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Re-imagining the Lowly Spider

It saddens and sometimes angers me that spiders generate such fear and sense of repulsion. And so it’s… [more]


Re-imagining the Lowly Spider
Re-imagining the Lowly Spider

Sense of Place ~ Today my Home Floats

It is two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon, the spring semester of 1971. I am sitting in the back row… [more]


Sense of Place ~ Today my Home Floats
Sense of Place ~ Today my Home Floats

The Dance of the Caterpillars ~ In a Time Before Texting

This is a publication announcement for The Dance of the Caterpillars ~ In a Time Before Texting. The… [more]


The Dance of the Caterpillars ~ In a Time Before Texting
The Dance of the Caterpillars ~ In a Time Before Texting

The Three Trees ~ an old story told anew

“I should be content,” writes the poet David Ignatow, “To look at a mountain for what it is, not… [more]


The Three Trees ~ an old story told anew
The Three Trees ~ an old story told anew

Sense of Place ~ Part Three

With thanks to Douglas Wood, author of Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, who so generously offered his… [more]


Sense of Place ~ Part Three
Sense of Place ~ Part Three

Science provides us today, in exquisite detail, not only the damage we have inflicted upon the ecosystem(s) of the planet but the consequences as well. Why then, are we not changing our behavior? Are we feeling environmentally helpless in our ability to make changes that make a difference?

What if there was a process that would move us from our sense of environmental helplessness to a state of eco-spiritual awakening and eco-activist empowerment that would bring about profound change?

Restoring the Waters offers people this mind-and-heart-changing process through art, poetry, music, ritual, philosophy, and even theology (when useful). Through this process, we become empowered as we remember that the earth community is sacred, begin to understand creation spiritually – according all life forms, human and non-human, their true sacramental value.

Restoring the Waters offers suggestions for action of all kinds – from personal or group reflection to restoration projects. The rich, dynamic potential of Restoring the Waters rests in the strength and diversity of the conversations I hope to engage. I invite you to participate!

Caroline Fairless

Restoring the Waters Blog

Re-imagining the Lowly Spider

Published: August 24, 2014

It saddens and sometimes angers me that spiders generate such fear and sense of repulsion. And so it’s heartening to know that there are people who love spiders, who are fascinated by them.

I wouldn’t claim to be particularly comfortable around spiders, but I wish them no harm. In fact, when I know my husband is gearing up to clean … Continue reading

Sense of Place ~ Today my Home Floats

Published: June 5, 2014

It is two o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon, the spring semester of 1971. I am sitting in the back row of a basement classroom. The room is hot and airless; my black beans and rice squat heavily in my stomach; it’s the drowsing hour. We are beginning part two of a three hour senior level seminar whose focus is Thomas Continue reading

The Dance of the Caterpillars ~ In a Time Before Texting

Published: April 2, 2014
This is a publication announcement for The Dance of the Caterpillars ~ In a Time Before Texting. The back story is embedded in the post itself. It has taken me twenty-five years to see it in print, the reason being that I needed – and couldn’t persuade – a “legitimate” publisher. It was an ego thing. A week ago, Continue reading

The Three Trees ~ an old story told anew

Published: February 28, 2014
“I should be content,” writes the poet David Ignatow, “To look at a mountain for what it is, not as a commentary on my life.”

As many of us have experienced, this winter of 2014 has been snowy, cold, and interminably long. For me personally, it has seemed even longer, for I had my left shoulder replaced with titanium in … Continue reading

Sense of Place ~ Part Three

Published: September 16, 2013

With thanks to Douglas Wood, author of Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, who so generously offered his permission to adapt his work to an outdoor theater.

Continuing my series of reflections on Sense of Place, one of the deepest layers of place holds the beating heart of the local community. Whether or not we know it, deny … Continue reading

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