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I have a fierce love for this earth

     

     Which means I cannot be a bystander

             

            Which means I must not be silent or separate

                       

                     What we love we will not turn away from

 

I have found questions to be great companions – elusive questions can be lifelong friends. What is the wild, how are we wild? What are dreams made of? How about profound synchronicity? What is possible between species? Do unusual animal encounters mean anything? Can several layers of meaning – the mundane and esoteric - be true at the same time? And what about time – is it linear, circular, simultaneous?  

We live in a period of great paradox: such beauty, such peril. My daily practice is to embrace this duality:  joyous and marveling at the wonder of the natural world without turning from grief or response-ability as it is threatened. My writing aspires to hold it all, including those who have been left out of the conversation: animals, plants, landscapes, ancestors, the yet to be born.  

 

We can become saturated with the pain of the earth’s destruction. Our shared creative actions are our lifeboats. To keep afloat we need to bail, not as in give up, but bail as in scooping out the water around our ankles as the sea rises. Let us paddle our boats to shore together. Please join the dialogue.

                           What we love we will not turn away from 

             Which means we must not be silent or separate

 

       We cannot be alone in these times

 

As we fiercely love our world

Pictograph Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Utah

Sculpture by Carol Gaab

This new blog is about an ethical dilemma that leaves the comfort of theoretical discussion and become embodied in a flesh and blood encounter. This story is about a rat and me - trapped together. 

If you prefer, you can give your eyes a rest and listen to me reading it by clicking the Audio Button on the Blog page.

Native Animal Rescue "Nature Writer"

I'm so pleased to announce that Santa Cruz Native Animal Rescue has asked me to be their "Resident Nature Writer."

They will be posting my animal related blogs on their website and 

Facebook page. 

I feel honored given this is an organization I greatly admire. I have derived such pleasure volunteering at their center and rehabbing injured and orphaned animals in my home. In this last year they have taken care of 2400 birds, mammals and reptiles!

Writeup is from their 2019 yearly newsletter. Photo taken at Center.

Check out their website at https://www.nativeanimalrescue.org/

Dark Matter: Women Witnessing 

This online journal never flinches from the ecological crises and accompanying grief we face today. The current issue features essays and artwork in response to Deena Metzger’s powerful essay, “Extinction Illness: Grave Affliction and Possibility" published in the January issue of Tikkun

 

My essay, “Chama River Revelations,” is included in this Dark Matter issue, as well as the essay, “Across the Watershed,” by my friend and writing teacher, Carolyn Brigit Flynn. This is a brave and important publication with excellent writing and provocative visual art. 

A Solstice Wish for the new year

 

Finding our way

All together

Cloaked in sweet darkness

Seeking light

Blog: Earth Dialogues

Essays are written by Marilyn DuHamel for Earth Dialogues in hopes of increasing connection with the natural world and heightening awareness of endangered wildlife and habitat. In keeping with this goal, feel free to share these essays through social media. Please credit author and website link www.marilynduhamel.com