Braiding Sweetgrasss | Recommended by Jennifer Moglia Lucil

Braiding Sweetgrasss

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As an educator who is dedicated to young people learning in nature, I appreciate this indigenous author/scientist’s passion about the natural world. Never had I thought of saying thank you to the tomato plant when I picked its fruit. Now I say it and think, what can I give back to this plant? It’s so insanely anti-capitalist, to think of giving something in return for the abundance bestowed upon me from nature:

“Rather than to greed, prosperity here gave rise to the great potlatch tradition in which material goods were ritually given away, a direct reflection of the generosity of the land to the people. Wealth meant having enough to give away, social status elevated by generosity.”

 
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Jennifer Moglia Lucil is a writer, outdoor teacher, and intrepid parent of twin teenage boys. Her southwest home has taught her about reciprocity with the natural world, while her New York and Massachusetts families have taught her to recover her roots in order to take imaginative flights.

Jennifer’s work has won local recognition, from the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Anne Hillerman Celebration of Writing Award, 2019, for “Night of Thieves,” and from Alibi.com’s Pretty in Pink Writing Contest for “Chance Conversations: Teachers Seize the Ride-Sharing Moment.”

Jennifer studied Literature at Smith College and holds a Master’s degree in Literature and Film Studies from Brown University. She lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Jennifer Moglia Lucil is a writer, outdoor teacher, and intrepid parent of twin teenage boys. Her southwest home has taught her about reciprocity with the natural world, while her New York and Massachusetts families have taught her to recover her roots in order to take imaginative flights.

Jennifer's work has won local recognition, from the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Anne Hillerman Celebration of Writing Award, 2019, for "Night of Thieves," and from Alibi.com's Pretty in Pink Writing Contest for "Chance Conversations: Teachers Seize the Ride-Sharing Moment."

Jennifer studied Literature at Smith College and holds a Master's degree in Literature and Film Studies from Brown University. She lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.