France's agricultural land fast diminishing despite environmental policies

Where have all the crops gone?  And the cows?  A vast stretch of farmland up here in our part of Normandy has been laid waste in the next village, the earth churned up in places and, elsewhere, smoothed out like a pall under the autumn sky.

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Arctic Shaman's Seance

The snow fell quietly, covering the settlement in a thick white blanket.  The shaman had told Okwana she’d recognize the singing hut by the large narwhal ivory which jutted up out of the roof; it whistled when the wind raced over the ice, he’d said. …

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Hunting Season in France

Out for a walk this beautiful Sunday afternoon I took the lane along the corn field. The upright cornstalks tower over your head and the slight wind rustles their drying leaves – the only noise to be heard in this haven away from the urban crush. Unt…

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Archangels and Angelica

A half crazed warrior Thorgeir and his poet brother Thormod were in the Icelandic mountains picking angelica for their soups, salads, and medicinal remedies.  At a place known as Thorgeir’s ledge, near Hornstrandir in the Western Fjords where the …

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