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Unripe Spirits

“These unripe spirits keep seeking the earth.—Children, one earthly Thing truly experienced, even once, is enough for a lifetime.” – German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875-1926

“one earthly Thing truly experienced” — things in which we are so present and engaged, so deeply involved: the birth of a child, falling in love, being surprised by the beauty of nature, death, and other moments of profound depth. The impulse of the poet and of the mystic is that all of life is imbued with this profound element, if we but “had eyes to see,” as Jesus puts it.

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Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy; I pass the winters in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. I'm working on a memoir-based nonfiction book on the American Dream. I blog, quite frequently, and I also have a novel in process, set in Alaska.

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