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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DIRT: In Search of my Grandfather’s Garden

My earliest memories of gardening are from when I was a toddler with my six-foot plus tall grandfather, William McCoy, whom we called Pop-Pop. I have vivid recollections of following his every move from my playpen, as he tended to his rose bushes, flowerbeds and grapevines in his modest home…

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Zazen May: Imagining Noguchi, Form, Desire

When I was an advisor to students at the Parsons School of Design years ago, an alluring sea of loosely robed models could always be found cueing in the hallways, awaiting their call for open drawing classes. In them I saw graceful tendrils, exposed flesh, female, male, trans-formed, all deliciously…

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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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Spring: Time of Renewal, Imagination, & Fertilizer!

Finally! The calendar says it’s spring, but the season’s much sought after traits—warm, sunny days, have been slow to arrive. Yet following the extremes of such a boisterous winter, and in anticipation of spring’s inevitably chilly, showery days ahead, I’m hoping, at least it won’t be snow. So, welcome spring, the time…

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