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Our Grandmother.

This is a wonderful quote. When we think of our grandmothers, we think of someone we want to treat with respect, dignity, and integrity for their wisdom. Mother Earth is the same. She possesses so much wisdom that when we are open and see ourselves as being one with the world we receive that wisdom.

Today, Kathy and I talked about place the Wendell Berry speaks about it. When we feel we live in a place, it means something profound to us. We think of those places not as out there, but very much in us and us in that place. We find community in those places because we have much in common with the others who live, animate and inanimate.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. I love Wendell Berry. I recently read Jayber Crow and recommend it enthusiastically.

    I’m a bit confused by this from the link you provided: “In his opinion, many environmentalists place too much emphasis on wild lands without acknowledging the importance of agriculture to our society.”

    I am an environmentalist, and I very much understand the importance of agriculture, as do all the environmentalists I know. What we oppose is the same thing Berry opposes – corporate agriculture. Farming belongs in the hands of farmers. Family farmers are being displaced here and abroad by monstrous corporate farms that destroy the earth, use too much water, and poison our lands. I see Berry and environmentalists in the same camp here.

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    • Wendell Berry’s work is important to the deep ecology movement which works at finding a right balance between use and conserving. I think your last paragraph is a great summary. I once watched a documentary with Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki and one of the conclusions was family farmers were great environmentalists. Similar to Wendell Berry, Suzuki and his guest, felt when we hold the place close to our being it means something quite different than corporate posturing

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  2. from years of living with native americans
    i’ve gained much understanding of Wendell Berry’s words, thanks

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  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    That is certainly a lovely thought!

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  4. Pingback: Voice of The Inanimate | Teacher as Transformer

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