Saturday, February 19, 2022

Our Undoing is Our Becoming

The paradox found in the peace and restlessness of these desert lands, where rockslides, flash floods, and drought are commonplace, allows us to embrace the hardscrabble truths of change. In the process of being broken open, worn down, and reshaped, an uncommon tranquility can follow. Our undoing is also our becoming.

I have come to believe this is a good thing. -- Terry Tempest Williams, Vernal equinox 2019 (from page xiii, Erosion: Essays of Undoing, 2019)

 From Wikipedia about Terry Tempest Williams,

Terry Tempest Williams (born 8 September 1955), is an American writer, educator, conservationist, and activist. Williams' writing is rooted in the American West and has been significantly influenced by the arid landscape of Utah. Her work focuses on social and environmental justice ranging from issues of ecology and the protection of public lands and wildness, to women's health, to exploring our relationship to culture and nature. She writes in the genre of creative nonfiction and the lyrical essay.
I recently had the joyous opportunity to have Terry share her inspiration with me (but not only me) as I listened to a conversation with her hosted by Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ. Terry is a writer, but highlights artistic expression especially as reflects our environmental concerns. That's why I wanted to share this experience with you, Arizona Eagletarian readers. Please enjoy some or all of the conversation.

How many of my friends are moved by the urgency of the challenge to democracy in the United States of America? Of course it is an urgent matter. Williams can help us see it through a more hopeful lens.

Early in this conversation Williams describes the Council of Pronghorns. Read more about it here

Consider the Power of Art.

If you have any artistic inclination, I hope you raise your (artistic) voice to do good. BE and MAKE the change we need.

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