At the Edge of the Ordinary

I have always been fascinated by the concept of edges.

In ecology, the term edge effect is used to describe the increased species diversity that is often found where two different ecosystems, such as grasslands and forest, meet and blend from one into the other.  At the edge, there are many different potential habitats that allow many different kinds of species to live in one relatively small area.

Edges in general are often interesting places, where one thing ends and another begins.  Think of twilight (at the edge of day and night), the seashore (at the edge where the land ends and the ocean begins), or the edge where the human meets the non-human.  This idea of being at a threshold between one state and another is sometimes called liminality, and liminal places and times can be full of potential – something that many poets, storytellers, musicians, and other creative types  often know very well.  These individuals have inherited part of the role of the shaman or wise person of old, who often lived on the edge of the village, mediating the relationship between the human and non-human worlds.

You do not need to go out into the wilderness to experience nature.  You do not need to go far from home.   Nature is here: in the sky, in the air, in the vacant lots, in the cracks in the sidewalk, at the edge of the ordinary.  Learn to look beyond what other people tell you is important.  Learn to look past the screen, past the page, past the light and the action.  Learn to look for the small details that most people ignore.  What you will discover is a world of depth and meaning and everyday wonder.  A world peopled by plants and animals and fungi and slime moulds and mountains and rivers and stars and atoms and galaxies.  A world in which to be human is to be both very small and also very large.

Welcome to At the Edge of the Ordinary.

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2 Responses to At the Edge of the Ordinary

  1. Moma Fauna says:

    “…A world peopled by plants and animals and fungi and slime moulds and mountains and rivers and stars and atoms and galaxies. A world in which to be human is to be both very small and also very large.” So excited by this!

  2. duncan says:

    So wonderful to be here…

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