Love, Intelligence and Sex — Musings on the Natural World, part 2 (326)

I asked Derrick Jensen whether he believed in God. “I believe in something,” he replied. “There is some animating force or something. Life is so complex and so extraordinary, and even our individual bodies are so extraordinary and complex.” He plies us with examples of … [Read more...]

Love, Intelligence and Art — Musings on the Natural World, part 1 (325)

Derrick Jensen reflects on the bird and frog songs he loves, and the richness of longtime relationships with natural places where one lives. By contrast, and especially in cities, our sensory input is largely mediated by machines (computers, television, radio, cars, etc.) … [Read more...]

Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening (324)

A frightening near-death experience led Patt Lind-Kyle, author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain, to wonder what happens to the mind during the dying process. Her explorations led to writing a new book Embracing the End of Life: A Journey into Dying and Awakening. She … [Read more...]

The Open Source Seed Initiative — Protecting Our Food Commons (323)

Plant breeder Carol Deppe is passionate about making seeds available for all growers, rather than being in the control of a handful of corporations. “If we want to control the kind of food available and the kind of agricultural system that we want, we have to do our own … [Read more...]

In the Spirit of Giving

Janaia's sister Terry, aka "Sparkles the Clown," stars in this short video, a delightful and lively departure from our normal Peak Moment TV video fare. Enjoy!! Winter solstice blessings~ Janaia and Robin Watch video … [Read more...]

Deep Nutrition — Eating the Way We Used to Eat (321)

“Nature knows Best,” says Cate Shanahan, M.D. “Just eat the way people used to eat….” For their book Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, she and her partner Luke researched early American cookbooks and worldwide cultures with intact cuisines. They came up … [Read more...]

Food, Community and Our Place on Earth (320)

If the trucks stopped rolling, how long could locally-produced food sustain your community? A farmer friend of Whidbey Islander (WA) Vicki Robin calculated “Two weeks in August [peak harvest time].” Vicki went on a one-year 10-mile diet, building relationships with her … [Read more...]

Imagine If — ‘The Great Turning’ meets ‘Community Rights’ (319)

Community rights educator Paul Cienfuegos reads his inspiring short declaration inspired by Joanna Macy’s notion of “The Great Turning,” a total change in how we govern ourselves. Paul writes, “The Community Rights movement has been spreading across the United States — one … [Read more...]

Ecovillages — A Leading Edge for Sustainability (318)

What might ecovillages show us about living sustainably? Political science professor Karen Litfin visited fourteen ecovillages in both developing and developed countries. The author of Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community looked for commonalities among such … [Read more...]

EagleYew House — Efficient Technology With an Artist’s Aesthetic (317)

Artist Ezio Cusi’s house is a work of art —and also built smart. The cob house with timber-framed upper stories is made with mostly local natural materials. For the cold winters, it has an annualized geo-solar system (AGS) which in summer transfers hot water from solar … [Read more...]