Nature + Health

Our First Ancestor- Stephen Jenkinson

Our First Ancestor- Stephen Jenkinson

Mutual sustenance is the archetypal relationship of life. So it is possible to say in contemporary English without any confusion of sequence or cause/effect that whatever sustained your first ancestor is your ancestor. You could call that One your original first...

The Pulse of the Wild- Mary Reynolds Thompson

The Pulse of the Wild- Mary Reynolds Thompson

We came upon it late in the day, after weeks of downpours. My husband and I were exploring the Loop of the Seven Lakes, north of Bariloche in Argentina, when we turned down a deserted dirt road. Mud pools and potholes transformed our rented Fiat into a cross between a...

The Radical Power of Your Sourdough Starter- Sandor Katz

The Radical Power of Your Sourdough Starter- Sandor Katz

For fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz, making sourdough, kimchi, and kombucha is about more than eating well at home. It’s a metaphor for creative systemic change, bubbling away from the ground up.   Sandor Katz is a fervent devotee of fermentation. “In my home...

Display of Pure Magic – Mary Reynolds Thompson

Display of Pure Magic – Mary Reynolds Thompson

July 4th. Illegal fireworks shatter the night’s quiet and spark hundreds of fires all over the tinder-dry Bay Area. My husband and I curl in bed listening anxiously, sniffing the air for smoke. The trees outside our window seem almost to hold their breath. Everything...

Keeping a Nature Journal – Mary Reynolds Thompson

Keeping a Nature Journal – Mary Reynolds Thompson

During the coronavirus, our daily forays into the natural world have kept us sane, and we’ve been extremely grateful for access to a park, a hiking trail, a meadow or a garden. As our world shifts, we keep returning to the landscape for a sense of solace and of...

Where Are You Putting Your Attention? – by Mary Reynolds Thompson

Where Are You Putting Your Attention? – by Mary Reynolds Thompson

Grizzly bears make black bears look like lapdogs. Which is why when Bruce and I backpacked the Grand Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming, where grizzly bear sightings are common, we were more than a little concerned. We only became terrified when, upon setting up camp on the...

Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time- An Interview with Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy and the Work of Our Time- An Interview with Joanna Macy

In recent weeks, reporters, activists, and others have drawn parallels between the global pandemic and the climate crisis. It seems early to say, but we can sense that the two problems are more related than we think, as they are both challenges that we all must face...

Our Symbiotic Relationship with Plants and Trees

Our Symbiotic Relationship with Plants and Trees

Is it possible that we evolved from plants? Could we have cognitive functioning because of plants or need a love relationship with nature? Is our raising of consciousness dependent on our relationship with plants? The answer is ‘yes’; read on and see how and...