Environmental thoughts Category

I think what has astonished me the most this week is how (sometimes unwittingly?) destructive humans are. I had time to muse on this as I was wandering around the yard picking up all the various bits of trash strewn hither and yon. Not only was there an absolutely astonishing amount of garbage — and […]

I've written several posts now on Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti, and his vision of cities as mostly-self-sufficient, compact communities instead of sprawling and isolating urban blights that consume and destroy the land they're on. I've also mentioned some of my agreements and doubts with what I saw in Arcosanti (as a concrete entity somewhat separated from […]

So does CoH qualify as a community? Does Arcosanti as it stands today, or Lupin Lodge? Paolo Soleri (who is still alive, though I speak of his writing in the past tense) devoted quite a bit of thought to community. According to him, there is a "magic of the big city" (23) as much as […]

Okay, this posting is going to be a not-so-quick recap of stuff I want to keep track of for my yard work, and I'll keep adding to it as I learn more stuff to do. I'll work more on the compost idea later; for now, some very useful URLs: the National Wildlife Federation's Garden for […]

Susan Griffin's ecofeminist book Woman & Nature: The Roaring Inside Her is considered ground-breaking in the field. Written in 1978 in a poetic and then-uniquely female "voice," it was one of the first — if not the actual first — text which traced a clear textual-historical connection between patriarchal use/abuse, and conflation, of women and […]

Here are the handful of photos I took of my "Place in Nature" for my Ecofeminism independent study class: my front yard before I've tried to make it any healthier. I'll post more photos as things get better! ;)  

I'm crossing my fingers that Carol (my professor for my independent study in Ecofeminist Philosophy & Activism) will like the idea of my using the front yard as my "Place in Nature" to study during the semester. I think it'll be a great way to make the yard a little nicer! It's curious: when I […]

More Arcosanti photos; click on the thumbnails for a larger, clearer version of each photo. Also, you can read my thoughts on Arcosanti here, for more background, and see more photos at the end of that article. Enjoy! :)

Photos are at the end of this article; all are clickable for larger versions. You will need to use the Back button on your browser to return to this page. Enjoy! :) Arcosanti was designed in the 70's by Paolo Soleri, who dreamed of ecologically friendly cities. His soaring design precludes cars, integrates multiple levels […]

Pausing in a McDonald's just outside Beaumont, TX on Sunday the 15th; driving progresses well, & I should be safely in Gainesville, FL at the appropriate time. I have discovered the perfect use for NPR's Lake Wobegon (& other programs), which I do not ordinarily listen to: making the time pass with at least mild […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.



Collie’s Bestiary