Support Mentor USA!

i wrote an essay for this book. The proceeds from the book go to a great cause of mentoring and supporting young people! http://www.HELPUSA.org   Consider buying a copy and supporting this important work! http://www.rodaleinc.com/products/books/person-who-changed-my-life-prominent-people-recall-their-mentors

A quote from my essay, “My commitment, my work, and my prayer is that we, as a human family, we, the human animal species, will remember and reconnect with the earth–remembering that it is not so much our earth as something we own, but rather us earth as this sacred, living, breathing, deeply interwoven and interconnected family of which we are part. All of us are the ancestors of future generations. What do we want our legacy to be?”

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  1. somebody has read this posting and is a little bit concerned about how your doing after Grandpa Hill’s transition .

  2. i am fine. thanks.

  3. julia
    was made aware of a belize reffferrrence to a lottery winner who was unwilling to release their identity r/t collecting the money strong character there =) course the odds are probably on par with winning the lottery that u know this person hugs .hope your living situation is improving and doing well with the loss of grandpa, keep the good and compost the rest =)
    barneyv

  4. All is good in Belize, and i am at peace with my Grandpa’s passing thanks. Don’t know the person who won the lottery.

  5. Your work is admirable but waking up is unpleasant, most of us are nice and comfortable in bed, it’s irritating to be woken up; this reminds me of a nice story..
    It is about that businessman who goes into a bar, sits down, and sees this fellow with a banana in his ear—a banana in his ear! And he thinks, “I wonder if I should mention that to him. No, it’s none of my business.” But the thought nags at him. So after having a drink or two, he says to the fellow, “Excuse me, ah, you’ve got a banana in your ear.” The fellow says, “What?” The businessman repeats, “You’ve got a banana in your ear.” Again the fellow says, “What was that?” “You’ve got a banana in your ear!” the businessman shouts. “Talk louder,” the fellow says, “I’ve got a banana in my ear!”

    As the Arabs say: “The nature of rain is the same but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens”

    Ciao

  6. I had always thought that is not our earth that has a problem but us, we do not have to reconnet with it but wit ourselves, don´t you think so? Earth has got any future anyway, we could have one. I say.

  7. Hi Valerie,

    i recognize that we are not separate from the Earth. It is not “our” Earth, it is “us” Earth. In reconnecting with the Earth, we can reconnect with the “nature” of our human nature.

    Blessings,

    julia

  8. That is thrue, Julia, you are right, how nice it would be to reconnect with Earth again, how nice !!! and how much I ´ve longed for it….but may be is too late, don´t you think so? We have left it like the child leave his mother, and we must learn to walk by ourselves. Even if our legs are still not ready. We left our mother, too son, yes!, and now we have to believe in our father….because we are still too small just to believe in us. I say. Thanks for your answer.

  9. Julia, I`ve been reading about Luna and was wondering if you can tell me anything about Luna`s condition and prospects for survival since the vandals cut into the trunk. I`ve read about the collar and cables that were installed but is there any estimate as to how long it will be so that this might not be required anymore. 50 years? 150 years? Also, has anyone considered the possibility of regularly applying some kind of medicinal compounds (if they exist) in order to assist in the healing process? Thank You. Peace. David.

  10. Hi David,

    Luna is doing really well. There is no way to know how long the tree will take to heal completely (certainly longer than we will be alive because the cut was so deep.) There are all kinds of things being done including healing compounds and many other things, and Luna is doing great.

    The ongoing care givers of Luna and the surrounding grove is Sanctuary Forest.

    All the best,

    julia

  11. Hola, Julia. Te escribo para comentarte que hoy he soñado con vosotros. Tú no aparecías en el sueño explícitamente sino que eras el centro al rededor del que giraba todo su significado. He “visto” que habiais construido una balsa inmensa, como una pequeña isla, que os mantenía a flote en medio del mar. La balsa estaba construida con unos gigantescos troncos de árboles, era muy sólida. Pero teniais miedo de ser atacados por piratas, de tal modo que solo navegabais a lugares en los que os sentiais seguros; por este mismo motivo habiais construido una valla metálica muy alta, de unos cuatro metros de altura, que rodeaba toda la balsa y que la protegía de los intrusos peligrosos. Me ha impresionado un poco, pero también me ha parecido que el mensaje era muy sensato y muy comprensible. Un saludo.

  12. Hi Julia.
    We need your help! Here in the little island of Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago) there is an ancient, majestic silk cotton tree the government plans to cut down. The tree has been there far longer than any of us, but they allege it’s undermining the road abutting it. Instead of planning to reroute this portion of the road to save the tree, there is talk about cutting it down! There’s an online petition that was started by tree lovers here and they need all the help they can (Tobago is a tiny island!). Could you please see the petition and sign it? It would take 2 minutes of your time. If you can say something about this here on your blog, that would be also appreciated greatly! The link is: http://www.change.org/petitions/tobago-house-of-assembly-reconsider-any-plans-to-destroy-the-runnemede-silk-cotton-tree. I can send you a couple of good photos of this tree, taken 3 weeks ago. THANK YOU for your time! And all the best to Luna :-)

  13. Hi Julia! I am doing a project about you in school, and I was wondering who inspires you! Thank you so much, you continue to inspire me and many others every day~

  14. Hi BFN,

    Thanks for your kind message. Every day people stepping up to help care for the Earth and all its beings are the ones who inspire me. i know we need “leaders’ to help lead the way, but without all of us getting involved and doing everything we can, leaders will fail because it takes more than just a handful of people to help solve the problems we have created.

    Love,

    julia

  15. Hi tfdez, i signed.

    Sending prayers.

    julia

  16. Thank you so much!!! We really, really appreciate your support. Keep on with the good work—people like you are too scarce and precious.

    Tree hugs for you :-)

  17. And thank YOU so much for ALL YOU are doing!

  18. When I was very young I read books like “Never Cry Wolf” and “Sea of Slaughter” that heightened my concern about the threat to nature I hoped I would one day combat as some sort of naturalist, conservationist, wildlife preservationist–by being a novelist like Farley Mowatt at the very least.

    I’ve been alarmed by more changes in the environment than I could fathom would occur in just half a generation, and often shocked to discover that many, many people (who came along just a few years behind me) are completely unaware, for example, that salmon spawned the Puget Sound so thick, even when I was a little boy, that you could reach out and touch so many of them on their way up rivers and streams.

    They are decimated, but still on sale at any local grocery store in America for less than the price of gold (which is apparently mined in greater abundance than wild salmon can be harvested anymore at sea).

    You wouldn’t believe how many sport fishermen around here blame the seals. A few of the fishermen even believe themselves when they blame the seals.

    I have even begun to fear that I might actually outlast the salmon–that my children, their children, may witness the absence of wild things they never knew they never saw.

    According to Farley Mowatt, the same thing happened to me. According to him I should have seen, not only more fish, but more birds overhead in my childhood than I can rightly imagine.

    Still, I don’t think the planet needs saving from humanity, though not in the sense that religious, so-called right-wing conservatives believe it doesn’t need saving (or convince themselves they believe in order to ward off their fear of mortality), because Mother Earth will definitely continue with or without us. Continuity is her saving grace under any circumstance, and not ours.

    If we could only surrender our own sense of importance and the idea of our “infinite” selves. If we worried less, like lots of other creatures which seem to be less obsessed with existentialism and more prone to conserving their own energy, maybe we could all just relax! We could turn off all the gadgets, slow down the eating frenzy and just “be” for a while (or even for weeks on end), as you, Ms. Hill, aptly suggest.

    Great idea.

    Why worry a great deal, seriously, about mortality anyway (which is the REAL obsession among human beings that drives our phenomenon of craving in every direction, even including radical environmentalism and stuff) if physicists are correct in their appraisal of the “infinite”, that even the dust, to which we shall definitely return one day, is electric–that all matter is constant, vibrant, energetic, enigmatic, maybe even alive in some sense we can’t quite comprehend.

    If we continue to live (for a very short time), along with every other species on the planet, it’s because life is relevant to something much larger than ourselves. That’s for sure. I agree with…spiritual people on that score.

    I’m just not sure I would call that something “God” though.

    I would very definitely call it nature, since nature is obvious in every detail; and I think it is pretty prudent to learn awe and subservience to nature (for our own good), even as we enjoy that serene sense of connection we may find when we sloooooow down and learn to experience it more deeply.

  19. race, your comment is so to the point, and so well expressed. Bravo. I wish more people would understand this and see it with the same wisdom. I agree with you, and applaud you for this remark:

    “If we continue to live (for a very short time), along with every other species on the planet, it’s because life is relevant to something much larger than ourselves (…) I’m just not sure I would call that something “God” though.”

    On this Earth Day, may we make a pause to consider how our obsessions and our negligent behavior towards “nature” (while claiming to be spiritual or religious) are damaging all other species in our shared home, dishonoring that shared home, dishonoring ourselves and the rest of life on Earth, and dishonoring that “something much larger than ourselves.”

    Thank you for those words, and thanks to Miranda for setting such an example with her own life.

  20. Sorry: I meant to say Julia (last paragraph of the last comment) !! My apologies.

  21. It just seems so ironic to me that what people seem to need in order to feel the sense of connection I believe Ms. Hill is referring to is…relaxation.

    Is the law of nature, as it must be for human beings, really so much “dog eat dog” behavior as we were led to believe by all of the action packed episodes of Mutual of Omaha’s wild Kingdom we watched on television when we were kids?

    Witness trees. Though they “compete” for moisture and sunlight, they are in no particular hurry to move in any direction other than toward the sun. They neither need to devour each other, any other nutrients than they gather from detritus in the soil, yet they are inargueably more successful in their adaptation to Earth than we are. How do you measure the life of a tree in human years?

    The rule of nature is energy conservation. Energy expenditure is always risky and a last resort. There is more stasis in nature to conserve energy than there is the reckless pursuit of new sources of “fuel”, since the pursuit of new sources of energy requires an equal if not greater expenditure of energy. Collectivism is also an obvious rule of nature among living things in any category. Further, nature recycles, as a rule, that which has ceased to live far more often than that which lives in health and abundance.

    “Wild Kingdom” was sensational, but hardly accurate in it’s depiction of what truly happens in nature the vast majority of the time, which is…rest. Witness the salmon hovering in the depths (or even the lioness yawning on the Serengeti yards from her “prey” when she has simply nothing she need do but digest along with her pride), or the flocks of birds floating together on the Puget Sound any sunny Spring day doing…nothing the absolute majority of the time. They could teach patience and meditation to a buddhist monk.

    Only human life is “nasty, brutish and short”. Our lives would seem infinite if many more of us could simply learn the difference between serenity and “boredom”. We see ourselves as finite and are full of fear because we don’t allow ourselves the luxury of ceasing to worry that time is fleeting, when the truth is that, when you take your time, you have all the time you need. It multiplies in dimension.

    It is possible to be very young but feel very old for having lived fully in quiet spaces outside the rabid rush toward “better” things.


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