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Braiding Sweetgrass

By Robin Wall Kimmerer
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  • Publisher : Milkweed Editions
  • Isbn : 9781571318718
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 356
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As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert). Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

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  • Category : History
  • Reads : 192
  • File Pdf: the-lawn.pdf

Book Summary:

Lawns now blanket thirty million acres of the United States, but until the late nineteenth century few Americans had any desire for a front lawn, much less access to seeds for growing one. In her comprehensive history of this uniquely American obsession, Virginia Scott Jenkins traces the origin of the front lawn aesthetic, the development of the lawn-care industry, its environmental impact, and modern as well as historic alternatives to lawn mania.

Losing Eden

By Lucy Jones
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Isbn : 9780241441541
  • Pages : 272
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 955
  • File Pdf: losing-eden.pdf

Book Summary:

A TIMES AND TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR 'Beautifully written, movingly told and meticulously researched ... a convincing plea for a wilder, richer world' Isabella Tree, author of Wilding 'By the time I'd read the first chapter, I'd resolved to take my son into the woods every afternoon over winter. By the time I'd read the sixth, I was wanting to break prisoners out of cells and onto the mossy moors. Losing Eden rigorously and convincingly tells of the value of the natural universe to our human hearts' Amy Liptrot, author of The Outrun Today many of us live indoor lives, disconnected from the natural world as never before. And yet nature remains deeply ingrained in our language, culture and consciousness. For centuries, we have acted on an intuitive sense that we need communion with the wild to feel well. Now, in the moment of our great migration away from the rest of nature, more and more scientific evidence is emerging to confirm its place at the heart of our psychological wellbeing. So what happens, asks acclaimed journalist Lucy Jones, as we lose our bond with the natural world-might we also be losing part of ourselves? Delicately observed and rigorously researched, Losing Eden is an enthralling journey through this new research, exploring how and why connecting with the living world can so drastically affect our health. Travelling from forest schools in East London to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault via primeval woodlands, Californian laboratories and ecotherapists' couches, Jones takes us to the cutting edge of human biology, neuroscience and psychology, and discovers new ways of understanding our increasingly dysfunctional relationship with the earth. Urgent and uplifting, Losing Eden is a rallying cry for a wilder way of life - for finding asylum in the soil and joy in the trees - which might just help us to save the living planet, as well as ourselves.

The Trees in My Forest

By Bernd Heinrich
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Isbn : 9780061844300
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Nature
  • Reads : 650
  • File Pdf: the-trees-in-my-forest.pdf

Book Summary:

Ina book destined to become a classic, biologist and acclaimed nature writer Bernd Heinrich takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the hidden life of a forest.

Ecological and Social Healing

By Jeanine M. Canty
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 9781317273417
  • Pages : 212
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 475
  • File Pdf: ecological-and-social-healing.pdf

Book Summary:

This book is an edited collection of essays by fourteen multicultural women (including a few Anglo women) who are doing work that crosses the boundaries of ecological and social healing. The women are prominent academics, writers and leaders spanning Native American, Indigenous, Asian, African, Latina, Jewish and Multiracial backgrounds. The contributors express a myriad of ways that the relationship between the ecological and social have brought new understanding to their experiences and work in the world. Moreover by working with these edges of awareness, they are identifying new forms of teaching, leading, healing and positive change. Ecological and Social Healing is rooted in these ideas and speaks to an "edge awareness or consciousness." In essence this speaks to the power of integrating multiple and often conflicting views and the transformations that result. As women working across the boundaries of the ecological and social, we have powerful experiences that are creating new forms of healing. This book is rooted in academic theory as well as personal and professional experience, and highlights emerging models and insights. It will appeal to those working, teaching and learning in the fields of social justice, environmental issues, women's studies, spirituality, transformative/environmental/sustainability leadership, and interdisciplinary/intersectionality studies.

The Art of Noticing Deeply

By David Buley,Jan Buley,Rupert Clive Collister
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 9781443858441
  • Pages : 215
  • Category : Education
  • Reads : 265
  • File Pdf: the-art-of-noticing-deeply.pdf

Book Summary:

The theme of deeply noticing the world of teaching and learning around us unifies the collected commentaries celebrated in this book. The contributing storytellers, teachers, researchers, poets, photographers, writers, mentors, and guides are integral to sustaining ‘the art of noticing deeply’ to foster wide-awakeness (as Maxine Greene termed it years ago), and engagement in teaching and learning settings and beyond. Such settings might be a forest, a global village, a virtual place, or a classroom. They may be places where skills of collaboration, social justice, problem-solving, critical thinking, ethical practice and lifelong learning are highlighted and celebrated. Together, the authors here explore the spaces where we teach and learn, spaces where we explore and interact, and the spaces where we pause and wonder. This book offers insight into ways in which the arts intersect teachers’ creative beings, and nudges the reader to think about refreshing and renewing what they ‘thought they knew’ about teaching and learning.

What is Constructive Theology?

By Marion Grau,Jason Wyman
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 9780567695161
  • Pages : 248
  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 428
  • File Pdf: what-is-constructive-theology.pdf

Book Summary:

This essential introduction to contemporary constructive theology charts the most important disciplinary trends of the moment. It gives a historical overview of the field and discusses key hermeneutical and methodological concerns. The contributors apply a constructive perspective to a wide range of approaches, ranging from biblical hermeneutics and postcolonial studies to comparative, political, and black theology. What is Constructive Theology? shows how diverse and interdisciplinary constructive theology can be by exploring key themes in the field. The contributors explore the porous boundaries between Christianity and other religions, reflect on contextual, liberation and constructive theologies from Africa and from Black British perspectives, explore the connection between embodiment, epistemology and hermeneutics, and take a constructive approach to the dangerous memories and theologies of colonial histories in Belgium and Native Americans in the United States. This sampler of the field will help you rethink theologies and find constructive alternatives.

Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly

By Nancy Arden McHugh,Andrea Doucet
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Isbn : 9781438486376
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 691
  • File Pdf: thinking-ecologically-thinking-responsibly.pdf

Book Summary:

Engages and extends the feminist philosopher Lorraine Code’s groundbreaking work on epistemology and ethics. Thinking Ecologically, Thinking Responsibly brings together a transdisciplinary cohort of feminist, critical race, Indigenous, and decolonial scholars who build upon and seek to widen and deepen the legacy and potential of feminist philosopher Lorraine Code's work. Since the publication of her 1987 book Epistemic Responsibility, Code has been at the forefront of linking epistemologies, ontologies, ethics, and epistemic injustice to guide critical frameworks for responsible, situated knowing and practices. This volume both enacts and expands Code's theories, epistemologies, and practices. It points to how concepts such as epistemic responsibility and approaches like ecological thinking are not only theoretical frameworks for knowing the world well; they are also practices and approaches that more and more feminists and critical thinkers are embodying in their work in order to think, write, and live critically and responsibly. Nancy Arden McHugh is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Wittenberg Institute of Public Humanities and Sciences at Wittenberg University. She is the coeditor (with Heidi Grasswick) of Making the Case: Feminist and Critical Race Philosophers Engage Case Studies and the author of The Limits of Knowledge: Generating Pragmatist Feminist Cases for Situated Knowing, both also published by SUNY Press. Andrea Doucet is Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies at Brock University and Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care. She is the author of Do Men Mother? Second Edition and the coauthor (with Janet Siltanen) of Gender Relations in Canada: Intersectionalities and Social Change, Second Edition.

The Politics of Historical Memory and Commemoration in Africa

By Cassandra Mark-Thiesen,Moritz Mihatsch,Michelle Sikes
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Isbn : 9783110655490
  • Pages : 230
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 928
  • File Pdf: the-politics-of-historical-memory-and-commemoration-in-africa.pdf

Book Summary:

Essays in Memory of Jan-Georg Deutsch The volume observes some of the principles that drove Prof. Jan-Georg Deutsch's research: highlighting present-day politics for the way they shape historical remembrance, learning from people on the ground through fieldwork and oral history, and bringing various parts of the African continent into discussion with one another. From Cape Town to Charlottesville, many societies are grappling with historical consciousness and the production of public memory. In particular, how and why societies remember and forget, what should serve as symbols of collective memory, and whether there exists space for multiple memory cultures are questions being vigorously debated once again. These discussions present particular challenges not only to official memory bound to ideological constructions of nationhood but also to the teaching of history and its links to social justice movements. The volume re-centres Africa and African history in memory studies, with each chapter drawing parallels to comparable cases in Africa and the world. An underlying assumption is that what can be learned from the politics of historical memory in Africa will have relevance for contemporary politics globally and for understanding how memories can be mobilised for political ends.

Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond

By Douglas A. Vakoch
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 9781000376357
  • Pages : 198
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 661
  • File Pdf: dystopias-and-utopias-on-earth-and-beyond.pdf

Book Summary:

Caught as we are in a grave climate crisis that seems more irreversible with every passing year, our literary portrayals of the future often feature the dystopian collapse of the world as we know it. Science fiction explores how we got here, while pointing toward a more hopeful path forward. From an ecofeminist perspective, a core cause of our current ecological catastrophe is the patriarchal domination of nature, playing out in parallel with the oppression of women. As an alternative to dystopian futures that seem increasingly inevitable, ecofeminist science fiction helps us conjure utopias that promote environmental sustainability based on more egalitarian human relationships. Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond: Feminist Ecocriticism of Science Fiction explores the fictional worlds of such canonical novelists as Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, and Joan Slonczewski, as well as those of lesser-known science fiction writers, as they collectively probe humanity’s greatest existential threats. Contributors from five continents provide compelling analyses of far future dystopias on Earth that are all too easy to imagine becoming reality if humankind’s current trajectory continues, as well as provocative insights into science fiction utopias set on idyllic planets orbiting distant stars, which offer liberatory alternatives that might someday be actualized in the real world. By examining the links between the destruction of the environment and the domination of women, Dystopias and Utopias on Earth and Beyond provides the tools to counteract those intertwined oppressions, helping create a foundation for a truly habitable world.

Happy Plant

By Puneet Sabharwal
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Isbn : 9781648961366
  • Pages : 192
  • Category : Gardening
  • Reads : 669
  • File Pdf: happy-plant.pdf

Book Summary:

Foreword by Morgan Doane and Erin Harding, co-authors of How to Raise a Plant and Make it Love You Back and co-founders of @HouseplantClub. This comprehensive visual guide to houseplant care is packed with illustrations and hand drawings, color photography, accessible infographics, and advice for first-time and experienced plant parents alike. Build confidence in tending indoor plants through this guide to basic plant care, all while learning about the history of houseplants, how they communicate, and sustainable ways to troubleshoot houseplant parenting issues. Whether you're afraid to bring home a plant or have a healthy row of potted green pals on your windowsill, this book will walk you through the trials, errors, and joys of plant care. Perfect for those who are new to gardening or who want to learn more about how plants enrich our lives, this how-to guide from Puneet Sabharwal, cofounder of popular plant subscription company Horti, is a verdant treasure trove of information on how to raise your very own houseplants.

Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science

By Beatriz Caiuby Labate,Clancy Cavnar
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Isbn : 9783319767208
  • Pages : 227
  • Category : Medical
  • Reads : 263
  • File Pdf: plant-medicines-healing-and-psychedelic-science.pdf

Book Summary:

This is a book about the intersections of three dimensions. The first is the way social scientists and historians treat the history of psychiatry and healing, especially as it intersects with psychedelics. The second encompasses a reflection on the substances themselves and their effects on bodies. The third addresses traditional healing, as it circles back to our understanding of drugs and psychiatry. The chapters explore how these dimensions are distinct, but deeply intertwined, themes that offer important insights into contemporary healing practices. The intended audience of the volume is large and diverse: neuroscientists, biologists, medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists; mental health professionals interested in the therapeutic application of psychedelic substances, or who work with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and PTSD; patients and practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine; ethnobotanists and ethnopharmacologists; lawyers, criminologists, and other specialists in international law working on matters related to drug policy and human rights, as well as scholars of religious studies, anthropologists, sociologists, and historians; social scientists concerned both with the history of science, medicine, and technology, and concepts of health, illness, and healing. It has a potentially large international audience, especially considering the increasing interest in “psychedelic science” and the growing spread of the use of traditional psychoactives in the West.

Awakening Artemis

By Vanessa Chakour
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 9781984882103
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 232
  • File Pdf: awakening-artemis.pdf

Book Summary:

A healing resource that blends practical plant-based knowledge with spiritual reconnection to show how respect for and communion with our natural world guides us toward healing. Combining Vanessa's story of her own healing journey with practical plant-based knowledge, Awakening Artemis is rooted in the belief that healing happens through reclaiming an intuitive connection to ourselves, to the natural world, and to our own "inner wild." Having experienced a series of physical traumas growing up--including chronic asthma, a car accident that fractured her back and neck, and sexual trauma--Vanessa pursued various approaches to therapeutic movement from martial arts to yogic practices and explored traditions honoring the mind-body connection while forging a path to recovery. Twenty years now into her journey to reconcile her daily routines with her yearning for greater purpose and connection, Vanessa shares the eclectic mix of elements that have brought her deeper self-awareness, a richer understanding of her place in the world, and the confidence and clear boundaries to truly connect with her loved ones. Organized into five sections that move from the present moment to the forest edge, and into the healing darkness, each chapter focuses on a single plant: on their power to connect us to our bodies and our environment. Using storytelling from her own life, Vanessa connects the plants' power and characteristics to issues we all grapple to heal from and even to understand--from the alienating consequences of cultural appropriation to the intersection between a forest's mycelial network and the neural pathways of our brains. For those seeking to recognize the power and omnipresence of the natural world--from the mugwort sprouting in the city sidewalk to the majesty of a three-thousand-year-old yew in rural Scotland--and harness that to push into new realms of self-discovery, Awakening Artemis is an intimate, unforgettable resource capturing one woman's journey to heal her traumas that opens up a world of potential growth and healing for us all.