A Telling Tale

“We have severed our connection to the very source of life, and as a result we are possessed by an ever-growing hunger that we try to fill by consuming more and more, in the process destroying the very fabric of life that sustains us” ~Larry Robinson Recently, I started to re-read the wonderful anthology, Ecotherapy: Healing Read more about A Telling Tale[…]

The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis

If we will have the wisdom to survive/to stand like slow growing trees/on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it/then a long time after we are dead/the lives our lives prepare/will live here. ~Wendell Berry It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the shear scope of our environmental crisis. It seems that daily I am bombarded Read more about The Great Turning – 3 Ways to Confront the Crisis[…]

(Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption

The holidays season is in full swing! And for the most part, it has been a nice change of pace for my family and I. Over the past week or so, we (my wife, two young children, and I) have had the opportunity to spend extra time together and have made many meaningful family memories. There Read more about (Happy) Holidays: Christmas and Consumption[…]

Globalization and the Human Soul

In many ways, thanks to globalization, the world is a lot smaller than it was 50 years ago. And, it continues to shrink. As noted by Norton (2014):  “Today we can move our goods and ourselves from one place to another much more rapidly than ever before, while ideas and capital can travel anywhere in Read more about Globalization and the Human Soul[…]

A Resilient Community?

This past Tuesday (July 22, 2014), I had the privilege of attending the kick-off brainstorming session for Hamilton’s Community Climate Change Action Plan. I really appreciated the overarching vision for the plan: there is a focus both on ways that we can mitigate climate change at a local level, while also recognizing the need to Read more about A Resilient Community?[…]

Real Life: Challenging the Status Quo

My talented sister, writer Liz Windhorst Harmer, recently gave me a copy of the New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry. She immediately pointed me to one particular piece, Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front. The words of this beautiful poem resonated deeply with my own feelings about our (sick) society. Berry’s piece reminded me that we must Read more about Real Life: Challenging the Status Quo[…]

Consumption and Culture-Making

Pretty excited that a letter that I wrote to the editor of Comment in response to an article entitled Consumption and Culture-Making: Let’s fight for balance and care in our fight against resource over-consumption was published in the Summer 2014 issue of the magazine. Have a look below to see what I had to say. Read more about Consumption and Culture-Making[…]