Pantheisticon: Walking (with apologies to Thoreau)

My son being very careful with a Louisiana green tree frog discovered at our community garden.

A couple of summers ago I took my Environmental Sociology students (all three of them—hey, it was summer!) on an evening walk around the lovely park across the streetcar line from our university in uptown New Orleans. We had been talking about bioregionalism, a kind of environmentalism that focuses on the importance of developing a [Read More...]

To be Silent

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Some recent conversations have led me to ponder the wisdom of the lesson of the element of Earth: to be silent.  Along with this I have been contemplating this line from the Rede ““Soft of eye and light of touch; Speak little, Listen Much”. Furthermore, I have be focusing on the form and force of Elemental earth [Read More...]

Orphic Hymn to the Earth

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O Goddess, Earth, of Gods and men the source, Endu’d with fertile, all destroying force; All-parent, bounding, whose prolific pow’rs, Produce a store of beauteous fruits and flow’rs, All-various maid, th’ eternal world’s strong base Immortal, blessed, crown’d with ev’ry grace; From whose wide womb, as from an endless root, Fruits, many-form’d, mature and grateful [Read More...]


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