This site is a collection of writings about experiences I have had with the natural and human world. Essentially it is an experiment in awareness.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Winter darkness brings on the extreme winter depression the Polar Eskimo call perleroneq. (…), the word means to feel “the weight of life.” (…). It is to be “sick of life” (…). The victim tears fitfully at his clothing. A woman begins aimlessly slashing at things in the iglu with her knife. A person runs half naked into the bitter freezing night, screaming out at the village, eating the shit of the dogs. Eventually the person is calmed by others in the family, with great compassion, and helped to sleep. Perlerorneq. Winter. Berry Lopez, ARTIC DREAMS, Page 243.
Having worked for over twenty-five years in the environmental field in industry, consulting, and government; I have come to realize that we need a better way to interact with the world. I used to believe that registering myself as professional engineer was important, now I believe that reinventing my profession is what really matters. My degrees in Civil Engineering and Servant Leadership filled me with much knowledge, but it is living on the earth that will help me find wisdom. I currently reside in Blaine Minnesota, a place where the wetlands have been drained, suburban sprawl reigns, and nature continues attempts to recover from what we take. Email me at email@example.com or share a comment.