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More plant shots

by Mike I went to Eastern Washington with the Earthwalk Ethnobotany class today. The highlight was meeting Fern-Leaved Indian Parsley, Lomatium disectum. Unfortunately I didn’t get any good shots of it. More plant photos from the trip at our Flickr … Continue reading

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Plant Portraits – Nettle and Yarrow

Stinging Nettle – Utica dioica Nettle is rocking the PNW right now. I’ve learned to take my time with it, to be patient. Yarrow – Achillea millefolium “Achillea” as in Achilles – It was a brew of yarrow into which … Continue reading

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Carcassone and Around

by Azure After our hike in the Causses du Quercy, we decided to head down to Carcassone and explore the region and revisit some friends we made a couple years ago. Here is the slideshow link from that part of … Continue reading

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Grammat-Cahors

by Azure I used a different format… I’ve put a link to a slideshow I made in Flickr with captions on most of the photos, some interesting, some not so much. In order to watch the slide show with captions … Continue reading

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Day 1- Day 4

by Azure Mike checking the map day 1 Day One We took the train from Toulouse to Martel to start our walk. After a LONG lunch, we set off around 3pm for our first walk. After climbing a hill, we … Continue reading

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Walking

by Azure About a week ago, I received an email from Mike that said, “We’re doing something different this year – a combo walk-about and pilgrimage in Southwest France. I suspect I might have had a past life in the … Continue reading

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Heading to France

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman “I wake to sleep, and take my … Continue reading

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A few relevant links

1) God bless the photographers. An analysis that puts compassion at the center of the Occupy Wall Street movement. “What is a revolutionary idea?” [No Caption Needed] 2) God bless the photographers. A photographic essay that explores how our use … Continue reading

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I have never paid the full price for a cup of coffee

Here’s the post I wrote for Alex’s blog: Alex asked me to write a blog post about what to do in Haiti and that’s turned out to be a really fucking complicated task. Haiti is such a persistent source of … Continue reading

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Stories, roles, etc

Yesterday, Sunday, was about the exploration of stories and roles. When you have some important information, how do you share it in an ethical way? It would be easy to stand on the street corner with a sign that says, … Continue reading

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Good power, bad power and our power

In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, a best book ever, Michael Pollan explains an aspect of the ethics of eating an animal: Does the animal have an opportunity to express its animalness? A farmer is raising pigs and chickens and cows to … Continue reading

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Was that a knock at the door or just the wind?

When we were in the forest the other day I was getting annoyed with the mosquitoes. I wondered why they came to me more than anyone else. Azure said that she feels like she made a deal when she was … Continue reading

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Watch this now…

… then watch it again in a month. Salatin Project from rob walker on Vimeo. In 50 minutes Salatin sums up the most important reasons to eat locally, organically and seasonally.

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Turkish Folk Music

by MIke This took place in the basement of a restaurant in Rize, Turkey. One of the men here has taken it on himself to collect, celebrate and distribute important pieces of Turkish & Ottoman culture. You can see in … Continue reading

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Info-vid! The church at Osk. Last post on this church, I promise.

Osk, Turkey

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A hike way up there, Azerbaijan

by Mike When we did the homestay in the hills above Laza (Azerbaijan) we went for a walk in the afternoon. The families were out in the fields planting potatoes, but for part of the time at least we sat … Continue reading

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Armenian Church at Osk, Turkey

This church dates from the 10th century. It was a christian church with a monastery for a long time, then the local population used it as a mosque for a while. More Photos

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Georgian (Christian) Pilgrimage in Qax, Azerbaijan

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Georgian Church Roof

by Mike Around 1000 years ago Georgians built this church in what is now eastern Turkey. Georgia is the first officially Christian country in the world, having adopted it as the state religion around 400 AD (though the religion actually … Continue reading

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Two stories

by Mike In Turkey a woman told us about her older brother who moved to Frankfurt, Germany. She’s very proud of him. He runs a grocery store there and sends money back home. Neither she nor her husband has ever … Continue reading

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