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7th September 2021

September 7th this year is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. September is also the beginning of our academic year and the time after our summer break which feels like a new start for many of us. Life does not go on the same, there are always surprises and new beginnings, some more welcome than others.

It is easy to bemoan the things we are aware of that damage people and planet, but change comes by believing in the future and letting go of the past. Things can seem beyond our control, but holding hope and vision for new ways of co-operation, respect and wisdom helps to bring in the new.

I love this Rosh Hashanah blessing, usually given with a piece of apple dipped in honey. I send it to you, and to our planet:

May the Lord renew for you a year that is good and sweet.
(Use whatever term you are comfortable with)

Sitting

I am sitting on the sand,
I am sitting on my planet.

I am rooted in this time,
I am present in this place.

This is my arena for life,
I leave footprints on its face.

8th August 2021

‘As you walk upon the sacred earth, treat each step as a prayer.’ Black Elk. We walk the earth with dead feet, not connecting to the wonder beneath us. What difference might it make to the earth, and to us, if we walked with living feet? Walking consciously is good, having bare feet even better, and dancing better still. Walk your appreciation and your connection into the planet. Dance your song of love and feel the joy.

10th July 2021

Our sweet dog Lizzie died this week. Death of pets affects us very deeply for they are all unique and much loved. Even non-mammals have different characters and can establish a relationship with us. Sometimes we see pets and farm animals as separate from the big canvas of nature; we have removed them from the wild and could think that it is our taming and our interaction that leads to these relationships. But let us look at it the other way round. Our relationship with pets shows us that we can respect and relate to other aspects of nature. All of nature is a network of ecosystems, and in an ecosystem all the diverse elements interrelate and affect each other. We too are part of nature. Let us use that knowledge to ensure that our relationships and interaction with our planet are positive elements in our ecosystem.

10th June 2021

Do you like grass? I love it. I love the green carpet in my garden that is soft on my feet and eye. There are approximately 11,400 species of grass which include wheat, barley, oats, rice, maize, sorghum and millet so grass provides nearly half of all human food and even more when you consider it as the food of the meat that we eat. Grass covers a quarter of the land surface. And it traps carbon dioxide, stabilises the soil preventing erosion, improves the soil keeping it cooler and moister, it helps clean the air and reduces noise pollution.

11th May 2021

Our ancestors’ lives were entwined with the land and its seasons. For this they needed an accurate knowledge of the sun and moon, the timing of the solstices, equinoxes, cross-quarter days, full moons, new moons and eclipses. And their stone monuments were precisely aligned to give this. The annual position of the sun is regular and easy to align with. But the moon’s arc around the earth varies from month to month. (That is why we get supermoons that look bigger than usual when the moon is nearer the earth, such as our next full moon on May 26th.) The arc is slightly tilted and so the moon varies in position over a period of 18.6 years. It also has a slight wobble with a cycle of 173.3 days or half an eclipse year. Amazingly many of the stone monuments in Britain were built to calculate these such as the Aubrey holes at Stonehenge which mark the cycle of the arc. Knowledge of the moon’s wobble, known and measured by the Neolithic people in Britain, was then lost until observed in the 16th century. The moon measurements obtained were engraved on markers of stone, bone or antler from 30,000 years ago and possibly as long ago as 300,000 years.