Saturday, August 18, 2012


Artwork by Grave Unicorn

"We might become suspicious of the notion that creative seeking and expression of truth can awesome our lives when we notice that many artists and poets in modern times have made wonderful objects without making wonderful lives for themselves and others. I offer that this disconnection between the beauty of artworks and the beauty of the lives lived by their creators stems from a widespread cultural failure to understand that the real purpose of the human creative capacity, and therefore of art, is not to make pretty or interesting or entertaining things, but rather to heal and to nourish, to bring us into meaning, union and depth.

The purpose of art isn't to shock or dishearten, to impress, to decorate, to mimic or to reflect -- but we've taken our creative capacity and used it towards those desolate ends because we've accepted a very deep lie without question. The lie is this: that we're separate from the power that animates the universe, that we're separate from love. The assumption flows from this premise that since we're detached from love, we can't know truth without reason or dogma to guide us. This assumption leads us to believe that our creative intuition can only be used for entertainment, reflection, and self-aggrandizement, not for revelation of real power. But revelation is the best fruit of our creative faculty."

- Carolyn Elliott, "Honesty as a Soulmaking Activity"

Friday, August 17, 2012


If you ever get to infinity
You will find me there
For tomorrow I will climb
The elementary stair.
I will climb to the very top
Open up the door
Look at all the ages
Lying on the floor.

- Debbie Wald, age 9

Monday, August 6, 2012

Cooking Oils

"What was garbage in 1860 was fertilizer in 1870, cattle feed in 1880, and table food and many things else in 1890."

- Popular Science, on cottonseed

Sacred Economics

Tree Communication

"Through her research on forest ecology, Suzanne Simard has found that trees and plants literally communicate with one another through a large underground network made up of roots and fungi. The fungi populate underground locations and connect the roots of one tree or plant to another, which allows the trees to pass carbon and nitrogen to neighboring trees.

According to Simard, the forest organisms are in effect sharing elements among each other rather than competing for survival. This paints a much more comprehensive and holistic picture of the relationship between plants. Instead of attempting to understand organisms individually, the whole forest must be considered as a single entity that works in concert in order to gain clarity and insight on what is really going on. A picture that contrasts with Darwinian evolutionary sentiments and one that supports the oft-quoted Gaia hypothesis of the earth as a single living being, this particular line of research details a system of communication that closely resembles a neural network like that found in the human brain.

These underground networks can be organized around 'mother trees' -- old, large, well-established trees that appear dominant in the area. The mother tree networks are massive, connecting large numbers of trees and plants from many species into a single structure. This process supports a healthy ecosystem by maintaining and fostering biodiversity as well as its own longevity. As trees connected to the network die, they continue to pass carbon and nitrogen on to others, transferring 'some of their legacy to the new generation.'"


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