“There is no despair in a seed. There’s only life, waiting for the right conditions – sun and water, warmth and soil – to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings.”
– Janisse Ray, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
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“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda
I’d never heard of Vandana Shiva before a friend suggested I attend a lecture she gave in California about 15 years ago. I didn’t know she was an international star in the...
“Traffic terrifies me.”
The days grow short. The leaves fall. The air chills, and darkness approaches inexorably. For me, it’s the season of existential crisis: I must conceive my avatar while time remains.
My wife, Malevica, and I are summoned to a Halloween sabbat, and...
“The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects – making it possible ... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.”
– Susan Sontag
I’m reading A Friend of the Earth, the riveting 2003 novel by the commanding, sardonic author...
“Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.”
– Edgar Allan Poe
“Some paradise,” my mother said, a touch of bitterness in her voice. “Phttt!” She dry spit at the acrid, smoky sky.
I was visiting my parents’ home in Paradise Valley, Mont., about 60...
“And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron and your earth as brass: And your strength shall be spent in vain: For your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.”
– Leviticus, 26: 19, 20
From Dust Bowl country near...