This effect also parallels what happens with holistic management and rotational grazing, interestingly, a set of principles developed in ‘brittle’ environments where precipitation is concentrated in a relatively short rainy season. And now being adapted for wet eastern us environments. Really well written clear. That concept of honoring process first is also at center in my piece here https://laurasmercantile.com/state-of-ecological-agriculture-spring-23-monitoring-measuring-reporting-and-verifying-the-regenerative-revolution/

Thanks! Beautiful place!

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Thanks for sharing the article Lynn. I also like what you write about unlearning and motherhood.

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Re: motherhood as a map, i recently joined the group giving public comment to the US delegation for the amendments to the international health regulations and to make the point that ‘equal access to health technology and Knowhow’ wasn’t always good and that people needed a corresponding right to equal protection FROM health tech and know how, used the spread of c-sections and formula as the example.

I saw this on ecosophia today, the comment of ‘methylethyl’ on planned cities and it also jives w your piece

@Anonymous: re: planned capitals: I don’t know about the feng shui aspects, but I strongly suspect that by the time people get around to installing a planned capital city… one problem is that all the good spots have already been taken. Pick a place that doesn’t have a city in it already, or worse, commandeer and existing community small enough that it can’t fight you and then bulldoze it and re-route all its roads… you’re asking for trouble, no?

I mean, think about how cities evolve naturally– a village here, a hamlet and a farmtown there, a couple roads that run between them– not drawn with a straightedge on a map, but following waterways, valleys, game trails, donkey tracks, two-rut wagon roads. Look at any map of an *old* city, and it’s not grids or neat wagon-wheels, it’s nodes connected by spiderwebs. Why do five or six roads converge on that square, that plaza? Because it was a good spot. It’s where living things wanted to go. The path had been worn very deep before anybody thought to pave the road. When a city grows this way, it follows the currents, energies, and landscape that already exist there. Not that urbanization is perfect or anything.

But when you go and *plan* a city, now you are imposing a bunch of arbitrary ideas on a landscape with nothing to recommend it for habitation, that probably has ideas of its own. Did anybody even *look* for the game trails and footpaths before they laid out the roads? No, they were too busy making it *tidy*. Serves them right.


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