Find Your Ruby Slippers

With the arrival of this month’s first New Moon, I’m sashaying through the sand dunes of Provincetown, MA, in ruby slippers. They’re Crocs actually, but feel as magical as any pair of sequined organzas with overlays, except more flip floppy. The September 1 New Moon which arrives at 5:03 a.m…

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Celestial Navigations for My New Moon Healing

  New Moon – Nov. 11 /Brings out winter. Full Beaver Moon – Nov. 25  / “Shred or chop leaves and add them to the compost pile.” The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Calendar 2015. This past weekend, I found my way back to my garden with a renewed intention for…

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Tilling Soil and Soul In the Aftermath of Climate March

This year’s People’s Climate March (PCM), you will recall, culminated with estimates of nearly a half million marchers from all points on the globe, who organized to challenge the world’s leaders on issues of environmental and social justice, the corporatization of natural resources, energy, and to shame the deniers. Regardless…

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Nights of Beastly Entanglements

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“The charge before us is that the Flanders pigeon… did deliberately, callously, and with beastliness of forethought [tormented] a lovely, innocent pigeon!” (from the Lord Blackadder, BBC Comedy Series) My conversation is not about a “pigeon.” There is a tormentor, however, though not the “murderer” (aggressor) that was originally called…

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 April: Water, Water, Everywhere—If You Can Afford It…

  “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.” —The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot Rather than being spooked by Mr. Eliot’s lament that “April is the cruelest month,” I considered its gifts – warmer temperatures, longer…

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!Sí, Se Puede! In a Time of Farm Heroes, Grapes & César Chávez

Our current fascination with farm to table produce, owes an indebtedness to the legacy of César Chávez and the (UFW) United Farm Workers union.  Chávez’s life is being celebrated in a newly released biopic, César Chávez: History is Made One Step at a Time. How ironic or telling perhaps, that Chávez…

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