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imagine living in ways that make more life while adapting to profound uncertainty. becoming a patron of the letters is community supported activism and creates new pathways for new podcasts, new films and a future book. elisa rathje writes weekly-ish, and thrives on the patron conversations and requests that regularly inform the direction of this project. find out more.

making a minimal, utilitarian wardrobe–

the project of making a minimal, utilitarian wardrobe falls to long winter evenings. stormy weather gives us a little more time to practice our skills, working on an ambitious project of making, mending, reconstructing more and more of our clothes. i’m trying to make just the clothes i would use in my daily life, cosy … Read More

the future we want to live in –

the future we want to live in may well be systematically — culturally, politically, economically – out of our reach. corporations and billionaires may well hold the power-to-change in ransom to a structure that goes on extracting compounding interest from a planet on the brink of collapse. and yet. it may also be true that … Read More

acting like the world revolves around us –

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as we become fluent in the life we want to live –

as we become fluent in the life we want to live, immersed in living systems, there are particular dialects we begin to pick up on. one of those is how community happens. the isolation of recent years is particularly painful because we’re social animals, we need our herd, our flock, we cannot do this alone … Read More

our kith and kin –

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next to an actual nap –

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coming of age –

coming of age, coming to consciousness of a greater world and one’s place within it, it must always have been a rite of passage fraught with apprehension and possibility. but emerging into a world in civilisational collapse is quite another matter. for those of us who have tended to complacency, too overwhelmed in getting on … Read More

the generations returning to the land –

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having awoken –

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the entrance –

In the face of ecological crisis, it doesn’t matter about my front entrance, no. But all of us lucky enough to have a front door, we live each day in impactful ways. We can share knowledge to shift into attunement with a living, thriving earth. Our designs, habits, actions, our stories matter when we share and learn from each other.

biochar –

Conceiving of ourselves as wasteful and exploitative, a pox on the planet, really, depends on daily systems that reinforce this story through linear waste-streams. Extract, manufacture, ship, sell, consume, throw away. Yet the compost toilet captures human ‘waste’ nutrients in the ‘waste’ product of sawdust and transforms it through nitrogen-powered heat and microbial alchemy into rich soil to nurture a thriving, water-holding garden. We are always making organic matter. Whatever else I did today, I made more life. So it is with biochar.

the journal of small work-book, pages 1-4

if half-sleep yielded writing, writing became a social post, a post became a radio recording, which in turn became a video-podcast, then perhaps the transcript that is printed as pages of a book that you’ll assemble with your own hands and read in your own way, is itself just about ready to dream again, as … Read More