Gold Hill Cemetery — Photo by the author

The years pass, but the crackling of my knees does not. I heal and I am hurt as the seasons flow through one another. I throw my hands in despair and the hopeless ambition of love, much as I have done before. I hunger, I consume, I release. A new obsession staves my confusion and is then cast away when it begins to transform me. In winter the falling snow mutes me, holds me still on all sides while I shake and shiver and scream. …


Instead of “leave no trace,” we would ask “celebrate your trace.”

Everglades National Park at Sunset
Everglades National Park at Sunset
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The separation between humanity and nature is one of the greatest tragedies of the modern era. This separation is wholly imagined, yet like the imagination of race, is painfully real.

As I sit here in South Florida, I think of the vast Everglades that once covered this place. A wilderness unlike any other on Earth, the Everglades were home to an incredible array of species and served as the filter for water moving down the peninsula into Florida Bay. The Everglades were among the last refuges for native people to live in relative peace.

One hundred years ago, politicians, agriculturalists…


Coronavirus | Permaculture | Life

My furlough from work has led me to adopt a slower pace of life. This slowness has transformed my way of doing things for the better.

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I have now been furloughed from work for four weeks as a result of coronavirus. It has been an adventure. I’ve despaired and rejoiced in roughly equal proportions. Having no responsibilities outside myself is something I haven’t really experienced since the early days of college. It’s been a blessing and a curse.

Like many of us, I am ready for this to be over. Also like many of us, the last thing I want is for things to go “back to normal.” …


How the twelve permaculture principles can be applied to create regenerative relationships with ourselves, our cultures, and the Earth.

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Permaculture is a design system based on emulating the relationship patterns of nature. With its roots in agriculture, permaculture is now widely applied to our inner and social worlds as well. Permaculture is a regenerative framework, meaning its implementation increases the health of the systems that implement it (this is in contrast to sustainability frameworks, which merely perpetuate themselves as they are).

This article will use a social permaculture perspective to explain the twelve permaculture principles. The twelve permaculture principles were created as a “cheat sheet” to learning and emulating the patterns of nature. They are permaculture’s version of biomimicry’s…


Artwork by Ryan Giblett. Used with permission.

A poem about the light at the end…


How fractals are the building blocks of systems from the galaxy to society.

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Fractals are relationship structures in nature that form the basis for the development of complex systems. Whether seeking to understand an anthill, a corporation or a human mind, understanding the fractals which compose them is a useful first step.

But first, what is a fractal anyway?

Fractals 101

A fractal is a system with similar properties at all scales. This characteristic is called self-similarity. In the physical world, this means that if you look at a fractal at high magnification, it will have the same structure it has at low magnification. Trees and their leaves are excellent examples of fractals in nature:


Summaries of three pieces from Illumination which I enjoyed the most this week.

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At the start of the Illumination project, Dr Mehmet Yildiz challenged us writers to find five articles from Illumination and highlight what we enjoyed the most from them. Learn more about the challenge:

Last week, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing my review article and impressed with the amount of readership and engagement it created. The activity was a supercharged entrance into the Illumination community, helping me get to know my fellow writers better. I’m hopeful that these bonds can strengthen over time.

So, I decided to try it again this week. This time, instead of choosing…


A collection of statements that bring me closer to peace.

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#1: I am whole.

#2: I am worthy of love.

#3: I am capable of love.

#4: I have nothing to prove.

#5: I have everything I need.

#6: I am part of this living planet.

#7: I am a work in progress.

#8: My mistakes are forgivable.

#9: I have valuable contributions.

#10: My preferences and desires are valid.

#11: Reality is in the present moment.

#12: Struggle is universal.

#13: Forgetfulness is inevitable.

#14: In seven generations, humans will have value.

#15: I have mysteries I may never uncover.

#16: I am capable of magic.

#17: No time…


Everything I know about living a good life can be learned from cooking.

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When cooking, I uncover a beautiful mystery, revealing kernels of magic hidden within my body and the living world around me. With a snap, a twist, and a prance I present the breath of immortality in a bowl of broth.

Of course, sometimes I serve with a stumble and tumble into the dustbin. Burnt it again.

Cooking, like anything in life, can be as plain as dice or as profound as sushi rice. But anyway, enough beating around the bush, what’s it really worth? Below are the important life lessons I have learned from cooking.

Lesson One: Listen

Food doesn’t taste how you…

Eliot Kersgaard

Human being living in Orlando. Background in physics, PR, living systems design and education. 303–304–4659 | EliotKersgaard@gmail.com.

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