Laura Johnson, PhD, is a geography lecturer, freelance writer, yoga teacher, and community activist. She lives with her partner in Eureka, CA, where they are building a permaculture homestead, operating a cottage food business, and cohabiting with their two dogs and two cats. Her recent work has appeared in Taproot; LionsRoar.com; the Journal of Wild Culture; resilience.org, and Permaculture Women Magazine.
By Laura Johnson, Wild Culture
A growing movement of gardeners — from ethno-botanists to green-thumb hobbyists — is committed to spreading awareness of methods for enhancing the intricate ecological relationships in local spaces. Even more significant is how the interconnectedness of this knowledge can make a 'global' difference to landscapes everywhere.
By Laura Johnson, Tikkun
Now, here in a changed world with a broken-open heart, I look into the eyes of beauty and invite in the fullness of it all, the grief and the love, the fear and the hope, the pain and the joy.
By Laura Johnson, Resilience.org
While the common tendency with ecological grief, as with most forms of pain, is to turn away in an effort to protect ourselves, if we understand grief and love as interwoven, then to turn away from grief is to turn away from love, to close and harden our hearts.