I am an educator, yoga instructor, and nature enthusiast that writes about the the wonders of the human/nature relationship.
How Will You Grow Your Roots?
Roots (n.) can be defined as the part of a plant that attaches to the ground and transports nutrients from the soil to the plant. With that definition in mind, imagine a tree having just a single root. Having only one point of contact with the soil, means the tree's nutrient profile would be somewhat limited.
Plant Care and Self Care
The Start of a Journey in Plant Care and Self Care I remember the first time I realized plants could be “happy”. It was my sister in law’s response to my brother’s inquiry as to why the Ivy plant had to find its home on the bathroom sink. She responded in a matter of fact way, saying, “It’s happy there.” She shrugged her shoulders and walked away. It was that simple. My brother laughed and shook his head, accepting her words as a reasonable response.
The act of growing your own food or tending to plants in a garden is an act of love. Bell Hooks, an activist, and writer that I admire says in her book, All About Love: New Visions, that “Love is ‘the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.’” (Hooks 1999). Apply this statement to gardening and we can see that when we are gardening we are extending ourselves (our energy and time) to nurture the growth of the plant, the soil, and the creatures living within the garden. And what does this realization teach us about ourselves, our community?
Traveling to Senegal Left Me With More Questions Than Answers
Here I am, sitting on the edge of a fishermen’s boat in the Senegal River in the Saint Louis Region, right outside the village of Mouit. Birds are flapping and squawking from every which way above me. Normally, birds scare me, and I usually run for cover, but I could not duck this time. I was in awe at the sheer number of them and their reaction as we got closer to their sanctuary. Here humans met animals at the nexus that is the Langue De Barbarie National Park in Senegal. I’ve seen lots of birds in my lifetime of course, and I’ve seen bird preservation sites, but here, I felt intrusive, which was a feeling I had more than once during my time here in Senegal. It was more often than not that I felt like an outsider that was invading the classroom, the town or the habitat of others that were native to this land. But I wanted to learn! About the culture, the land and the language so I tried not to stand out too much but alas, that was not possible. I was different and everyone knew it.