Listening to what Nature says

Gardeners must dance with feedback, play with results, turn as they learn. Learning to think as a gardener is inseparable from the acts of gardening. Learning how to garden is learning how to slow down. Wise is the person whose heart and mind listen to what Nature says. Time will tell, but we often fail to listen.
–Michael P. Garofalo, Pulling Onion


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A different economy

We have the capacity to create a remarkably different economy: one that can restore ecosystems and protect the environment while bringing forth innovation, prosperity, meaningful work, and true security.
– Paul Hawken


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Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
– Socrates

Harbor Beach

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What good is it?

The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant, ‘What good is it?’ If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.

– Aldo Leopold

October sunset

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The big question

“Is it all worth it? If we do our best to heal the Earth and make our place in her a sustainable one, is there a good chance that we will succeed?…to my mind that’s the wrong question. Even if we could answer it – and we can never know anything about the future for certain, it would beg the question, How do I want to live my life? So my answer to the that I want to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem”.

Patrick Whitefield, ‘Earth Care Manual’


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More shots from Barrell Mill Pond

Some scenes from my morning walk. These were taken 9/12/13 with my trusty iPhone.




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The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. — Nelson Henderson

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The profit in permaculture

Permaculture’s potential for . . . profitability and productivity may be trumped only by wild nature. Is it financially profitable? No, it’s money-saving, and that’s the point for many of us. In our society freedom is only possible for those with enough money to do whatever they want and for those who need little money. Everyone else is more or less in a snare.    –Matt

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Wiggly Bridge in the early morning fog

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Venus, the moon, and ..the moon?

Venus, the moon, and ..the moon?

Just a quick hand-held snapshot taken before sunrise on 9/13/12.

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