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Reconnecting – with each other, with nature, and with a meaningful moral and / or spiritual compass.

Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things – Part 3

​Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things - Part 3 

Part 3 of a Series ​Approximately a 6 ​minute read
Originally published ​19th October, 2018, on PermacultureNews.org

Large grey rooster

This article shares the funny antics of one of our roosters, whose stories include such things as nesting boxes, ​interested hens, and a falling wheelbarrow. 

It concludes on a more serious note, with the question,

"Can good husbandry, regenerative agriculture, and morally right living, be defined in terms of happiness and connection?"

If you are interested only in ​rooster adventures, this article will be fine to read by itself.

But if you missed the earlier articles in the series, and you’re interested in what backyard chickens have to do with the interconnectedness of all things, you’ll need to go back to the beginning of Part 1. Part 2, if you need it, is here.

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Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things. Part 2

​Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things - Part 2

Part 2 of a Series | ​Approximately a 6 ​minute read
Originally published ​10th October, 2018, on PermacultureNews.org


​This article is Part 2 of a Series that is mostly about chickens – not how to care for them, but how to appreciate them as being more complex and interesting than most of us give them credit for.

If you are interested only in chickens, and especially mother hens and chicks, this article will be fine to read by itself. But if you want to know more about where interconnectedness comes into the story, and why it’s important, you’ll need to go back and read the beginning of Part 1.

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Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things. Part 1

​Backyard Chickens, and the Interconnectedness of All Things - Part 1

​Part 1 of a Series | Approximately a ​5 minute read.
​Originally published Oct 3rd, 2018, at PermacultureNews.org​.

This 3-Part Series ​starts off with our cultural lack of understanding about our place in the web of life, which is at the root of why our efforts to address ecological destruction aren’t working yet.

If you were mainly interested in chickens, stay with me – I’ll get onto backyard chickens in the second part of Part 1, and then I’ll stick almost entirely to chickens for the rest of the Series.

Please note, though, that this is not a “how to take care of chickens” Series (you can find those everywhere).

​This is about how to appreciate chickens as more than just egg-layers and garden-scratchers. And, by extension, how to appreciate any living thing beyond just its immediately apparent functions.

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Do We Still Need Non-digital Ways of Remembering and Sharing Experiences?

Do we still need non-digital ways of remembering and sharing our experiences?

(Approximately a 6 - 7 minute read)

​​​There are aspects of ​re-experiencing and sharing a story, that cannot be ​digitally preserved.

When your friend says, “Remember that camping trip?” they are not just recalling dry facts, the names of campsites, stops marked off on an itinerary. 

Your friend is recalling a host of felt perceptions and experiences that have shaped the relationship you share and have become part of who you are.

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Getting Together

Why Getting Together Is So Hard To Do 

​(Approximately an 8 to 10 minute read for the average reader)

​​​​Did we lose more than we gained, when we advanced from "social mammal," to "modern individual"?

Earlier in my life I didn't see the point of sitting around chatting. I was in a hurry. I had a lot of urgent work to do, and not enough time to do it.

Important things, like connecting with each other just for the sake of it, don't feel urgent. They hover quietly in the background.

Sometimes ​those important things hover, unattended, until ​we get to a point ​in our lives where we look back and wish we had done more socializing, and less striving. More giving and connecting, and less acquiring and directing. 

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An Illusion of Independence

​An Illusion of Independence

​(Approximately a 4 minute read)

In the modern world, independent individuals and nuclear families are artificially sustained by a fossil fuel dependent, growth-at-all-costs system that cannot last. 

The ​alternative that most appeals to me is ​a world in which we live interdependently – in direct relationship with each other and with ​the web of life that can sustain us indefinitely, so long as we care for it as the extension of ourselves that it really is. 

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