The Meaning of Balance

The old people were masters at maintaining a respectful relationship with their environments.  They remind me that we have to experience both abundance and scarcity to learn the skills of conservation.  Balance is learning to live without fear of one or the other, but...

Flying Up Moon

The moon in August is known as “Flying Up Moon”.  This time when young birds are trying their wings and practicing flying is ripe with lessons for the thoughtful observer.  As I watch, I am reminded of how important it must be for birds to know that they are birds....

Reciprocity of Summer

Berry picking in the summer was about more than nutrition and medicines.  In fact, the old people tell me that the bonds forged between the young girls and the elders during this activity formed the backbone of the community.  The positive energy, laughter and deep...