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The Ancestral Gift
Reclaiming the Commons
Heather Menzies
Episode: P038
Broadcast dates: July 11 to July 24, 2022
Length: 28'' mins
Host: Ingrid Rose
Much of Heather Menzies' adult life has been spent writing, researching, teaching and giving talks throughout the world about critical issues of our time. Understanding herself to be a seeker, and feeling the limits of the current academic discourse, she welcomed the inner debate between her intellectual self and the self that knew there were other experiential ways of "knowing".

In conversation with writers radio host Ingrid Rose, she tells the remarkable story of an early experience as a child, her connection to something much larger than her known world, and reads from her book, Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good, A memoir and manifesto about re-connection with her Highland Scottish ancestors who had lived by the laws of the Commons until the English "Clearances" drove them from the land they knew in their bones.