When the apricot blossoms fill your heart in fragrance and the silk threads of peace fall like sunbeams on your brow,
Is it time to wake?
When the scarlet wind blows thunder and the wild bird flees shrieking into the storm,
Is now the time to wake?
Hush! Hold these dreams lightly. The sleeper does not wake himself but awaits:
My home is a farm in the hills of Oregon. I was nurtured by the rhythms of nature and the hard work and early lessons of being responsible for living animals and plants. At around 12, I began to write nature poetry and to create music for these lyrics.
I also explored different mediums for creating fantastical creatures and characters especially needle felting on wool and miniature sculpting in beeswax.
I first watched An Inconvenient Truth from Al Gore at age 10 and ever since I’ve been aware of and concerned about climate change. In my late teens, I joined the fight to stop the building of a natural gas pipeline and processing plant project called Jordan Cove that would have impacted the farm & the entire state of Oregon.
One summer soon after this, I attended World Peace and Prayer Day and met Chief Arvol Lookinghorse and Indigenous spiritual leaders from around the world. That summer I joined the nationally recognized Juliana v U.S. federal climate case that pits the Trump administration and U.S. government against 21 youths and children from around the nation who are asking for a science-based, legally mandated national climate recovery plan to preserve the future of our country and our world.
Finding a way to live sustainably in our world is the great challenge of our times. It calls us all to account and at the same time, presents a valuable, truly modern opportunity to deepen our understanding of our lives, of each other, and of our common home.
"The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good, embarking on a path of dialogue which requires patience, self-discipline and generosity, always keeping in mind that “realities are greater than ideas”
In my early teens, I had the great opportunity to begin training in the internal Chinese martial arts when I met Sifu David Leung of Leung Martial Arts.
The path of the martial arts, with all its beauty, richness, and principles, has been a guiding light to many. I remain always grateful to my teachers as I continue to deepen my training, especially focusing on Wing Chun, Taiji (Tai Chi), and Qui Gong, with the aim of continuing to pass it on.
Pursuing a childhood interest in the culture of Ireland, Scotland and the British isles, I also joined a local traditional musician group as a singer. I've found in Irish ballads and traditional tunes a simple joy of living and a deep sense of humor.
Picture by Robin Loznak
"We must understand the two ways we are free to follow, as we choose: the positive way or the negative way, the spiritual way or the material way.
Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think you were put here for something less?"
––– Chief Arvol Lookinghorse