The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

Posted on May 11, 2015
The Woman Who Chose to Plant Corn

This article originally appeared in Resurgence Magazine: Not long ago, a Diné (Navajo) friend of mine, Lyla June Johnston, sent me a one-line email: “I am not going to Harvard… I am going to plant corn.” Her statement signals a profound divergence from the path she’d set out on when she was an undergraduate at […]

The Cycle of Terror

Posted on Apr 17, 2013
The Cycle of Terror

There is a Dutch translation of this essay.  You can also read this article auf Deutsch.   In the wake of terror attacks, politicians are fond of proclaiming, “We will not be intimidated.” By this they seem to mean that we won’t cower in fear, but will boldly root out the terrorists, visit upon them […]

Naivete, and the Light in their Eyes

Posted on Jul 11, 2012
Naivete, and the Light in their Eyes

I dropped off my son at camp yesterday, a beautiful nature-oriented camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When we got there a familiar feeling welled up inside me, the feeling of Return. I might articulate it as, “This is how human beings are supposed to live.” I’m not talking about it as an economic or […]

Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity

Posted on May 28, 2012
Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity

  This essay has been translated into Spanish.   At a conference a couple weeks ago an activist who does work in Africa recounted an encounter she had with the minister of agriculture of a certain African country. The minister spoke with excitement about the high-tech agricultural technologies he was bringing into the country in […]

The Three Seeds

Posted on May 7, 2010
The Three Seeds

Once upon a time, the tribe of humanity embarked upon a long journey called Separation. It was not a blunder as some – seeing its ravages upon the planet – might think. Nor was it a fall, nor an expression of some innate evil peculiar to the human species. It was a journey with a […]

A Gathering of the Tribe

Posted on Dec 7, 2009
A Gathering of the Tribe

Once upon a time a great tribe of people lived in a world far away from ours. Whether far away in space, or in time, or even outside of time, we do not know. They lived in a state of enchantment and joy that few of us today dare to believe could exist, except in […]