Finding the Spiral in Chacal, Mexico by Marina Richie

Finding the Spiral in Chacal, Mexico by Marina Richie

With one slow glide of his forefinger, our guide Mauricio traces the spiral carved deep in the rock thousands of years ago, even before the Aztecs. He carries a straw hat festooned in feathers of the shaman who taught him the stories of these sacred pools in the...
SPARKS

SPARKS

Walking through a nearby park at dusk the other night, I saw a single spark. Then another. Soon there were too many to count, hovering in the airspace between my chin and my ankles, lighting my way past the lake, the gazebo, and over the boney cast iron bridge. Who...
COMMUNITY, DEMOCRACY, AND THE LAND

COMMUNITY, DEMOCRACY, AND THE LAND

This is who I am: Devil’s Den, Bull Run Farm, Sages Ravine, Spruce Knob, Dickinson’s Reach, Heron’s Rip, Moosilauke, Arun River Valley, Central Harlem, Cedar Mesa, Chama River, Chichicastango, Arch Rock, Drake’s Beach, Glacier Bay, Lake Atitlan, Knoll Farm. That’s my...
WHAT DOES THE WORD “FARMER” MEAN?

WHAT DOES THE WORD “FARMER” MEAN?

The definition of farmer is: “a person who cultivates land or crops or raises animals (such as livestock or fish).”[1] In use, however, the term isn’t that clear. The most recent USDA numbers show more than half of today’s farmers have a primary occupation other than...