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GREETINGS HUMANS,
from Chippy, Isabel, and I in the Mojave.
My heart goes out to everyone in this strange time. Of course the world has faced human pandemics before but every occurrence has a different trajectory and operates different based on the current structures and technologies we live with. There are new and dangerous vulnerabilities- excessive global movement and supply chains, lack of economic and health safety nets- but also new ways in which we can all stay informed and connected.

I hope everyone is being cautious and taking all warnings seriously in order to minimize exposures and risks of COVID-19. While it is scary to disrupt lives and livelihoods, it helps demonstrate how incredibly humans have connected to each other across the world. We can suffer together but we can also thrive together. Its an interesting juxtaposition to the non-human world also- which remains un-infected and only affected in its sudden distancing of human interference (I’m sure there still remains a great deal, but certainly different scales than usual operations. What do restaurant closures mean for the rat populations? less trucks and travel for migrating animals and wandering over highways? small but possibly real questions). Human histories are linked to natural histories but do not always define them.

 

I’ve been thinking about these inter-connections a lot as my first self-imposed quarantine book is The Mushroom at the End of the World by Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. Disruption and precarity are the themes of this book. While ever relevant, given the type of global amplification and exponential change of the last century or two, taking hold of these concepts and learning how to grow with and learn from them is a beautiful task. Though a human generation may find durations of stability, stability is neither a given nor a reality. Destruction or large scale change is part of life and part of earth. We are part of it and subject to it.

Seeing as everyone should be nestled inside at this time (will pets remember this as a time of attention and indulgence?) I’m including a link to a youtube playlist I made of lectures. If anyone has any they would like to add, please send me a link. I tried to make it varied but valuable. I will try and assemble some good pdf links of readings as well. For anyone stumped on cooking I’ve also made Vegitails vegan cooking guide into a pdf for some tips and ideas! Nick and Chelsea's IG will also be hosting more recipes and cooking experiments! The full length submission based cookbook will be coming out this Spring!

Originally this Spring was also going to be IFIAAR’s first time at the LAABF, the Yucca Valley Earth Day celebration, and I was just about to host a scrappy birdhouse building party at my house. More ideas and energy will be brewing though. Maybe I’ll make some birdhouses and send out instructions? I know Isabel is getting ready to lay her first clutch of the season, that nut!

SENDING LOVE & CARE~ hug your (fuzzy furry feathered scaley) sweeties and be well.
A


<she fell for my constructed nest, much better than the metallic bag of nettles on the kitchen shelf she chose last year>
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