Ragan Sutterfield on Wendell Berry’s “The Gift of Good Land”

Today’s response to Wendell Berry’s essay “The Gift of Good Land” comes from Ragan Sutterfiel, a writer and farmer who has contributed to Flourish magazine in the past. “The Gift of Good Land,” was published thirty years ago, and we … [Read more...]

Deep Down Things: Down-Home Environmentalism

By Kendra Langdon Juskus This is the first year I won't be traveling to upstate New York to my grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. My grandmother passed away last year, and as I reflect on her life this holiday season, I'm re-posting these … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: Curing the Black Friday Blues

Nov. 27: Buy Nothing Day

Thanksgiving has a relatively simple premise. It’s a holiday known for family time, rest, and warm, hearty (and largely local) food. It’s also refreshingly unmarketable. Although you can now send Thanksgiving cards and place giant inflatable … [Read more...]

Weekly Family Activity: Saving the colors of the season

autumn-leaves

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” - Ecclesiastes 3:1 If you live in a place where the seasons change, you get to witness the shift in God’s rich palette of colors every few months. And right … [Read more...]

A danger and a hope: part two

By Kendra Langdon Juskus *This is the second post in a series of creation care community responses to a Derrick Jensen article in Orion Magazine. Read part one here. What lies beneath So Jensen’s understanding of personal responsibility is … [Read more...]

A danger and a hope: part one

By Kendra Langdon Juskus At first blush, Derrick Jensen's recent Orion Magazine article, "Forget Shorter Showers," appears innocuous. But this article requires a careful read, for the spirit guiding it is a hopeless one; even dangerous. … [Read more...]

Forget personal responsibility?

by Kendra Langdon Juskus The most recent issue of Orion Magazine (a forum for exploring the intersection of the natural and cultural worlds) features a column by writer-activist Derrick Jensen, entitled "Forget Shorter Showers." The piece is a … [Read more...]

Oversimplifying Simplicity?

"Modern life has given us useful, inventive solutions to our complex challenges, bettering life but distancing us from the ability to live simply and knowledgeably off the land." - Lisa Graham McMinn, from her book The Contented Soul Reading The … [Read more...]