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

You may recognize a portion of this essay from an earlier posting, “Familial,” in which I was deeply moved by an art exhibition about endangered red wolves. Recently I was compelled to expand this essay as I saw profound parallels between the ecosystem of my eyes, as macular degeneration slowly encroaches, to the threatened habitats of endangered species. As I wrote, I realized the parallels do not end there. 

As we shelter in place, we get to know our neighbors better. This post introduces you to one of my non-human neighbors. How this four-legged neighbor makes its presence known may surprise you - and may even make you laugh.

Interview on KSQD 90.7

Tuesday, June 30th, I am being interviewed by Christine Barrington on “Talk of the Bay" from 5-6 pm. The theme is "Honoring and Protecting Earth Life: Two Voices, Two Paths." The first half is with Humane Wildlife Control and then at 5:30 shifts to an exploration of my work with Earth Dialogues. If you care to listen, tune in to 90.7 on June 30th. Or you can listen through their website archives for two weeks after the show: https://www.radiofreeamerica.com/schedule/ksqd/. Choose the date 6/30, then look below for “Talk of the Bay." 

This is a wonderful station that is fully supported by the community and therefore is free to speak what feels true about what is happening in our collective world. 

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 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!

Updates for the Benny fans

5 months and growing!

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 

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