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November 17, 2010
Cutting trails through the undergrowth on the bluff overlooking Lake Erie, growing herbs and vegetables from seed, identifying and studying wild plants, I developed an intimate relationship with nature. But the adults around me, all several generations removed from living on the land, had no deep-seated knowledge of it. I lacked an Earth-based culture that might have taught me to read the sky, track wildlife and understand the behaviour of birds. I learned many things by keen observation and reading, but one person can't learn in a childhood what a whole rooted community can pass through oral tradition.