Everything Written on ARealGreenLife in 2020
This post lists everything I wrote in 2020, organized by category. Thanks so much for reading along. I'll be back with more in 2021!
(2 - 3 minute read)
Growing food regeneratively means growing food in ecosystems, not mono-cultures. And it means doing so with an intention not just to feed people, but to build soils, care for ecology, and leave the surrounding web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient after our growing systems are in place, than it was before.
About a 5 minute read
Strongly interrelated and networked elements in a vegetable garden, an orchard, a community, or any other living system, are healthier and happier than isolated fragments of life subsisting alone and unmoored.
About a 3 minute read
A vegetable from the tropical highlands of Papua New Guinea, rungi is an attractive, edible, nutritious year-round ground cover for the tropics and semi-tropics that tolerates a wide range of growing conditions.
A 3-4 minute read
There is a little plant I've been on the look-out for, and I'm delighted to have finally found her.
Please allow me to introduce you to Sweet Violet (Viola odorata), a delicate, beautiful little ground-covering plant with a super-long list of nutritive, medicinal, and sense-pleasing attributes.
About a 3 minute read
The logical mind wants to muscle its way to the results we want; when muscle is inadequate to the task, we think we’ve failed and we’re out of options.
The heart, on the other hand, is not afraid to invoke the results we want by the quality of our attention and the power of our desire to give what we don’t physically have to give.
About an 18 minute read. Download the free PDF here.
The “Grandmother Hypothesis,” or Grandmother Effect, is the idea that the presence of grandmothers helping in the care of their grand-offspring has been an important factor in human survival and evolution.
I think that the powers of older women extend far beyond babysitting (valuable as that is), and I think we need their contributions more now than ever before. Here's why.
About a 2 minute read
Logical, rational thinking understandably sees things as separate. 'I am me; that is something "other" than me.'
The “other” can be another person, another group separate from the group to which I belong, or a non-human entity like a river or a forest.
There is another way to see things. Through a lens of interbeing, I am still me, but now I recognize that I’m closely related to everything that the mindset of separation calls “other.”
This is less than a 2 minute read
To illustrate what I mean, here's a comparison between the dominant approach to healthcare and the marginalized, "alternative" approaches.