Tag: Radical Joy for Hard Times


Red Lily Pond’s Global Earth Exchange for 2017 will be held on Saturday the 24th of June at 4 PM. The sight is the gazebo on Red Lily Pond behind the Craigville Inn.

Honoring a Clearcut on the Ashokan Reservoir

On the NYC Department of Environmental Protection land surrounding the Ashokan Reservoir, which provides water to New York City, there is a monument to the chief engineer on the project, J. Waldo Smith.  This monument was set up in the 1930’s.  Those who erected it also planted a ceremonial stand of sturdy pines, perhaps long pole pines.   Over this past fall and winter they have all been felled by the DEP, supposedly because they were old and diseased.  They didn’t look diseased to us, and we are going to spend some time there on June 24 to feel the devastation of this spot as well as its beauty, and create a healing symbol.

Climbing & Beauty

This year, instead of organizing a Global Earth Exchange close to my home in Salt Lake City, I’ll be climbing City of Rocks National Monument in Idaho. I will find a way to commemorate the day and be a part of the activity on June 17. (Private event)

Church of the Woods

Join us at Church of the Woods for a celebration of renewal and restoration of ourselves and the Earth. Church of the Woods is a spiritual community in the Franciscan Christian tradition that emphasizes communion with God and the Earth. We will gather in the forest, read from sacred texts, enter into silence in the woods, and create a sacred circle for the celebration of communion as we pray for the restoration of this place, logged heavily many times, and for ourselves.


Each year we do the Global Earth Exchange to honor trees – all trees, around the world, that have been cut down, harmed, or maimed by human activity; we do so by focusing on one small, local area where we know trees used to stand.

This year we honored the land where a grove of native trees had been cut and removed to make room for a horse barn. On this same property are ornamental trees, planted by the owner; one such tree is a well-established paulownia. I had collected the purple blossoms from the paulownia after they fell from the tree last month and laid them out to dry. Our RJ bird this year is constructed solely of these dried paulownia flowers. We constructed him atop the gravel that had been laid down as a pathway for the horses residing here. The most tragic thing is that the trees’ removal was for naught: a series of calamities in the past month has led to the decision to move the horses elsewhere and abandon the horse property project that began with the removal of alders and firs.