A geologist by training, I have always sought to understand the natural world around me. As a healthy person living with autoimmune disease, I have sought to understand the internal workings of my body. As a writer, I have chosen my art to explore the whole enchilada—the world around us, the world within us, and the threads that connect the two. I believe those threads originate from the same place that our spirituality resides. I believe that all of us who are on this journey in life are intensely spiritual whether we go to church every day or meditate on mountaintops or neither.
So I write about rocks and nature—about wellness, the importance of affordable access to health care (real health care, not just access to pharmaceuticals), about the health of our planet, about poverty and injustice, about people who make me smile and things that make me curious. This is my art.
I strive to live my life honoring the belief that I am a small part of a Grand Whole. Every single thing on this planet is intertwined, and damage to one part of the planet damages the whole. Like the pine sapling that takes root in a boulder and slowly, obeying the elements, breaks down the granite, we each have an impact, large or small on the world around us. It’s not always a pretty process—it can be chaotic even. I think that wherever we put our efforts, they will be as seeds that will sustain this planet. The rocks, wildlife, flora, spirit, all of it.