About

With my family at the anti-GMO, anti-Monsanto protest in Missoula, MT, June, 2013. I'm holding the "Love and Nurture" sign.

With my family at the anti-GMO, anti-Monsanto protest in Missoula, MT, June, 2013. I’m holding the “Love and Nurture” sign. My wife, Barb, is in the center, surrounded by grandkids, and our son, Noah, is holding the “Healthy Food” sign.

Heirloom (non-GMO) tomatoes and peppers in our organic garden

Heirloom (non-GMO) tomatoes and peppers in our organic garden

This is not a blog about me, or just about my thoughts. It is about shared ideas and mutual explorations. But I thought I should begin with a very brief introduction of myself. I was born in 1951 and am descended from indigenous peoples of America (Wampanoag, Massachuset, and Choctaw), Africa (tribes unknown), Scotland, England, and France. At various points in the human past, my ancestors (and yours, too) knew ways of living that were sustainable and harmonious with Earth and the laws of nature. Unfortunately, most of that knowledge was taken away from our ancestors, due to the creation of unsustainable megasocieties, empires, colonialism, slavery and the brainwashing that is used to perpetuate unjust, oppressive societies. My life experiences and knowledge of the current multiple crises facing all life on Earth have led me to want to learn how to live in the former ways that were more harmonious with the Life of Earth, to the extent which it is possible at this point in history, with the circumstances of Earth being so different than what our ancestors had, and knowing all that we now know about what can go wrong. (One of the questions that I hope to explore in the blog is, “how wrong are we [as a society]?”)

In the late 1960s I dropped out of mainstream society, and lived in communes, from 1969 to 1973. I began organic gardening and learning about natural wild foods and medicines in 1970. Barb and I got married in 1973, had four kids and now have seven grandchildren. We live on five acres on the Flathead Indian Reservation, north of Missoula, Montana where we have been since 1985. By profession, I am a teacher/historian and lecturer at the local university. Although, we have been growing organic foods all of this time and involved in various “green” activities, it has only been with our deepening awareness of how dire the circumstances of Earth have become in the last few years, that we have begun to go “deep green.” A specific description of the Earth’s dire situation and my reasons for going deep and seeking alternatives to continuing to live within an anti-Earth, anti-Life society, are found in the article on the blog titled, “Thinking about the ‘Unthinkable’.”

It is my hope that this blog will become a vehicle for finding ways to live in harmony with Earth and create alternative, sustainable societies. I use the plural (societies) because I don’t think that these large meganations are sustainable or managable. There are probably a multitude of sustainable, small-scale society lifeways that match specific ecosystems and are feasible within the laws of nature. We will probably need much exploration, experimentation, and trial and error in this learning process, because there is so much knowledge that we have lost. The other thing that we need to discuss is how to have societies without currency (money). Much more on that later (see essay, “The Problem With Money”). This is all I have to say for this “About” section right now. It will be interesting to see where this goes.

Learning Earthways blog launched December 27, 2013

(This “About” page was last updated and revised on January 18, 2015.)

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for making your knowledge and wisdom available through the internet. You might enjoy listening to Good Dirt Radio, a media organization that is aligned with your values and ideas. GDR produces 5-minute eco-spots about people making change happen in their own lives & filled with great info about living lightly on Mother Earth. Their audio podcasts are available on their website at http://gooddirtradio.org.

    • Thank you for the recommendation, Jules. That looks like a very encouraging and useful website. Sorry it took awhile for me to reply, I just got back from a road trip and had lots of messages.

  2. He George; Just landed on your blog. I didn’t know you were doing this, and I didn’t know you were experimenting so much with huglecultur…..something I’ve been inclined to give up on, but don’t think I got started on it right in the first place. I’d love to come see your innovations! Come Spring! Come completion of dissertation!!

  3. Thank You, for sharing your ‘Green’ endeavors! Many People are inspired by the many lifestyle projects, Barb, Family, & Yourself aspire to. So many young people need positive role models! The Indian Community reaps this (role modeling) from all the activities, you so generously share. May Creator continue to Bless you & your family…

    • Hi, Rose. Thank you for your kind comments. There are many people, internationally, indigenous and non-indigenous who are creating and living the real life, sustainable societies that Earth needs. I am interested to hear your thoughts an some of the things that people are doing, mentioned in Part 2 of my article on this blog called, The End of Money.

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