Category Archives: Environment

global and local issues that impact the spiritual and physical health of all beings

Which came first, the chicken or the pet?




Eldorado is a small community about 7 miles outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It is a covenant based residential area and for the last two years the question of whether chickens are pets (not designated in the covenants) has caused feathers to fly.  Yesterday, a judge ruled that in Eldorado, at least, chickens do not qualify as pets.  The community has spent over $55,000 on the lawsuit (brought on by pro-chicken advocates) and now may face an appeal.  The chicken owners have spent $22,000 on their case.  It’s sad really that it couldn’t have been mediated more sensibly.   If we can’t resolve neighborly issues like these, how do we hope to truly attain world peace?  DSCN6543


George Washington’s Garden

DSC_0070 DSC_0099 DSC_0109DSC_0045 DSC_0028DSC_0050George reluctantly came to the military and political table.  He viewed himself first and foremost, a farmer.  “Nothing in my opinion would contribute more to the welfare of these States, than the proper management of our Lands,” he declared as he noted soil depletion from heavy tobacco planting.  An ardent composter, according to Andrea Wulf’s Founding Gardeners, an outstanding account of our agricultural/horticultural heritage, Washington “was obsessed with manure and the improvement of the soil.”  A man after my own heart.  I visited Mount Vernon several years ago.  Built on the backs of slaves, it remains a moving testament to the conflicts that gave birth to aristocratic rebellion against the British and then less than one hundred years later, a civil war.  Happy Birthday George.

Rock Art Rocks

DSCN3543 DSCN3524 DSCN3572 DSCN3564 DSCN3540 DSCN3534 DSCN3526Tucked away about 20 miles north of Tularosa on New Mexico Highway 54, the Three Rivers Petroglyphs site, managed by the Bureau of Land Management provide a glimpse into the Jornada Mogollon culture that lived in thatched, semi submerged earth dwellings from approximately 400 AD to 1200 AD when so many thriving cultures seemed to have disappeared…Chaco, Mesa Verde, Hovenweep and many others.  Left behind are the rock tablets that depict a common humanity.  Animals, symbols, handprints and iconic faces can be seen easily on a trail and it’s only a fraction of the 20,000 some thousand that have been identified.

For fans of Michael McGarrity’s Keven Kerney series, this is the land.  And it’s a pretty spectacular place.