Posts by Caroline Fairless

Sense of Place ~ Part Three

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…

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The Legal Standing of Eco-systems

I would like in this post to introduce the work of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF), whose Associate Director Mari Margil offered the 2010 keynote at the Bioneers Conference. Margil articulates in a far more eloquent and succinct way than I can, the seedling work of turning existing environmental regulatory laws on their respective…

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Restoring the Waters ~ Community Puppet Theater

As you may or may not know, Jim and I live in rural New Hampshire in a small village called Wilmot. For a small community, Wilmot has a big heart: our library is a treasure, with a librarian unlike any librarian you’ve met or imagined. We have a Post Office; a gazebo for summer music;…

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Sense of Place ~ The Layers Part Two

Wendell Berry, among others, writes about love of place. If you love a place, you’re not likely to destroy it. In the first of this series, I wrote about love of place as a child loves place, knowing place as a child knows place. To know place and to love place are not the same…

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Sense of Place ~ The Layers Part One

Once in a while I experience myself ingesting a particular metaphor, or a quotation, or a line from a poem, or an image. The experience is one of inhaling it, and allowing it to circulate throughout my various life systems. Such is the case with lines from the poem The Layers, written by the late…

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