What Inspires Us

“The road to good intentions is paved with hell.”  ~ Matts Mhyrman

For those of us who care deeply about people and the earth and are working to create a bright future, the journey can sometimes be trying and lonely. We each have our coping techniques. Here we share some guiding lights: the people, books, poetry, storytellers, etc that might help you to navigate the bumpy road ahead.

Recent books read

A Short History of Progress
5 of 5 stars
Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine of the Dark Mountain project recommended this book, and I am very glad they did. It has deeply affected the way I view history and our current times. The author tells the stories of four past civilization…
Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything
4 of 5 stars
Since I’m one of the 50% Barbara Ehrenreich cites of people who have had so-called mystical experiences, I was drawn to this book. She is a wonderful writer. I love her dry wit and erudition, not to mention her no-nonsense clarity. I par…
The Night Circus
4 of 5 stars
A very enjoyable read. Imaginative, well-paced, suspenseful storytelling. I particularly enjoyed the structure, which intercuts descriptions of the circus written in second person. You really feel like you’re there. The details are lovin…
Oryx and Crake
4 of 5 stars
Brilliant storytelling, gripping and highly imaginative. Yet the world she paints is vivid and real. A frightening warning of where we could be headed, if we don’t get our arrogance and materialism in check. The unusual plot structure he…