Spirit Mountain Wilds is what I hope will become a space that explores life through the lens of Earth-based spirituality in all of its guises and challenges. This blog actually started because I promised someone that I would review books for a publisher and I realized that when I published the first review that I had to have someplace to house that work. Duh!
I am a bit overwhelmed at the thought of starting a blog. I have metastatic cancer and much of my time is spent in trying to stave off my death. I have had blogs before as well as a professional website that offered information on positive personal transformation followiing trauma. In another life I was a hospital chaplain interested in the positive role that spiritual coping can have in dealing with life threatening illness. This was before I got sick – sheesh, who knew I was going to really have to walk the talk? I was supposed to be dead at mile post 2.5 years; I attribute the fact that I have been living with this cancer for over 7 years to the fact that I have a strong spiritual muscle. Nevertheless, eventually I had to close down all of my on-line publishing because the demands were just too much.
There is a wonderful song by the English group Oysterband called Wilderness . I love it because the chorus says over and over ¨You’re not the master here.¨ That is certainly my experience of life and even more so now that I have cancer as a constant companion. So I will not be able to be the master of this blog. That is not to say that some good, interesting, funny, celebratory, and poignant posts won’t be forthcoming, only that I won’t be able to post on a regular schedule if the cancer is pitching a fit for my attention.
There will be regular book reviews on a variety of topics but probably weighted towards druidic spirituality, neolithic archeology, memoirs, and culture. There will also be occasional DEEP THOUGHTs I feel should be shared, and mixed media offerings including music, photography, videos, and references to podcasts (to which I must confess I am becoming addicted.)
Other things to know about me: I live in a rural mountain community in far northwest Montana in the U.S. This is after many years living in the major metropolitan area of Washington, DC so I feel like I have a bit of a split personality. Part of me loves mountains and rivers and deep silence, and part of me loves high fashion, the newest food trends, drama, music, art/design, and really good single malt. It’s all good – the airport is only 30 minutes from home!