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With everything in a state of suspended animation, we look more carefully. False optimism, waves of cynicism, neither serve; sincerity & blunt candor elucidate the nature of this time. Earthly life is out of balance due to human action. So many creatures extinguished, endangered, and the very air we breathe, the sea and soil that feed us, the water we drink, compromised. As other living things perish in the wake of human ‘civilizations’, why did we expect exemption?

30+ years ago, global warming forecasts suggested that disease and pandemics would increase as self-sustaining global ecosystems were increasingly pushed out of natural balance. Year after year, denials trumped reason as the earth was ravaged to produce wealth and supercharge consumer economies. So much stuff to buy. Must have stuff. More stuff. The right stuff. The fun stuff. The stuff to make life worth living. Until it kills us.

In 2020, we shouldn’t be surprised that a microscopic assassin from the wild kingdom holds us hostage; guilty, saddened, exasperated, yes. Motivated to change our collective way of being on this once vibrant earth? Absolutely.

The writing’s been on the wall a long time; the question hangs in the momentarily cleared air above humanity’s indulgent empires. Can we become literate enough to comprehend the science of sustainable co-existence with life on earth in the years to come, or will clinging to the mythology of endless wealth and partisan group-think finally end this Anthropocene reign of error ? We don’t need stuff. We need enlightenment.

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Civilian Conservation Corp access staircase to another world, built in 1930’s about the same time Tolkien was writing the Hobbit- was it something in the water?

Exhausted by civilization I spent yesterday alone in the woods, best remedy in the world and one that needs to be taken by everyone- by me in larger doses, more frequently and longer. Wyalusing State Park is one of Wisconsin’s treasures along the Mississippi River. So much of the normal sacred wilderness shares with us has gone missing from our day to day worlds, and we suffer that absence unknowingly, individually and as a culture. Without deep roots, growth ceases.  These photos contain some of the old medicine I discovered yesterday.

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Headwater above the cave. Don’t let the tiny stream fool you- a torrent’s just one heavy rainfall away

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Picture Rock Cave, water carved in St Peter sandstone, @ 400 million years old, deposited below the waves of the Ordovician Sea.

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Woodland Effigy Mound peoples took refuge here; their petroglyphs and rock paintings were destroyed by subsequent visitors. http://www.nps.gov/efmo/historyculture/effigy-moundbuilders.htm

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Beauty at every turn in these woods

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Hanging Gardens of leaf, moss and shadow adorn the upper walls of this sandstone cavern

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