I have always enjoyed the title of one of Alan Watts’ books – Cloud Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown. It speaks to me of the peace and rest that anonymity can bring. Public life holds a certain kind of helpfulness, however for an older person, public life can work contrary to the essences of that person’s journey. I believe the world is at a crisis point, a time when profound transition is possible – though not inevitable. I find that I must take a step through the Gate that these times have offered to me. I have taken several periods of “time off” over the years but none have lasted long enough for my silence to bear fruit.
I am going on an extended time of retreat and silence for the rest of the year 2020. Our simple home here in Mt. Shasta and the loving support of Nancy, provide the perfect setting for this retreat. When this unique year has past, I will reevaluate all of my options.
Nancy and I are fine. We are well, healthy, happy and at peace with our work. If you want to keep in touch, please go to Nancy’s blog – Earth Centered Living After 60 There you will find updates on our journey and a way of contacting Nancy. During this time I will not be receiving email. I will not be blogging. I will be turning my attention to my life-long desire for an experiential, rather than merely intellectual, relationship with the Mystery, the Tao.
The flow of Tao is unpredictable, but I trust that when this exceptional year has past, we will find each other well, safe, and walking the path in peace and hope.
Blessings to us all.
Home is a strange term for one whose spirit has been wandering most of his life. I have an emotional “home” in my dear spouse, Nancy, but only in my later years (70+) have I realized that, to paraphrase the words and flip the meaning of the old gospel hymn, “this Earth is indeed my home.”
The process of coming home then, brings an energetic blend of excitement and fear. I have lived for seven decades as part of a culture instead of as part of the Earth. To return home, Nancy and I finally realized, requires leaving culture behind because this particular culture has led us far astray and left us wandering strangers in a strange land.
This website is dedicated to the pursuit of freedom, simplicity, and joy – qualities that have been erased by the combination of industrial mono-culture, environmental destruction, and political dysfunction. I wan to share with you my journey home, and to share the resources, insights, and encouragements I find along the way. As Gandalf said to Frodo, “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
A year ago we pulled out our savings and bought a used 2003 Winnebago motor home. For a few months we were parked at my son’s house in southern Arizona, enjoying the presence of family and grandchildren. About eight months ago we migrated north to a 3-acre property near Mount Shasta, California, that has been in my family for almost one hundred years. My sister has title but Nancy and I are now the resident caretakers. The motor home and an old cabin house us. Forest and field surround us, asking us to bring the care that has been lacking for almost three decades of caretakers who were not that interested.
I’m home now, and from this place I want to spend the rest of my life offering whatever gifts I have – to this place to you, and to the Earth.
Except for my traditionally published books, which are owned by the publisher, everything on this site is offered as a gift – essays, journals, classes, the books to which I own the rights, and anything else I create. Nancy and I live simply and, if you would like to give something in return, we would receive it gratefully. (See below for donations) But if your circumstances don’t allow for that, please use anything here that might be helpful to you. There are truly no strings.