- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Lorian Press (December 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 093687841X
- ISBN-13: 978-0936878416
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Geoffrey Oelsner has been actively addressing community health and environmental issues for thirty-five years now, as a community organizer in Georgia and Arkansas; while engaged with others in anti-nuclear research and activism; as co-author of a book about natural forms of radiation protection; and most recently working to alert the public and public health officials to the environmental hazards of fracking for subterranean natural gas deposits. He is convinced that we can help sustain and restore environmental harmony through our loving interactions with the natural world in a way that complements such necessary and important political work.
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This book offers a worthwhile read for anyone interested in venturing past their ordinary reality.
This is an account of one man's journey, a big-boots tromp from the sixties to 2012. It is one answer to the question,"What if we had held that vision as we grew older?" The telling at times feels like stories heard at Grandpa's knee... then on the next page, it is the excited account of your friend, who while you went home to work on summer break, hitched all the way to "that-place", and back. What tales! Marvels seen, heard, and felt. One after another! Perhaps we all have one or two... but here are so many; one after another, they tumble forth!
And there is something different about the aftertaste of Geoff's telling. At times such tales have been told, `til the telling is exhausted, and we're left with a sort of emptiness arising. The feeling stirred, then left hanging... where to go with it? Geoffrey Oelsner has gone somewhere with it. He has integrated and, as he says, "collaborated". His writings entice us, and he personally invites us, not just to visit, but to take out citizenship, unite with our fellows who are by some standards different to the extreme, yet in another sense, which our guide gently illustrates, very much our kin. It is a bold invitation, to embrace the ordinary and the extraordinary, in the same moment.
We strongly sense in these pages the author as well. He gives us clues to a way of living. In harmony, in service, though not from a stance of self-denial. Clearly he has deeply enjoyed every minute. Read a few pages, then go outside....
I am inspired by his gentle, humorous, and skillfully written narrative to do my own further investigations, to observe and attune myself to this great connecting "Web of Life" within our most ordinary as well as exalted moments. Geoff shares his love of being and of the earth with wonder and reverence, with a tender, balanced, mind and heart. This lovely tone pulled me into intimacy with his discoveries and with my own sense of joy and expansiveness of self. For this I am very grateful!
the threshold of our often all too busy lives. The mysterious coincidence of events and interactions in
our lives can escape our notice until our attention is turned to that quite but very real presence.
I recommend this book to you.