"The Fall of Man, after Hendrick Goltzius" by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com, via Flickr.

Edens Everywhere

It wouldn’t be paradise if it weren’t already lost.


Reverend Billy’s Church of Earthalujah!

I just got a note from

Kabul scarf.

The Kabul Scarf

It’s New Year’s Eve, and last night my colleague at Waging Nonviolence, Eric Stoner, returned safely from Afghanistan. He was there as a journalist and activist with an envoy of peacemakers, meeting networks of Afghans and internationals who are working to end the endless war, to which so many young people in that country have…

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Holy Mother of Bathsheets & the Clothesline Revival

KtB friend Alyce Santoro is at it again, with the simple wisdom of her ongoing Clothesline Revival: harness the advanced, clean, nuclear technology of the sun! This time, she’s taking part in 350.org’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party (“A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions”) by becoming, as she puts it, “a combination of Amma the Hugging…

Photo of Ofelia Rivas by Jason Jacks for The Sierra Club.

Today Needs Another Name

This Columbus Day, the spirit of 1492 is alive and well.

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Clothesline Revival


Not Too Polluted Now, Are We?

BALTIMORE July 26, 2010 – Since many of the world’s holy rivers are now too polluted for ritual use, Baltimore is offering a unique solution: use our Inner Harbor! “It’s just as polluted as the Ganges or Jordan, but offers access to paddleboats, many chain tourist restaurants, and an aging mall with a lot of…

Soleil de la Louisiane

Louisiana Coast: Return to Sender

Dear France, You’ve been good friends. Great friends! And all that trouble you’re having with the Muslims and stuff? We totally get that. We’ve got our own problems in that area. Heh. So, anyway, maybe you’d like to add some, say, Christians? Catholics, even? Maybe even some who speak a bit Frenchish? Plus some beautiful…


Look What We Have Done

What does it take for us to confront the damage we are causing? In recent weeks, the two most self-defeating sources of energy in the United States—coal and oil—have been the sites of highly-publicized disasters, both caused by the negligence of the corporations entrusted to extract out of the ground what we want to put…

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Do You Believe Oil Is Lighter Than Love?

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has engineers scrambling, environmentalists screaming through their tears, biologists getting their rubber gloves and cleaning supplies ready, the military finally being put to some good use, BP stockholders selling, fisherman learning how to be oil skimmers instead of shrimpers, and—over at Religion Dispatches, Peter Laarman asking, in…

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Oh Maker, Let Me Die

For those in search of eternal life, this short film by American director Ramin Bahrani, and enticingly narrated by Werner Herzog, will make you pause. For those on a fruitless quest to find your Maker, you will find solace. For those who believe in the Vortex, all will be revealed. For those about to do…

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Abortion Issue: Solved!

Once we’re sufficiently full of plastics reproduction might cease anyway @ @

Keep it cool!

Keepin’ It Cool

Last week, I got all righteous and asked you to get off your fanny and do something about climate change. Today’s the day. 350.org has helped orchestrate something like 5,000 events from the Maldives to Mississippi as part of a Global Day of Climate Action. Up here at the Blue Mountain Center, we created an…


Thou Shalt Not Abdicate

The godly get good on climate change.


When Gods Disappear

The brothers were racing for the sun. What brothers don’t create such fantastic games of competition and daring, even when they are gods? Especially if they are gods. Jatayu and Sampati were the vulture gods, soaring upon seven-foot wings higher and higher. Jatayu was winning. But the sun was hot, and Jatayu too determined to…

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Thanks, Blue Mountain Center!


happy earth day, world.

“The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” ~ John Muir

All photos by Munir Virani of the Peregrine Fund

The Bright Half of Bhadra

In the forests of Rajasthan resides the god of invisible things.