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“Everybody needs beauty…places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.”

John Muir

For the past year I have had the pleasure of living in Santa Cruz, California. Now all too quickly, it is time to return home to Boulder, Colorado. I came to Santa Cruz to write, teach and learn. These I have done. But so much more has transpired over this past year. I have experienced the profound beauty of the people and places of this area of California. The warmth I have experienced from the people of Santa Cruz and throughout California has been deeply moving. The friends I have made are many and each person has given me so much. It is impossible to describe how moved I am by all of their heartfelt offerings. I have enjoyed lecturing and teaching at the University of California Santa Cruz and have learned much from colleagues and the students at UCSC. Such a beautiful campus! The gifts of friendship born here will be honored for years to come.

I have also had the opportunity to explore the wondrous beauty of Northern California extending north to Point Reyes and south of Big Sur. I previously knew of the magnificence of this place, but found myself in repeated speechless awe in the midst of such varying vistas of verdant grandeur. Driving on Route 1 places one in a state of transcendental travel. Personally, I have always felt more peaceful and centered near the ocean. The grand extent of the sea and its dynamic power touch the depths of my soul. The thunderous sounds of crashing waves, the specular scintillation of sunlight from ocean surface, and smell of salt in the air combine to create a sensual experience unparalleled. Then there are the redwoods… How to describe these ancient sacred beings stretching skyward? The texture of their roughhewn surface, their gigantic girth, or the experience of standing within their encircling base moves me as I write these words. Standing within a forest of redwoods one becomes aware of why indigenous peoples through time have worshiped these entities as gods.

These are but a few of the many feelings that come to me as I reflect on this past year in California. It will be very difficult to leave this place and the people here. I am thankful for this year and vow to return often to drink from this well of soulful sustenance. Allow me to share some of California with you…


 Point Reyes


 Along Route 1


 Point Lobos


 Big Sur


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