9:11 Memorial

How Acts of Beauty Filled New York After September 11

November 25, 2019

The idea of making an anonymous act of beauty for a place came to me when I offered a ceremony for New Yorkers two months after the September 11 attacks. The event, called Attending the …

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The Gift Decoupled

November 13, 2019

The French anthropologist and sociologist Marcel Mauss (1872-1950) was the first westerner to write about gift-giving as an essential aspect of culture, more widespread and more universal than any other. Mauss saw gift-giving as a …

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“You will be awakened, you will become aware”

October 3, 2019

“Anyone reading this book will need to know that you cannot come out of the experience as you went in—you will be awakened, you will become aware—or as the newest generation says—you’ll be woke.” Peter …

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“The power of facing unpleasant facts”

October 1, 2019

“Distinctly modern,” writes Joseph Bullington in this thoughtful article about Radical Joy for Hard Times, with “many ideas [that] are ancient.”

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“Why can’t you just change channels?”

September 13, 2019

In this excerpt from her book, Radical Joy for Hard Times, Trebbe explores the reluctance of so many people to admit their grief when the places and species they care about are destroyed.

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Why pushing a rock up a hill & other beautiful tasks fill us with joy

September 8, 2019

How can we create beauty and discover joy in a world so badly wounded by the machinations of our modern culture? This is a question that Trebbe Johnson strives to answer, both philosophically and in …

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Good Grief Network

Trebbe Johnson Talks About Finding Joy While Facing Climate Change

August 4, 2019

Founders of the acclaimed Good Grief Network, LaUra Schmidt and Aimee Reau, talk with Trebbe about how to find—and not be tempted to reject—beauty and joy while confronting the reality of ecological grief.

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When the Earth Hurts…

May 1, 2019

An interview with Trebbe Johnson is followed by a lively discussion among Canadian ecopsychologists as they reflect on sorrow and beauty in nature.

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Radical Joy for Hard Times Selected as a “Top Spiritual Book of 2018”

March 11, 2019

Spirituality and Practice has chosen Trebbe Johnson’s Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty for Earth’s Broken Places as one of their Top 50 Spiritual Books of 2018!

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Yale Climate Connections

Clearcuts, oil spills, hurricane damage: How to love broken places

January 17, 2019

Listen to Trebbe at Yale Climate Connections… Author Trebbe Johnson offers advice on coping with environmental destruction in her new book, ‘Radical Joy for Hard Times’.

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So How Do We Live with This?

November 13, 2018

Author Trebbe Johnson offers advice on coping with environmental destruction in her new book, ‘Radical Joy for Hard Times’

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You Are Now Entering The Environment

January 23, 2018

Trebbe wrote an article “You Are Now Entering the Environment” in the 2018 Winter Issue of Minding Nature. 

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Showing Gratitude, Raising Awareness

November 9, 2017

A Radical Joy for Hard Times event bridges the communities who lost homes and lands in the building of a reservoir that supplies some of the cleanest water in the world to New York City.

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