Some fragmented thoughts on things I've read this year, the Christmas season, and the composer John Rutter's cheesy yet beautiful music
In this inspiring essay, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes about Reciprocal Harvesting in the Gift Economy.
“In an Economy of Abundance, Gratitude & Reciprocity are the currency of a gift exchange, and they have the remarkable property of multiplying with every exchange.”
This appeared in an E-newsletter from Emergence Magazine.
I hope you and your readers find it as delightful as I did.
Happy New Year!
"My scattered brain still struggles through a few thousand words, as the oppressive, ever-growing stack of New Yorkers on our coffee table testifies. Maybe next year!" THANK YOU! I so feel this to my center. I have growing stacks of books but articles or short essays are the reading my brain can accomplish. May 2023 be the year that we find our long-format reading ability again! Happy New Year Jeff.
Gosh, NEVER heard Rutter's music described as cheesy. Glad it wasn't you! Now I will go back...and read the post.
Love this, Jeff - thank you for your exquisite essays! I love it when you write about my hometown’s BBQ and TexMex! I really really miss Houston but I love living in the Bay Area.
Ah thank you for all of these. And singing Rutter has always been a reminder to have exuberant hope, bright aspirations and something like a fine Christmas tea running through my veins from time to time. I'll always be grateful for Rutter injections. Thanks for the reminder. I know my old alto lines in so many of his works by heart.
John Rutter reliably calming. year after year.
semi-foolish hope i will hold onto that
Thank you for this astonishingly beautiful and thoughtful collection of articles. In a surprising coincidence, my colleagues actually work with the folks who are leading the Poweshiek butterfly conservation effort at John Ball Zoo. I hadn't seen this article yet, but it wonderfully captured so much of what we struggle with in endangered species conservation. (I'm just a bit south of you in Kzoo.) My own background is urban forestry, so the live oaks article was also fascinating, and I adore Ross Gay's work. Thank you for sharing all of these. Your writing brings me so much hope and joy. I appreciate you, Jeff. Happy New Year!
Candlelight Carol is absolutely necessary for Christmas. I love John Rutter's music. Thanks for sharing!