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"The fate of the world hangs by a thread, and that thread is the human psyche." Carl Jung  - From "Matter of Heart, The Extraordinary Journey of C.G. ]ung.", a video biography.


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
― H.H. Dalai Lama XIV


 
Amanita muscaria
Photographs from Tent Rocks, Tesuque Creek, Chaco Canyon, of the fungus Amanita muscaria and of the Welcome to Bella Coola sign are by Earl James.

Headliner portrait photograph is by Jane Bernard.
BREAKING NEWS: 

The Rainforest Brought Them Home, a screenplay adapted from my novel, wins a 2013 Moondance International Film Festival Award! 

My novel, Bella Coola: The Rainforest Brought Them Home receives 2013 Nautilus Book Award!  Click on 'Book, Screenplay'.

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   ...always moving, always transient, always becoming or arising, this flow of life we inhabit and attempt to pin down with descriptions of who we are, or want to be, always trying to find permanence, a rock in the wind or in the midst of the waterfall...

   On this website, you'll find descriptions of non-profit fundraising work I do (Work I Do), a couple of essays and poems I've written (Writings),  my recently-published environmental/spiritual novel, Bella Coola: The Rainforest Brought Them Home (News), a bio note and how to connect (About Me/Contact Me) how to connect with others (Links), and an evolving page on the Great Bear Rainforest.
 

Click on the "Welcome to Bella Coola" photograph below to read the first chapter of my novel and three other short excerpts.

      The Town of Bella Coola is in coastal British Columbia, dead center in the temperate rainforest  that the runs from the Olympic Peninsula to Alaska.

     Bella Coola hosts the tribal headquarters of the Nuxalk Nation, indigenous peoples that have lived in this region for over 10,000 years.

    For over 100 years, the Nuxalk Nation has been battling to preserve their environment and culture, like most indigenous peoples everywhere.


  
  Link to their website on my Links page.
Salmon - Brachymystax lenok - in the British Museum of Natural History, by JeongAhn via Wikimedia Commons
If this photograph of salmon in 'captivity'  alongside the wilderness photographs seems jarring to you, it should.  Salmon worldwide are in rapid decline from over-fishing and habitat destruction.  A great ecological chain will be broken forever if / when we can only see salmon in a museum tank.
Psyche, Thread, Planet  
      There is nothing more telling about the current state of the human psyche than our collective behavior toward our one and only life support system: our only planet.

      While great leaps of morality and justice have been made in this world, such as the establishment of the International Criminal Court - - where heads of state are tried for crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes - - and most recently with the astonishing victory of nonviolence over Egypt's dictator, we cannot yet say that we value and treat the natural environment with the same moral convictions.

      What we can say is that we are in a race between the forces of fear and greed gnawing away ferociously at the thin thread our only planet hangs from, and the many ardent forces allied against that gnawing.

      If you measure this race by such things as the depletion of natural resources vs. the protection or restoration of same, or by the daily increase in concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere vs. the number of coal-fired power plants shut down, it's clear that the gnawers are winning handily.

      If, on the other hand, we take the sudden appearance and victory of nonviolence in Egypt as a sign that great shifts in consciousness and behavior can occur without warning, then all may not be lost.

      Time will tell.