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Solitude Farm

“Dear friends, I am Krishna McKenzie and I started and run Solitude Farm in Auroville, Tamil, Nadu, India. Since 18 years, I have been deeply…


Added by Michael Levin on May 24, 2011 at 9:43am — No Comments

New farms, Old ways

I had a chance to visit one of the new kind of dairy farmers yesterday – the kind who fills a farm

with a variety of people, and animals, plants and trees, and new ideas. This kind of farmer is fascinated with the way things work: how water and air flow through soil, how organic matter is built up or depleted, the impacts of plowing, the intricacies of grazing, the behavior of cows, chickens, predator hawks, shepherd…


Added by davidreed on October 6, 2011 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Breathing in Mt. Rainier

Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg

11319 8th Ave. NE Apt. 106

Seattle, Wa. 98125



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Harry was sitting on a bench near Puget Sound with a fixated stare 50-miles away at mammoth Mt. Rainer. He was feeling a connection, inwardly laughing, musing to himself: “we’re both part of the earth; she just happened to grow a bit larger than me.” He wondered if there was a way to make a tangible,… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on October 7, 2011 at 4:01pm — 2 Comments

Les Rapides, at The Congo River

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Les Rapides, at The Congo River with children swimming, a boat and Kinshasha, DRC on the far shore. A new set of photos at the Flickr link!

NPR is running a series of stories this week about the Congo River and just this place.…


Added by Michael Levin on August 31, 2010 at 10:27am — No Comments

Sexy Radish Farm


Blow up your TV throw away your paper

Go to the country, build you a home

Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches...

(John Prine song)…


Added by Michael Levin on April 25, 2011 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Running with the Salmon

I wrote this story for an under 300 word contest. The story came to me after standing by a stream in a park outside of Seattle that had a sign about the stream, that fifty years

ago, during spawning season, the stream was filled with salmon bank to bank. Next

fall I’ll have to check out how few there are. And there was a metal statue of

the otter in the park.…


Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on April 28, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Don't Fence Me In

Howdy, Zoobirds! Thank God It's Friday! This little tune should get your weekend started off right. Thanks to Marko Stankovic in Belgrade for the…

Added by Michael Levin on August 14, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Un-Natural Selection

Hiking on Paynes Prairie yesterday, we watched a large flock of turkeys strutting among the dog fennel and salt bush plants. But we were also a bit horrified. Here it is only a few days before Thanksgiving and they're wandering around without a care in the world. After centuries of being the main attraction on the traditional Thanksgiving table, you’d think they would have developed some instinctive aversion to all things human at this hungry season. They should feel uneasy and have an… Continue

Added by Lars Andersen on November 25, 2009 at 10:19am — 6 Comments

Burning Man

Burning Man is an art festival that occurs annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Emergent community, radical self reliance and a gift giving environment are some of the attributes of this unique happening in… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on July 20, 2011 at 1:55pm — 3 Comments

The Changing Face of Paradise

Florida has often been referred to as a paradise, partly because its abundance of beautiful palms. In fact, palms are a key element of classical versions of paradise like Atlantis and the Garden of Eden. Likewise, most of Florida's most iconic scenes include palms—holding the ends of a hammock on a sunny beach, being violently whipped by hurricane winds, silhouetted against a pastel sky as a smoldering orange sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico. But, as anyone who’s paddled Florida’s Gulf coast… Continue

Added by Lars Andersen on August 20, 2009 at 10:43pm — 1 Comment

The Ganga Boogie Band


I was driving my VW van, my seven year old son, Miguel, in the back, as our small, slow moving caravan of school bus, VW beetle and truck, labored up the dusty, dirt, Brown Mountain road to Nogo, Arkansas after a circuitous route, from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Austin, where others joined us to commence our adventure. This was the early contingent of sixteen hippies going to live on 40 acres on the edge of the national forest.

I remember questioning,… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on August 18, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

criss crossed circuits


My brain. My poor brain. Why is it suffering so? What’s been going on inside of it now that they have opened it up and done something to it to keep it working? Damn, how am I supposed to keep going when they do all these weird things to it? It’s keeping me alive; but what’s the point? I have to go anyway, but they felt they had to do what they were trained to do; cutting into it and then cutting again into it. I know I’m fading, fading away, deeper and… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on May 22, 2009 at 2:47pm — 1 Comment

What About Me?

I mentioned Elephant Journal to Carla Van Arnum. After visiting it, she raved about an article with a video that she thought was superb. This is the video.

Like what you've read so far? Visit the Zoobird Mind, Body and Spirit group and read the rest… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on May 10, 2010 at 8:46am — No Comments

The Weekend I Quit Hitchhiking, by Bert Woodall

The taillights of the black Cadillac disappeared and the sudden quiet gave way to an ambient, deafening screeeee. Treefrogs or cicadas in the dark trees resumed a clattering conversation interrupted when the now vanished car pulled off onto the gravel so the driver could, yet again, get out to open his pants...

Read the rest… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on April 15, 2009 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Gators, Jon boats and Kayaks!

Springtime is coming! The snow is melting (not in Florida!). I biked down to Lake Sybelia, here in Maitland, FL yesterday and caught this sunset photo with an iPhone camera. Click on the photo to see more sunsets from this ride and other days...

A neighbor had a garage sale and look what showed up! It's a 10' Jon boat. Weighs in at… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on March 21, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Introduction to Kombucha Tea - What is it?

With the assistance of a friend, I’ve begun brewing Kombucha Tea, a fermented tea with many perceived health benefits. It has been consumed for centuries across China, Russia and the surrounding areas. While I’ve now read much on Kombucha, I’ve yet to prepare my own. Hence, I won’t be talking about the brewing process until I’ve done it myself. I will soon begin bottling, where the tea goes through a second fermentation and becomes carbonated… Continue

Added by Zach Lutz on January 22, 2009 at 3:00am — 4 Comments

The Gum Swamp

I once mentioned to my young niece, Allie, that we were going to a “gum” swamp and her face lit up as though we were headed for the circus. It took me a moment to realize she was visualizing some kind of candy cane forest where honey dripped from the trees. I’ve never felt so reluctant to educate a young mind as I was at that moment. Under my breath I sheepishly muttered that the “gum” in this case was a kind of tree.

In Florida, we have two kinds of trees commonly called… Continue

Added by Lars Andersen on December 7, 2008 at 8:52pm — 1 Comment

Greatings from Thailand



Lampang, Thailand

Hello Dear Friends:

Thailand in general is a mix of complete chaos and very kind, peaceful people. I have been treated very kindly for no reason I think other than it is their nature to do so. I met with the manager of the Thai Elephant Conservaton Centre yesterday, and learned much about the issues pertaining to domestic elephant conservation and the implications on wild elephants and conservations lands; more later with images… Continue

Added by Ron Chandler on November 22, 2008 at 4:17am — 1 Comment

Fall Harvest Festival

Abundant Edible Landscapes, (now a member here at Zoobird!) hosted a fall planting festival on 10/4/08 at INDIGO with workshops, food from Reggae Shack Cafe, and a wide variety of perennial edibles, vegetable plugs and compost for sale. Workshops focused on organic soil building…


Added by Michael Levin on October 7, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

Shine like a star

Yesterday, we went on recording the forthcoming album. We finalized two more tracks with the rhythm guitar parts and some extras. Quite exiting.

After the session I was cycling home and I ran into a large group of sports fans heading towards the Olympic Stadium of Helsinki (home of Summer Games 1952) where Finland was playing againste Germany in the Football (Soccer for some Americans) World Cup qualifiers. Saw the game in tv, result was 3-3 - which is a good result - Germany being… Continue

Added by pete korhonen on September 11, 2008 at 1:49am — 1 Comment


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