In quotes, both prose and poetry, and from music, may be found the keys to understanding (as near as it may be possible) what makes me who and what I am. So here are some of my favorites:
"Let me bring you songs from the woods, to make you feel much better than you could know..."
~ Jethro Tull, "Songs from the Woods"
"Ask the Green Man where he comes from, Ask the Cup that fills with red, Ask the old grey Standing Stones, That show the Sun his way to bed. Question all as to their ways, And learn the secrets that they hold. Walk the lines of Nature's palm, Crossed with silver, and with gold..."
~ Jethro Tull, "Cup of Wonder"
"We are basically life-affirming and nature-oriented... the lovers of trees, the mad dancers of moonlit groves, the reverers of our beloved Earth for the mere fact of her intoxicating existence." ~ Tom Williams
"The sickness of civilization is its failure to incorporate, and only then to move beyond the limits of, the primitive." ~ Stanley Diamond, anthropologist
"A vein to the blood of the old song, the moon's rim, daybreak, and a candle end. In flint to this tinder. A glint at the kindling." ~ Robin Williamson
"The future must be built from the best material of past and present, and on the grave of those elements in both which were/are adverse to human life and living." ~ Allen Greenfield
"It seemed to me that an eternal festival of birth and growth, of health and joy manifested in eternal pulsing life, was no bad way for the world to turn." ~ Ewan Clarkson, "Wolf Country"
"Who seeks for heaven alone to save his soul, May keep the path, but will not reach the goal. While he who walks in love may wander far, Yet God will bring him where the blessed are."
~ Henry Van Dyke
I am or have been a writer, organic farmer, sometime poet, naturalist, outdoor educator, and conservationist. I am also a spiritual seeker on what may be a lifelong quest. If I had to try to condense my beliefs into a few words (always a dangerous, inaccurate, and probably ill-advised operation), I might call myself a "Gaia-centric Christo-Pagan Panentheist." If you want me to explain that, you'll have to contact me... it's a bit too complex for a short bio!
Suffice it to say that I love the good Earth, the Natural world which includes but transcends our human world, and an important part of my vocation in life is working to protect and care for it. And beyond that, to help, in whatever small way I can, to re-weave the torn and tattered web of connections between the worlds of Nature, Humankind, and Spirit. In part, I do that by working with my hands in the Community Supported Agriculture gardens at Spoutwood Farm in Glen Rock, PA; in part by my participation in the Festivals at the Farm and in the Beloved Order of the Greenman; in part by my writing. This, too, is of course a life-long quest...