Category: Turning the Prow Upstream

Essays exploring how we can shift the direction of our culture towards upward spirals.

Cairns #83 – Beginning of the Long Nights, 2015

My Metaphysics About 1 ½ years ago, I realized that the book I’ve been trying to write had to include “my metaphysics.” For the last six Cairns, I’ve intended to have an article that addresses at least some of this

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Cairns #84 – End of the Long Nights, 2016

Moving a Boulder An old ranch road traverses the upper regions of this area’s watershed. Its ruts capture many small drainages coming down the slope and gather all of their runoff onto the road where the runoff flows quickly towards

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Cairns #01

The mission of H.O.P.E. is to turn the prow of our entropyship, the Earth, back upstream so that Earth’s evolving consciousness may explore the headwaters of the Universe for billions of years to come. The work of H.O.P.E. is to

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Cairns #79 – A Watershed Metaphor

Cairns #79 – Beginning of the Long Nights, 2014 but massively late as days begin growing longer in 2015.   The drought this summer was extreme. The ground was baked hard. Many lower branches died and easily snapped with a

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Cairns #78 – The difference between “more wealth” and “more wealth than.”

Cairns #78 – End of the Long Days, 2014  Crunching branches The West, including our area, is in severe drought. I’m a little terrified at how many of the lower branches in the blue oaks that surround our homestead are

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Watershed Metaphor – Cairns #79

A Watershed Metaphor One of the delights of having written a book is encountering how different people respond to it. To come upon a group doing urban gardening in New Jersey that drew inspiration from my book feels like allies

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The difference between “more wealth” and “more wealth than.” – Cairns #78

At my TedX talk last year, I said something like “a wise culture holds its rain as high on the slopes as possible” where it can be absorbed by plants and transpired to fall again as rain so that as

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A Story of Two Investments – Cairns #59

This last summer we installed a playground at Chrysalis for our primary and elementary students. As I watch young children climb and slide and imaginatively play on the structure, I reflect on what a wonderful investment this playground is –

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Watershed Awareness – Cairns #1

Helping turn the prow of our entropyship, the Earth, back upstream so that Earth’s evolving consciousness may explore the vast headwaters of the Universe for billions of years to come. Cairns #1 – End of the Long Nights, 1995 The

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