Body and Earth An Experiential Guide

ISBN-10: 1584650109

ISBN-13: 9781584650102

Edition: 2002

Authors: Andrea Olsen, Bill McKibben, Caryn McHose

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Through hard data, reflection, exercises and inspiration, Body and Earth offers a guide to responsible stewardship of both our planet and our persons.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Author, storyteller and musician Michael J. Caduto was born in 1955. He studied agriculture at the University of Rhode Island (B.A., 1978) and University of Michigan (M.S., 1981) with the intention of owning and working his own farm. Along the way, he became an ecologist and educator interested in Native American myths, legends and practices. He performs and gives workshops to raise environmental awareness and has taught collegiate environmental studies. His Earth Tales from Around the World (1997) won an Aesop Prize, awarded to the most outstanding books incorporating folklore and published in English for children. He is also author of Keepers of the Earth, Keepers of the Animals, Native American Gardening, and others. His articles have appeared in numerous periodicals in natural history, including Nature Study, Vermont Life, Organic Gardening, and Vermont Natural History.

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages. Several editions have come out in the United States, including an updated version published in 2006. His next book, The Age of Missing Information, was published in 1992. It is an account of an experiment: McKibben collected everything that came across the 100 channels of cable tv on the Fairfax, Virginia system (at the time among the nation's largest) for a single day. He spent a year watching the 2,400 hours of videotape, and then compared it to a day spent on the mountaintop near his home. This book has been widely used in colleges and high schools, and was reissued in 2006. McKibben's latest book is entitled, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Bill currently resides with his wife, writer Sue Halpern, and his daughter, Sophie in Ripton, Vermont. He is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College. 030

Entering the Text: Origins
Basic Concept: We begin in wholeness
Attitudes: Our attitudes inform our actions
Underlying Patterns: Body: We live in a fluid body; our origins were in the primordial seas
Underlying Patterns: The Upright Stance: Bipedal alignment is our two-footed stance
Underlying Patterns: Earth: Understanding place requires both a microscopic and a macroscopic perspective
Underlying Patterns: A Bioregional Approach: A bioregional perspective merges nature and culture
Mind: Brain and Nervous System: The human mind orchestrates our actions and our reactions
Visceral Body: The visceral body produces our "gut feelings"
Perception: We construct our view of the world through our senses
Touch: Touch underlies all the other senses
Movement: Movement partners the dynamics of the earth
Sound and Hearing: Sound touches us
Vision: The way we see shapes our view of the world
Bones: Bones connect us to the ground
Soil: Soil is the skin of the earth
Breath and Voice: Perhaps the most sensuous experience is the feel of our own breath
Air: Air is the dynamic medium in which we live
Muscle: Muscles move us through the landscape
Animals: Animals are our kin
Endocrine System: The endocrine system can be considered our system of transformation
Insects: Insects change from one form to another in a process called metamorphosis
Digestion and Nutrition: Digestion incorporates the nutrients of the earth into the tissues of our bodies
Plants: Plants provide food for every other living organism
Fluids: Fluids are connectors
Water: Water is essential for life
Connections: We understand the connections between body and earth through experience
Motion and Emotion: We track emotions in the body through sensation
Sensuality and Sexuality: We connect to the environment with rich sensorial experience
Art and the Environment: As we feel, we care
Concerning the Spiritual: Reflection on body and earth reminds us of our wholeness
Embracing Place: As we imagine earth as body, we can no longer remain separate
Sources and Resources
Selected Bibliography
Subject Index
Art Index
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