Having grown up in the shadow of the Bomb and having provided supportive care to post-Cold War generations of children and their parents (both in crisis), I have seen a lot of distrust and instability in people--individually and in communities. I have seen how the shadow of impending doom can rewrite a way that people live. This distrust and instability is not a personal issue. It is a sign and symptom of having lived in a time when the imagination can harbor not simply notions of tribal decay and destruction, but the decay and destruction of all tribes, in all places, and throughout all future time. We can wipe out everything that exists within the realm of our planet--in an instant. This changes who people are. This changes how people grow and develop. The current earth crisis is large. It looms overhead and in our homes. It is more visible and prevalent than the crisis of the Bomb. Everything we pick up and discard is a reminder that we have a problem. In many ways this crisis is more severe than the Bomb. In this crisis everyone has a button they can push to bring destruction. We have more madmen to worry about. Everyone. Everyone has an impact on global ecologic and climate issues. Here are poets' songs on the beauty of the earth, lest we forget.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"We Franciscans considered creation itself 'The Big Book' and the later Bible 'The Little Book.' We were told if we did not honor the first book, we would undoubtedly dishonor the second one too. I am afraid that is largely what happened, but here are some very fine voices to help something new happen--and hopefully happen very soon!" --Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation, New Mexico
N. Thomas Johnson-Medland Glinda G. Johnson-Medland
N. Thomas Johnson-Medland is the CEO of Lighthouse Hospice, Inc., of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He is the author of Bridges, Paths, and Waters; Dirt, Sky, and Mountains, Cairn-Space, Entering the Stream, Along the Road, From the Belly of the Whale, Dance Macabre, Windows and Doors, as well as Turning Within and Duende.
Glinda G. Johnson-Medland is a poet, therapist, and writer who lives in the Pocono Mountains with Tom, Zachary and Josiah. She loves gardening, the outdoors, and finding a quiet spot in the sun to read from time to time.
Bob and Sarina Cook are the proprietors of Cook Family Photography (www.cookfamilyphotography.net), and live in Mount Pocono, PA. They are friends of Tom and Glinda's.