The Preface

“My dream is that people will find a way back home, into their bodies, to connect with the earth, to connect with each other, to connect with the poor, to connect with the broken, to connect with the needy, to connect with people calling out all around us, to connect with the beauty, poetry, the… Read More The Preface

First Thoughts

Dynamic Environmentalism

Environmentalism is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as: “advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment; especially: the movement to control pollution” Environmentalism is a social movement, a lifestyle, an area of study, and much more. The overarching meaning of the word though is universal across all of its many forms and variations–… Read More Dynamic Environmentalism

Second Thoughts

The River is Everywhere

Although environmentalism seems to be a broad topic with many areas of interest, there is a common theme expressed by not only environmental literature authors, but also by authors of other generas, musicians, etc., and this is the idea of interconnectedness across the universe. This includes living and nonliving things, plants, animals, and humans alike.… Read More The River is Everywhere

Rachel Carson

Getting Along With Nature

“Men are naturally most impressed by diseases which have obvious manifestations…yet some of their worst enemies creep on them unobtrusively” Dr. Rene Dubos in Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (189). Rachel Carson, in Silent Spring, offers reasons as to why society during the 1960s did not react strongly to the deadly effects caused by the use of chemicals.… Read More Getting Along With Nature

Wendell Berry

A Simplification of Mind: Modern Day Agriculture

“We can build one system only within another. We can have agriculture only within nature, and culture only within agriculture.” -Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture Wendell Berry in his 1977 novel The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, offers a few possibilities for the root of our society’s “agricultural crisis,” or the crisis… Read More A Simplification of Mind: Modern Day Agriculture