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Ekostories Reconnect: A Hiatus

Hello all, I will be travelling to Nepal for a volunteer vacation for approximately six weeks. Computer access will most likely be extremely limited, as will most of the many modern conveniences I normally take for granted. This unfortunately means I will not be able to keep up with my weekly essays until I get back. Sorry about that. What I have prepared in advance though is a six-part series titled Ekostories Reconnect. Since this blog is all about exploring connections, I thought it would be interesting to group together some of my existing entries that share similar themes and ideas pertaining to nature, culture, and self. Each part will be scheduled to go live on a weekly basis.  I hope new readers will find something interesting in these older entries, while more regular readers can perceive new patterns and gain fresh perspectives by looking at things a little differently. I’ll try to respond to comments to the best of my abilities. Thanks for your support! Isaac

Ekostories: An Introduction

“… A person who had never listened to nor read a tale or myth or parable or story, would remain ignorant of his own emotional and spiritual heights and depths, would not know quite fully what it is to be human. For the story- from Rumpelstiltskin to War and Peace – is one of the basic tools invented by the mind of man, for the purpose of gaining understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” (Ursula K. Le Guin, Language of the Night, p. 22.) Few things move us like a captivating story, told by a master storyteller. Stories can be grand and epic narratives that guide the thoughts and actions of entire societies and cultures. They can also be of a smaller quieter nature – tales of personal trials and tribulations, comedies and tragedies. They can range from light-hearted escapist adventures to deep meditations of the human condition. Regardless of their scope, the stories that endure share the …