I grew up moving around a lot, mostly from place to place in California, but also for one year abroad in Europe and Central America. As a boy, I longed for stability in the form of a big yet cozy house enclosed by a white picket fence in a suburban neighborhood of other nice homes with white picket fences. That never materialized. What did come forth, though, was a touch-stone, intentional community my parents made sure to be a part of pretty early on: the San Juan Ridge area and, by extension, Grass Valley and Nevada City, all in historic gold mining country of Northern California. We were part of a network of great people, knitted together by love of poetry and the other arts and a solid set of values, including caring for the land, equal justice for all, and many other principles. A lot of people from that community I knew growing up and still hold dear have passed on, most of them, it seems, cut down too soon. It’s part of the natural order of things, I realize, but it still feels very sad. However, over and above this live a deep understanding and gratitude inside myself that I was part of an interconnection of families rich in backgrounds, love, and shared values, truly a community in every sense of that word. There was indeed a lot of gold to be found, the gold in so many hearts of people who I had the great fortune to know.
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I'm gay, married, Pagan, and Progressive-minded from California, raised by hippie intellectuals. I relocated to Massachusetts for graduate school and never moved back to the Left Coast. My day job is that of psychotherapist in private practice, a profession I love with all my heart and a dream fully realized that I'd had since fifteen years of age. These are my rantings, reviews, and reflections. If nothing else, I hope you find something interesting and leave the rest. View all posts by The Practical, Fanciful Pagan