Last weekend I camped in Orcas Island for an introductory course at Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead. Living in the City for the past few years, I am used to the light pollution and not being able to see the dark sky. I only saw the dark sky once before when I was volunteering a week at Sucia Island for trail building. It was the first time that I saw the abundance of stars and planets. At the time, I was sad realizing that I had lived most of my life not knowing what the sky looked like. So last weekend when I was reunited once again with the stars, I felt connected to the universe and remembered that I am stardust. Modernization has sadly taken away the dark sky. Our ancestors navigated and read the messages from the universe. It was a map that we once knew how to read and how to interpret. I wonder about the lack of connection and American’s individualism. How can we think beyond ourselves when we cannot see beyond ourselves?