Earth Stories for Adults

Seeing Earth as a Commons


By Dale Olen  

Seeing Earth as a living being helps us appreciate the notion of the “commons.”  The term “commons” has shown up with force in environmental circles when Garrett Hardin published the article “The Tragedy of the Commons” in 1968.   The Commons were viewed as specific resources of Earth that no single person owned.  They were public areas or “owned” by the community.  All the citizens had a right to access the commons. 

Earth as Gaia, A Living Planet

Earth as Gaia, A Living Goddess

By Dale Olen 

“Earth is a live planet rather than a planet with life upon it.” Elisabet Sahtouris

Gaia, the Greeks’ earth goddess, creates the world from a swirling mist.  Into the blackness of chaotic space charges this energetic goddess, swathed in white veils whirling through darkness.

 "As she becomes visible and her dance grows ever more lively, her body forms itself into mountains and valleys; then sweat pours from her to pool into seas, and finally her flying arms stir up a windy sky she calls Ouranos — still the Greek word for sky — which she wraps around herself as protector and mate.” (Elisabet Sahtouris).



Thinking of a Living Planet

Think of a Living Planet

By Dale Olen

The living cells within my blood stream probably cannot sense much of an outside world.  They register movement and temperature of other cells in the area and perhaps the slight flow of liquid around them.  It’s hard to imagine these cells have any awareness or view of the tiny blood vessel in which they swim, much less the finger that houses the vessel, the arm that holds the finger, the torso from which the arm extends, and the body that throws the ball.  Those cells have no idea that the container in which they live, also lives. To read more, please press the "read more" button. 

Saving My Life

Six weeks ago, I had brain surgery, a craniotomy to remove a tumor on my skull that was pressing against the left frontal lobe.  They removed it successfully, found it to be completely benign, sewed me up and sent me home. I need no follow up treatment and am on no medication from that invasive and traumatic event.  I invite you to press the “read more” button below and read the story of how my life was saved and transformed.



          Minnaqua, WI 

What Happens in Alaska Doesn't Stay in Alaska

While Alaska is no doubt the "Last Frontier" of the fullness of life, it also is being killed by the global warming, happening there faster and more furious that anywhere else in the world.

For three weeks this summer, I traveled through Alaska – the biggest state in the U.S., twice the size of Texas.  The only way to get through it was by cruise ship in the inside passage to see the blue glaciers. Then float down the salmon-filled rivers in dinghies, riding trains to remote spots to see where miners thought they might strike gold, and flying with bush pilots in sea/ski planes around McKinley Mountain (now called “Denali Mountain” by Obama much to the pleasure of Athabaskan natives), and taking the buses through Denali National Park looking for big animals.  Because so much of the tundra and the forests are in conservation, there were very few walking paths to get up close and sense the energy of the life all around us.  


We Are Where We Live

By Dale Olen

After 35 years in the same house, we're getting ready to move...closer to the city of Milwaukee and the Great Lake Michigan.  Our house, our little patch of land, the park behind our lot have all been part of our tiny evolution. We have been co-evolutionaries along with our place.  Our relationship to our home, the flower gardens, the huge trees that were two when we planted them (you should see them now!) has evolved us, grown us to become who we are today... 

Becoming a New Human Species -- What a Story!

“If we do not change directions, we are likely to end up exactly where we are headed.”
Chinese Proverb.

Narrative and Pictures by Dale Olen

A new human species is emerging across the country and around the world.  A number of people have spotted this creature and named it—Homo universalis, Homo cooperativus, Homo x.

Patriotism of Costa Rica

Pictures and text by Dale Olen

Costa Rica has had no military since 1948.  A lot of those military colones (money) went to environmental protection and education.  With people and the environment their first priority, the place dances with life, beauty, and wisdom. 

Thinking Like a Salmon

Pictures and story by Dale Olen

Salmon lays their eggs in streams.  Depending on the temperature of the water, it takes about 67 – 86 days for the eggs to hatch.  The frys, as they are called, remain in the stream for one to three years, eating tiny insects and plants.  When they are nearly grown, they begin swimming into bigger streams and rivers heading toward the ocean.  Scientists are not quite sure why Pacific salmon, in particular, swim to the ocean, but when they arrive, they travel very long distances, sometimes up to ten thousand miles total over a three or four year period.

Then, amazingly, they...

The Creation Story

Pictures and story by Dale Olen

The scientific story of human becoming far outshines the mythical, religious creation accounts.  Edward O. Wilson tells that story in his newly published, The Social Conquest of Earth.  He unveils the conditions, the twists and turns that had to occur so that particular lines in the evolutionary maze could gradually sift out and yield a singularity, Homo sapiens.


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