A Walk with the Rocky Mountain Land Library


Editor’s note; a version of the below text appeared in the May 10th Walk2Connect Co-op newsletter

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I had the pleasure to spend May 4th walking and workshoping in Globeville, with the Rocky Mountain Land Library; a 501c3 nonprofit co-founded by Jeff Lee and Ann Marie Martin. Two long-time employees of the iconic Tattered Cover Bookstore. Their “ultimate vision is to open Buffalo Peaks Ranch as a year-round, residential retreat center and library, while hosting additional programs and outreach through our Metro Denver locations.

The Globeville location is one of three locations they have. I visited their Waterton Canyon branch on one of the early High Line Canal walks, with Chris Englert aka “the Walking Traveler”. Last year I visited their location on the South Platte in Fairplay, to attend Re/Calla curated art and communal experience that celebrates the natural environment…the intersection of art and nature…the ethereal and tangible.” The Globeville branch is their current/main book storage/processing location. It also has a special ‘Walking and Trails’ collection/room.

Our group, led by Ann Marie, spent the first part of the morning walking along the South Platte. After foraging for ink-making feedstock, we spent the next few hours experimenting with: charcoal, terra-cotta, willow-flowers and more. Do you even know how to mordant..? I didn’t before, but I do now!

On our walk we encountered a rich urban ecology of flora/fauna: dicots, wild-rose and willows. Birds of prey, coyote tracks and hooded merganser ducks. We even saw signs of beavers rewilding.

As I read that day, Wendell Berry writes

“Think of the genius of the animals,

every one truly what it is:

gnat, fox, minnow, swallow, each made

of light and luminous within itself.

They know (better than we do) how

to live in the places where they live.

And so I would like to be a true

human being, dear reader – a choice

not altogether possible now.

But this is what I’m for, the side

I’m on”

Five guiding principles from The Committee to Abolish Outer Space (C.A.O.S.)

1 Humanity will never colonize Mars, never build moon bases, never rearrange the asteroids, never build a sphere around the sun.

2 There will never be faster-than-light travel. We will not roam across the galaxy. We will not escape our star.

3 Life is probably an entirely unexceptional phenomenon; the universe probably teems with it. We will never make contact. We will never fuck green-skinned alien babes.

4 The human race will live and die on this rock, and after we are gone something else will take our place. Maybe it already has, without our even noticing.

5 All this is good. This is a good thing.

via New Inquiry

R.I.P. Biz Markie

Biz mastered the art of being a character without being a caricature. His stories often bordered on unbelievable—there was the time his crates of vinyl stopped a bullet outside a show (a rare Michael Jackson single was lost in the kerfuffle) and his claim to own a never-before-seen Bob James record that vexed everyone from the average collector to Questlove. But there was something deeply human about the Inhuman Orchestra.

via The Ringer

h/t @Andrew Barber

circa 1993

Bringstogether a range of voices — from botanists and arborists, to historians and anthropologists — this project of writings compilation reformulates a politicized conception of urbanization that for the most part emerged prior to the turn of the 21st century as resistance and subversion to the educational institution and political establishment…Systemic injustices are at the core of this 25-year compilation…As part of a small and emergent body of work in the early 1990s, the readings compiled here respond to the disciplinary exclusion and marginalization of the field of landscape itself, including its attendant urban and environmental relationalities within design discourse.


re: How running fails Black America

Peoples, I invite you to ask yourself, just what is a runner’s world? Ask yourself who deserves to run? Who has the right? Ask who’s a runner? What’s their so-called race? Their gender? Their class? Ask yourself where do they live, where do they run? Where can’t they live and run? Ask what are the sanctions for asserting their right to live and run—shit—to exist in the world. Ask why? Ask why? Ask why?

Via Runners World

an array of Middle Neolithic pottery

From a story about remnants of 7,200-Year-Old Cheese via Nat Geo.

The researchers also identified traces of what they interpret as milk or fermented milk products on three pieces of pottery rife with holes. Past work on similar sieves found in Poland suggest that such tools were used in the final steps of cheese making, to separate the curds from the whey. This new study, funded in part by the National Geographic Society, marks the first analysis of fat traces on similar pottery in the Mediterranean.

We all “pray in swear words,”

Over at Real Life, Drew Austin looks at platforms like Patreon, Substack et al.,

For every high-profile streamer earning millions, there are many others earning nothing; subscription services and Super Follows are unlikely to change this. But in the meantime, we’ll have normalized an internet where everything is increasingly for sale and content must embed its own marketing within itself, in order to maximize its financial return. That is, we will have the world of NFTs.

The digital future then is not “free” platforms but decentralized interactions where monetization with “blockchains and built-in transactionality” is part of all content consumption.

six key principles of codesign

Over at Common | Edge, Steven Bingler writes about Community CoDesign. An idea, for him, based around the methodology of “the roundtable…reinforced by six key principles.” After running through each of these principles he closes with

“I am convinced that a legacy of service to the community is worth fighting for. And the fight will be formidable. Climate change is upon us: given current rates of sea level rise, it’s likely that millions of people will be forced inland in the decades ahead; others will be faced with increased wildfires, drought and water shortages. Our maps will be radically redrawn. All of this will present unprecedented challenges for planning.”