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Braiding Sweetgrass
Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
"As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness--the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural--to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. The woven essays that construct this book bring people back into conversation with all that is green and growing; a universe that never stopped speaking to us, even when we forgot how to listen"--
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hissingpotatoes
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5/5⭐ There are no words to describe how powerful, beautiful, and tightly crafted this book is. I strongly recommend the audiobook narrated by the author. #bookspinbingo #bookspin

DinoMom This book was amazing. Made me feel all the feels and I have recommended it to so many people! Everyone should read it ❤️. It was also the first book I tagged when I first joined Litsy! 6d
hissingpotatoes @DinoMom That's awesome! And I 💯 agree! 6d
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hissingpotatoes
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No one would doubt that I love my children, & even a quantitative social psychologist would find no fault with my list of loving behaviors:
• nurturing health & well-being
• protection from harm
• encouraging individual growth & development
• desire to be together
• generous sharing of resources
• working together for a common goal
• celebration of shared values
• interdependence
• sacrifice by one for the other
• creation of beauty

hissingpotatoes If we observed these behaviors between humans, we would say, “She loves that person.” You might also observe these actions between a person and a bit of carefully tended ground and say, “She loves that garden.” Why then, seeing this list, would you not make the leap to say that the garden loves her back? 1w
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hissingpotatoes
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The land loves us back. She loves us with beans and tomatoes, with roasting ears and blackberries and birdsongs. By a shower of gifts and a heavy rain of lessons. She provides for us and teaches us to provide for ourselves. That‘s what good mothers do. ⬇

hissingpotatoes I looked around at the garden and could feel her delight in giving us these beautiful raspberries, squash, basil, potatoes, asparagus, lettuce, kale and beets, broccoli, peppers, brussels sprouts, carrots, dill, onions, leeks, spinach. It reminded me of my little girls‘ answer to “How much do I love you?” “Thiiiiiiiis much,” with arms stretched wide, they replied. 1w
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As I grew to understand the gifts of the earth, I couldn't understand how “love of country“ could omit recognition of the actual country itself. The only promise it requires is to a flag. What of the promises to each other and to the land?

What would it be like to be raised on gratitude, to speak to the natural world as a member of the democracy of species, to raise a pledge of interdependence? ⬇

hissingpotatoes No declarations of political loyalty are required, just a response to a repeated question: “Can we agree to be grateful for all that is given?”
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Imagine if our government meetings began with the Thanksgiving Address. What if our leaders first found common ground before fighting over their differences?
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hissingpotatoes
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While expressing gratitude seems innocent enough, it is a revolutionary idea. In a consumer society, contentment is a radical proposition. Recognizing abundance rather than scarcity undermines an economy that thrives by creating unmet desires. Gratitude cultivates an ethic of fullness, but the economy needs emptiness. The Thanksgiving Address reminds you that you already have everything you need. ⬇

hissingpotatoes Gratitude doesn‘t send you out shopping to find satisfaction; it comes as a gift rather than a commodity, subverting the foundation of the whole economy. That‘s good medicine for land and people alike. 1w
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 237: Reading Goals 2022

Happy birthday to the podcast, born in January 2014! This is 30 minutes of just my voice.

Jenny talks about her reading goals for 2022, starts thinking about Russian novels, and reflects on reading goals for 2021. Next time we'll be back to our regular episodes!

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy237

Ruthiella Congratulations on the podcast anniversary! 🥳 1w
LeahBergen Congratulations! 🎂 1w
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andrew61 Congratulations jenny. 1w
Bianca Amazing! Congrats, Jenny! 1w
Reggie Happy Birthday, Podcast!!! Also, I just want to say I absolve you of Sarah Langan. Lol Try John Langan. The Fisherman or House of Windows. Congrats on keeping the podcast going, Jenny. 3d
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hissingpotatoes
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The idea of asking schoolchildren to pledge loyalty to a political system seems exceedingly curious.
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And it‘s not exactly liberty if they force you to say it, is it?

sprainedbrain 🙌🏼 2w
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hissingpotatoes
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We are showered every day with gifts, but they are not meant for us to keep. Their life is in their movement, the inhale and the exhale of our shared breath. Our work and our joy is to pass along the gift and to trust that what we put out into the universe will always come back.

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hissingpotatoes
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We spill over into the world and the world spills over into us.

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The young and the old are linked in one long breath, an inhalation that calls for reciprocal exhalation, nourishing the common root from which they both arose. New leaf to old, old to new, mother to daughter—mutuality endures. I am consoled by the lesson of lilies.

Soubhiville This book is so full of wisdom and beautiful thoughts. 3w
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hissingpotatoes
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Maybe a little breeze came up, maybe a hidden current, or the earth tilting on its axis to slosh the pond, but whatever the invisible hand, my little boat began to rock gently, like a cradle on the water. Held by the hills and rocked by the water, the hand of the breeze against my cheek, I gave myself over to the comfort that came, unbidden.

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hissingpotatoes
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The tightness of Kimmerer's writing and themes is mind-blowing.

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Transformation is not accomplished by tentative wading at the edge.

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hissingpotatoes
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Ponds grow old, and though I will too, I like the ecological idea of aging as progressive enrichment, rather than progressive loss.

readordierachel Love this 2w
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy 236: Best Reads of 2021

Jenny asked previous podcast guests to chat about their top reads of the year, whether or not they were published in 2021. Jenny also chimes in with her own obscure categories. Please enjoy hearing from Tina, Tom, Lindy, Trish, Andrew, Kim, Jeff, Elizabeth, Audrey, Scott, Robin, Mina, Emily, Chris, Nadine, and Ross.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy236

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hissingpotatoes
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In English, we never refer to a member of our family, or indeed to any person, as it. That would be a profound act of disrespect. It robs a person of selfhood and kinship, reducing a person to a mere thing. So it is that in Potawatomi and most other indigenous languages, we use the same words to address the living world as we use for our family. Because they are our family.

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hissingpotatoes
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Our teacher, Justin Neely, a young man devoted to language revival, explains that while there are several words for thank you, there is no word for please. Food was meant to be shared, no added politeness needed; it was simply a cultural given that one was asking respectfully. The missionaries took this absence as further evidence of crude manners.

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That September pairing of purple and gold is lived reciprocity; its wisdom is that the beauty of one is illuminated by the radiance of the other. Science and art, matter and spirit, indigenous knowledge and Western science—can they be goldenrod and asters for each other? When I am in their presence, their beauty asks me for reciprocity, to be the complementary color, to make something beautiful in response.

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When I stare too long at the world with science eyes, I see an afterimage of traditional knowledge. Might science and traditional knowledge be purple and yellow to one another, might they be goldenrod and asters?

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This was a wonderful look at how science can be enriched by the knowledge of indigenous people. A look at a more reciprocal relationship with plants, animals and our overall environment. Love how eloquently she blends personal recollections and research with facts and native folklore.

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Centique
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Thank you for the gift of this book @Reggie ! I‘ve taken about 3 months to read it because almost every chapter I had to stop and think for a few days. It‘s truly changed the way I view the natural world - I want to be a participant with it and not a spectator of it. Figuring it out will take some time but I see a way forward now. Again the learnings we get from indigenous cultures are just mind blowingly valuable 🤯 Kimmerer is a genius ⬇️

Centique Picture: I had to get up at 5am yesterday to take His Elderliness to a hospital appointment. And was given this gift of a sunrise 😍😍 2mo
squirrelbrain Wonderful review Paula! I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while and your comments have only reinforced that. 2mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful sunrise ❤️ 2mo
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Reggie That is a beautiful sunrise. In this book I heard about from Jenny, I loved hearing how the indigenous people knew not to build anything permanent near the Mississippi River because of the fluctuating width and floods of the river. How part of the reason Katrina was so bad was because they don‘t get the silt they used to from the Delta of the Mississippi because now there are 29 dams. We try to adapt nature and it never works. The indigenous knew 2mo
Reggie to adapt to nature. It was called Rising. Glad you liked this book! 2mo
Centique @Reggie I remember her talking about that one too, it sounds so good - adding to the TBR! 2mo
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hissingpotatoes
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Strawberries first shaped my view of a world full of gifts simply scattered at your feet. A gift comes to you through no action of your own, free, having moved toward you without your beckoning. It is not a reward; you cannot earn it, or call it to you, or even deserve it. And yet it appears. Your only role is to be open-eyed and present.

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Larkken
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I think I figured out my December TBR! It was hard for me to find seasonally-appropriate books to start with, and then I left too many prompts from popsugar and read harder challenges to the last month 😬 oops!
Tagged book I was very much enjoying before the library took it back, so it‘s the book I‘m most excited to finish next month!
#WinterGames2021 #MistletoeManiacs #BookSpin #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Clwojick Ooooh! Looks good! 2mo
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1. I plan to read the tagged, plus I'll be listening to something when driving places.
2. Mashed potatoes
#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView I enjoy audio drives. Thanks for playing and happy Thanksgiving 2mo
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Julsmarshall
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This book weaves together many worlds: natural, mythical, & human, in a beautiful & compelling way. Sharing her knowledge as a scientist, naturalist & Native woman, I was inspired and informed about our world and what we can do to support it for future generations of living things-human and non human. We only have one planet and it is up to us, now, to protect it. I highly recommend this book, it is as gorgeous as it is important. Great on #audio.

StaceGhost This is my favorite thing to start the day listening to 2mo
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Oh, I am going to savor this gentle book.

StaceGhost It‘s so so good 2mo
TurnerofPages It's on my 2022 TBR list!! 2mo
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CampbellTaraL
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A collection of essays by a person who is both scientist and indigenous, the latter of which is the primary lens used to understand our world. There are many takeaways that move you to do something, namely starting with a hard look at the materialistic worldview of our (dominant) culture. Reverence, gratitude, reciprocity, respect; not just for humans, but every thing, the inanimate included.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really liked this one too. 2mo
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Palimpsest
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Hi friends! I haven‘t posted any reviews because I haven‘t been able to read as much lately. I‘ve been struggling with more frequent bouts of migraines and my son keeps getting sick. Anyway, these are the books I‘m currently reading. Braiding Sweetgrass is an audible book which is great. I‘ve just missed sharing with this community, but am still frequently checking out everyone‘s posts and I‘m still stacking more books to read!

Leftcoastzen I hope you feel better soon. And I hope your son improves too . (edited) 2mo
Julsmarshall I hope you and your son are on the mend soon. I‘m listening to this book right now too. Really enjoying it! 2mo
Reggie I hope your son feels better. 2mo
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Megabooks I am so sorry. Sending good health vibes to you and your family! 2mo
TrishB Hope things improve soon. 2mo
QuietlyLaura I hope you and your son feel better soon. 💕 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope y‘all feel better soon! 2mo
BiblioLitten I hope you both feel better soon💕 2mo
BookNAround Migraines are terrible and I hope your son is past all of the illness. Wishing better health to both of you. 2mo
Bookwomble I hope things have improved for you both since you posted this 💗 2mo
Palimpsest @Leftcoastzen Thank you so much! 1mo
Palimpsest @Julsmarshall Thank you! I still have two hours of this audiobook to go! 1mo
Palimpsest @Reggie Thank you, Reggie! Doing much better! 1mo
Palimpsest @Megabooks Thanks for the good vibes! 1mo
Palimpsest @TrishB Thank you, Trish! 1mo
Palimpsest @QuietlyLaura Thank you so much! 1mo
Palimpsest @DaveGreen7777 Thank you so much! 1mo
Palimpsest @BiblioLitten Thank you! 1mo
Palimpsest @BookNAround Thank you so much! 1mo
Palimpsest @Bookwomble Thank you so much! Thankfully they have! 1mo
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Current audiobook.

I‘m almost halfway through and so very in love with this book. It‘s amazing.

StaceGhost I‘m listening to this too! It‘s entrancing 3mo
SkeletonKey @StaceGhost - It really is! I have the physical book but I‘m glad I did audio. 3mo
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CampbellTaraL
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I started reading Braiding Sweetgrass and this passage got me thinking about how we treat gifting. The passage is about so much more than just gifts, but in light of the supply chain problems as we enter the holiday season, it stood out for me today as a reminder of what a gift really is about: "a feeling-bond between two people."

Crazeedi Parts of this book were beautiful, parts I wasnt as crazy about, but this passage is very true 3mo
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StaceGhost
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Loving this audiobook so very much. Almost finished Eliot‘s sweater & the book 📖 daydreaming what to cast on & listen to next! #knittersoflitsy #knitting #audioknit

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jb72
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#wondrouswednesday

No, but I have plans to start a journal.
It‘s been okay. I‘ve finished 5 books so far.
Grateful: my children, good weather, great pets, good books

Eggs You are Blessed💙 3mo
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monalyisha
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The time has come for my IRL Book Club to begin choosing titles for next year. There are 6 of us, so we each get to choose two. I know that one of my picks will be Braiding Sweetgrass (I‘ve been meaning to read it for so long)…but what should the other be?

Which of these titles would you most want to discuss with a book club? Which would you drop?

*I‘d also consider The Need by Helen Phillips in lieu of Nightbitch.

DogEaredBooks My votes are for Cultish and Why Fish Don‘t exist! Both are just amazing books and would have so much to talk about. (I‘m read Braiding Sweetgrass right now and loving it so I am also voting for that one too!!) 4mo
TiredLibrarian I'd like to read this one; sounds a bit like Dead Poets Society. 4mo
monalyisha @DogEaredBooks I‘m tempted! But I‘m also more of a novel gal, as a general rule, so I‘m not sure about picking two nonfic titles — especially since I know we‘ll be reading at least one other (tagged). But they all look so good! 😫🙈 4mo
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monalyisha @TiredLibrarian Yes! A bunch of teachers in my group, too, so I think that would make it all the more interesting. And we‘re all New Englanders. And Lisa Lutz has been on my TBR in one form or another for a long time and I‘ve never read a single one of her books. 4mo
Palimpsest I love Piranesi, but it‘s also the only book on this list I‘ve read. There are a few here I‘ve been meaning to read including Braiding Sweetgrass. 4mo
monalyisha @Palimpsest I think Piranesi is a strong contender! I also like that it‘s shorter; I think that will hold appeal. 😉 4mo
vlwelser If you want a novel, out of these, I would suggest Piranesi for book club. The Swallows is definitely on my TBR but I probably wouldn't pick it for book club. 4mo
monalyisha @vlwelser Talking through it with other readers is helpful! Thanks! 4mo
TiredLibrarian @monalyisha I read the Spellman series; loved them. They're a bit like Janet Evanovich's numbers series but much smarter & quirkier. Highly recommend! 👍 3mo
Tera66 I liked Fair Fight🥊 and loved River of Teeth🦛. 3mo
monalyisha @Tera66 What do you think about their potential for sparking book club discussions? 3mo
Tera66 @monalyisha It's been quite a while since I read Fair Fight, but I think it would be a good discussion about Feminism and gender roles then and now. But wow, River of Teeth would be good for all the what ifs! Especially with what has happened with covid and the planet. And how decisions of one government can cause issues globally 3mo
Tera66 @monalyisha I think I would choose based off the topics your group would be comfortable talking about. Both are great opportunities for great discussions. 3mo
monalyisha @Tera66 Helpful! Thanks. 😊 3mo
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As my 3 year old screams “mommy, I need a hug!!” from her bedroom after hours of bedtime sweetness and trying to teach more sleep independence. Reading this passage cut to the core 💔

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Mitch
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This demands slow reading, you need time to savour sentences, reflect on wisdom, examine your own thinking / ideals & ponder an alternative narrative that might feel different from your own. The book hit some dramatic highs - when I fed hungrily on her wisdom and ability to use story to change my point of view. At times I wanted to step away from her voice and challenge some of her choices, but that's good if a book gets you to that point, right?!

Mitch Thanks for reading along with me @chrissyreadit #buddyreadsrock 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really enjoyed this one too. 4mo
Mitch @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it gave me so much to think about 4mo
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I had expected this book to be narrative nonfiction, but it reads as a collection of essays. Some of the essays are more engaging than others, and the book is slow-paced and contemplative. This is a good thing because Kimmerer gives her readers much to think about as she explains the natural world.

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Mitch
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Trying to relax in the bath with my book … this buddy would rather I blew bubbles for him to chase! 🤣

hannah-leeloo But how can you say no to that cutie 🤣 4mo
persephone1408 Awww sweet baby🖤🐶 4mo
Mitch @hannah-leeloo the accompanying low whine makes it impossible! 🤣 4mo
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Mitch @persephone1408 he really is xx 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading Adorable!!! 4mo
CBee That face 😂♥️ 4mo
Cupcake12 Woodford …so adorable 💙 4mo
BkClubCare How cute! 4mo
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Soubhiville He‘s so cute! 💙 4mo
wanderinglynn Too cute! ❤️🐶 4mo
Leftcoastzen 😀🐶so cute! 4mo
ReadingEnvy Omg that face 4mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Reggie Omg, who could resist that! 4mo
tracey38 So adorable though! 4mo
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Jen2
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So lovely!

Tamra Enjoy! 💜 4mo
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It‘s not enough to weep for our lost landscapes; we have to put our hands in the earth to make ourselves whole again. Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.

Reggie Lovely 5mo
Lindy @Reggie choose joy. I need to be reminded sometimes. 😊 5mo
batsy Beautiful quote and photo 🐔 5mo
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Cazxxx
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It‘s difficult to do this book justice with words, it‘s just simply beautiful. Part science, nature, essays and spirituality, it really is something to be savoured. We should all practice gratitude for the wonder that is nature and look after Mother Earth 🌎

PhyllisH One of my favorites. I‘m looking forward to reading Gathering Moss. (edited) 5mo
Cazxxx @PhyllisH Ooh I‘ll need to check that out 5mo
PhyllisH @Cazxxx 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😊 5mo
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What a magical book. An indigenous woman who has studied botany and has a PhD in ecology, she tells tales and stories about the land and plants and peoples relationships with them through the eyes of an indigenous person. It was haunting and hopeful, beautiful and totally grounding. I feel like it was the perfect time for me to come across this book

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“One story leads to the generous embrace of the living world, the other to banishment. One woman is our ancestral gardener, a cocreator of the good green world that would be the home of her descendants. The other was an exile, just passing through an alien world on a rough road to her real home in heaven. And then they met-the offspring of Skywoman and the children of Eve-and the land around us bears the scars of that meeting”

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Hello 5 am.

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Mitch
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Our very lovely neighbours dropped by this afternoon with some blackberries from their garden. This is such a ‘gift‘ from nature that ties beautifully with the chapters I‘m reading from this book about really thinking about a gift economy and it‘s impact on our wants and desires. Of course I had to tell my neighbour about the book!

DivineDiana A wonderful gift! You have good neighbors! 5mo
Mitch @DivineDiana they‘re such a lovely couple 5mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- gifts from the earth and the heart ❤️ 5mo
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wanderinglynn How lovely! And they look delicious! 5mo
brightSUNshaine Looks delicious 😋 5mo
UwannaPublishme Just saw this. Love your beautiful kitchen! 😍 4mo
Mitch @UwannaPublishme Oh - thank you xxx 4mo
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Mitch
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How to get out of a reading slump…..
1- Have your very good reading buddy chose you a damn good book
2- Read a section a week then look forward to a Sunday catch up together to share ideas, thoughts and hopes for the future

Love you @Chrissyreadit

tdrosebud I initially started this by audio and she had such a soothing voice. However, I found myself wanting to highlight and go back so I bought a physical copy. It's waiting for my vacation (almost there) so I can take the time to really savor it. 5mo
Mitch @tdrosebud I think you really need to savour every sentence! You‘ll need a lot of page markers! 5mo
SamAnne Lovely. 5mo
Chrissyreadit 😘❤️😘❤️I‘m so glad you feel the beauty of this book too! And are on this journey with me. 5mo
DinoMom This was one of my favourite reads! 5mo
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Darklunarose
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My two next reads…braiding sweetgrass and Pine.

ShelleyBooksie Grogu ♡ 6mo
Pjwagner I‘m just finishing Braiding Sweetgrass. I enjoyed it.
Not familiar with Pine, but it looks interesting!
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Darklunarose @Pjwagner I‘m a few chapters into braiding sweetgrass now and I‘m really enjoying it. There is so much we can learn from indigenous cultures the world over. I‘m hoping line will be ok, it‘s on a list of cottage core books I‘m going though 6mo
kat.hinton Are you willing to share th list of cottagecore books? That sounds like an interesting list to sort through! 6mo
Darklunarose @kat.hinton I‘ll take some photos of the books and post them here. I got the lists from YouTube and good reads. 6mo
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shanaqui
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This bit about Onondaga Lake is more interesting to me than some of the rest because restorative ecology is a fascinating idea. I don't know if I agree that native plants have to be the ones to put back in an area; sometimes the area has changed so much over time that it would be better to use plants adapted for that. There's no guarantee you can get the land to be the same as it was before.

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shanaqui
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Still plodding along with this. I'm trying to take it for what it is -- and there are parts that have more scientific underpinnings -- but it really strikes me as more of a biography than really linking indigenous wisdom with science all that much. I'd hoped for a bit more.

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shanaqui
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I was really hoping for a lot more of the scientific side of Kimmerer's knowledge. This is really a memoir, in many ways, and one which deeply romanticises indigenous life. Which is not a bad thing if that's what you're looking for, but I wasn't, so I'm still struggling with engaging with it.

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shanaqui
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I'm struggling a little with this. I'm a scientist, and though I'm not a botanist, I know the scientific world she's talking about... and I've never had much connection with growing things. It doesn't help that she's writing about very North American landscapes and ecologies, rather than British landscapes I would be more likely to recognise. For right now, it feels a little sentimental to me, I guess, though that's not quite the right word.

shanaqui It's not that I disagree with her view on nature, because so far I pretty much don't. Maybe I'm just being too British?! 6mo
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