Writing a book takes a long time.  And then publishing it takes a little bit (i.e. a lot) longer.  But it’s worth the effort and the wait, I think, to have something tangible that says what you want it to say that you can hold in your hands and give to others.  It’s fair to say that yes, it does require using trees to print the books, but when your publisher is committed to ecological stewardship, that helps.  It also helps when your publisher is committed to putting forth publications that are meant to be returned to again and again, not thrown away after a quick read.  And when they donate a portion of all profits to a different charity every year.  Add the mission that the mainstream is not the only stream, and you have a pretty stellar combination. 

So I’m pleased to announce that Homebound Publications will be releasing my second book, Woodland Manitou: To Be on Earth, on September 19, 2017.   It’s currently available for pre-order, and there will be plenty more to say about it in the months to come.  But for now, I’m just happy to report that I feel quite grateful to be partnering with a press of integrity and compassion, and I’m excited to put this book out into the world.  In it, you’ll find some familiar essays, as some of the blog posts here have been adapted for the book, and you’ll find plenty new ones as you walk through the four seasons in this collection of nature based essays.

Woodland Manitou is rooted in the rhythm of the natural world and illustrates how the cycles of the earth have informed my everyday life from community to vocation to the food that finds its way to my family’s dinner table.  Through gardening, simple living, and prioritizing sustainability, I’ve done my best to paint a picture of how remaining close to the earth can provide a solid foundation even as the climate changes and the story of the world shifts.  It’s part stories, part wonderings, and part call to act, and I hope it invites you to reflect on your own way of being on earth.  I hope it encourages you to be mindful of the details in the days and grateful for the ordinary stuff of life.  And hope it inspires you to take action when action is the best choice.

Pre-orders are available at the Homebound Publications online store. Check it out….I think you’ll like it in there.

Stay tuned for more information about events and readings throughout Minnesota and Colorado starting in September.

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