Theology on September 29, 2019 at 12:32 pm

“It is not from ourselves that we will learn to be better than we are.”
Wendell Berry

The canyon was tuff.  Sometime ago, long before my memory or that of my parents, a volcano erupted and spread ash across this New Mexican landscape.  When the hottest of ash returns to land it welds itself to one another and creates welded tuff rock.  Over time, the not so hot ash slowly compacts itself into consolidated tuff rock.

We walked the sand wash upstream to the mouth of the canyon.  Unlike the wide open sage canyons of our youth, this canyon is no more than forty or fifty feet wide at the mouth.  Unremarkable, Belinda and I walk past the mouth’s vegetative slopes.

Tomorrow

In Poetry on May 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

Should reincarnation include animals,
then I hope for the duck.
What life is so wonderful,
as one who can swim,
fly, and walk.