Chama River about Double Overnight

Now we need to get home. The first big test of the fire-engine red four-wheel-drive.

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Bare Bones Biology 168 – Who Will Speak?

Obviously our culture is built on a base of Ponzi economics. Look it up. Ponzi. Unless we change what we are doing, that means it will come to a giant crashing end. Quite soon. If we want to have a future for the youngsters of today, we need to change the corposystem to a different economy that does NOT use more resources than the earth can grow. There are many helpful references to guide us, but the change must be for the better, not for the worse, and as the trite old saying has it – it must begin in each of us. We must shift our attitudes from growing money to nurturing the Life of the Biosystem that feeds us. We must shift our approach from warrior soldier to grandmother earth. We must shift our lifestyle from predator to helpmate.

Hear the warrior song of King Gassar.

Our Earth is Wounded.
Her oceans and lakes are sick
Her rivers are like running sores
The air is filled with subtle poisons,
And the oily smoke of countless hellish fires
Blackens the sun.
Men and women, scattered from homeland, family, friends
Wander desolate and uncertain, scorched by a toxic sun.
In this desert of frightened, blind uncertainty,
Some take refuge in the pursuit of power.
Some become manipulators of illusion and deceit
If wisdom and harmony still dwell in this world
As other than a dream lost in an unopened book
They are hidden in our heartbeat
And it is from our hearts that we cry out
We cry out and our voices are the single voice of this wounded earth
Our cries are a great wind across the earth.

And now I’ll give you the short answer from Shodo Spring’s Compassionate Earth Walk (
Check it out; the long version is even better, and better yet is the feet on the ground.

“The Compassionate Earth Walk is a spiritual pilgrimage honoring our place within the community of life.
We walk as a blessing to the earth and to those we meet, and as a prayer for all earth’s children.”


Shodo is walking now.

And the final answer is this, written and read by Jennie Lawrence at the first “Healing the Earth” conference in 2004

Who speaks for the dream?
Written and read by Jennie Lawrence

Who speaks for the yellow-woods, the wild flowers?
Not I said I, numbed into silence by my fear of the human race.

Who speaks for the elephants, the tortoise and the butterfly?
Not I, said I, stunned into apathy by my fear of the human race.

Who speaks for the dolphins, the pansy-shell, the coral reef?
Blinded to the truth by my fear of the human race.

Curled up alone, under the darkness of the African sky,
I take refuge in the stars,
And I dream a dream.

Dawn breaks.
I hear the clarion call of the whales in the bay.
Greetings, say I from the shoreline.
Mountain lands bright with sunshine,
Blue-green glistening sea,
Shadowed only by the spector of looming danger.
Creeping closer, creeping closer.

Though changes come so fast,
Each day is an unwritten script.

I am now less afraid of human beings,
And draw closer to the eye of the storm.
As the paralysis melts,
And the heart beats,
And the eyes see,
And the ears hear.

I speak for the yellow-woods, for the rain forest.
I speak with our people; we create community.
Our human hurts, and wounded earth will heal,
And this shall be again our garden.

You should listen to this poem. Jennie Lawrence is wonderfully genuine reading her poem: