Cocoon, Vol. 1, Issue 4

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And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.

From the poem “When Great Trees Fall” by Maya Angelou (more…)

Cocoon, Vol.1, Issue 3

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The land is the real teacher.  All we need as students is mindfulness. Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.  -Robin Wall Kimmerer, from “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants” 

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These tiny flowers refused to go unnoticed on Earthseed Land!  They started arriving a few weeks ago, and now they’ve managed to fully inhabit significant swaths of land.  Erigeron annuus is their formal name, but the children and I refer to them as ‘tiny daisies’.  Once you take the time to notice them, you’ll begin to see them most everywhere: along roads, trails, in fields and even in areas full of waste.

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Robin Wall Kimmerer writes, “Names are the way we humans build relationship, not only with each other but with the living world.”  I struggle with feelings of awe and humility every time I sit to write this blog.  How could I, not formally trained in anything plant-related have anything to say about the natural world?  And yet, there is a deeper longing to reconnect that pushes me forward.  I believe there are some other truths, not found in a university setting that nature bountifully reveals to us. (more…)