Newsletter: “Bramble Mansion” January 8th, 2019

  1. Find Me On The Road: I am currently back in Vancouver, BC. Fine tuning my aging van for a trip down the West coast, podcasting like mad, and wearing my pineapple socks, hoping to channel those Van city hipster vibes!
  2. Photo of the Week: “Bramble Mansion” I talked to John Bach, a biodynamic beekeeper in North Van, at his house, tucked in among these brambles.  What an oasis of garden and life in the heart of the city.
  3. Who I’m Listening to: Jadea Kelly “Make Peace With It”. Hauntingly beautiful, so much depth to her lyrics and voice
  4. Quote of the day: “In the Western tradition there is a recognized hierarchy of beings, with, of course, the human being on top-the pinnacle of evolution, the darling of Creation-and the plants at the bottom. But in Native ways of knowing, human people are often referred to as “the younger brothers of Creation.” We say that humans have the least experience with how to live and thus the most to learn—we must look to our teachers among the other species for guidance. Their wisdom is apparent in the way that they live. They teach us by example. They’ve been on the earth far longer than we have been, and have had time to figure things out. They live both above and below the ground, joining Skyworld to the earth. Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away.” Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  5. Current State of Affairs: My current challenge is the financial uncertainty of life on the road, unanticipated costs, and the risk of starting up a project that will not immediately generate income. Budgeting until April when I start “my real job” again is forcing me to get creative and also to trust in life. My greatest gift is the kindness of strangers, podcast guests, and new friends along the way. Some highlights include an Australian I met at a co-working space in Vancouver, coffee with a biodynamic beekeeper, and an oil change and delicious dinner at my cousin’s house who I haven’t seen in way too many years.

Coming up: Podcast with Alia Johanna of Roots to Harvest on using food as a tool to empower and educate youth!

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