I was just featured on Wendy Tremayne's blog, Holy Scrap. WHAT!?
I'm a rather avid, (perhaps even rabid) reader. I've been devouring books since I was able and before that would study them quietly on my own (admittedly, sometimes upside down).
Books have been critical in the years I've spent processing what I saw when I traveled through India and Southeast Asia. My perspective and path have shifted considerably from who I was while teaching in NYC. Some of that came from working with brilliant, dedicated people at an amazing school, but much of it came from the books I read after hours. I've mentioned some of the books that helped me make sense of things in a previous post-- Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed, Ram Das's Be Here Now, Daniel Quinn's Ishmael, Gary Snyder's Turtle Island, Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs.
The book that made the biggest, loudest impact on my life was Wendy Tremayne's The Good Life Lab. All of the things I wanted (nature, community, relative freedom from consumerism, self-sufficiency, time) Wendy and her partner had left NYC and created a space for-- in the desert, without much money, constantly teaching themselves the new skills they needed for their homestead. Wendy's book was a total inspiration for me as I struggled to figure out how I could incorporate the things I wanted most into my life, leading me to take another trip across the country living out of my car and finding an herbalism program. It's part detailed how-to and part self-discovery narrative. It's beautifully illustrated, interestingly written, and unusually bound. I've been giving away copies as gifts since I first read it. And so, since Wendy called me one of her "blog babies," I'm giddy <3