the painting above is “Incoming Tide” by Chiura Obata
(a slightly variant version of this post is found under the “about” page on this site.)
life-long Left Coast beach & mountain forest lover & defender
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area & San Diego area, and have live up & down the Coast throughout much of my life. Though I have also lived several other places as well, sometimes for years at a time, the West Coast always still feels most like home, emotionally, aesthetically, culturally, bio-regionally.
Although most of my activism has been concerned with global, planetary issues related to establishing world peace through inner peace, some has also been closely & more directly connected to efforts to sustain a present-&-future for the forests, wetlands, beaches, mountains, and communities of California and elsewhere up the Coast. It’s an ongoing struggle to save one of the most beautiful, uplifting natural eco-geo realities and cultural realities the world has probably ever known.
The Left Coast is, of course, a diverse but somewhat distinctive bio-cultural region as well as a diverse but somewhat distinctive bio-physical region. Many people & many social factors have contributed, & continue to contribute, to a sometimes quite astonishingly inspiring progressive (“Left”) cultural mix. And much of Left Coast culture, especially “California culture” has spread throughout the world, helping shape and define much of what now exists as a planet-wide mix of spiritual, creative, political, environmental, and pop-cultural elements on the forward side of human mind-sets, outlooks, lifestyles, and values. Much of the world now lives by creative ideas, values, & expressions pioneered in San Francisco, Berkeley, LA, San Diego and numerous smaller towns, villages, and rural communities along the California coast.
It’s often impossible to say, of course, which factors had the most influence on others. Did the distinctive spiritual & ecological laws of nature already lively in California & elsewhere along the Coast most influence the people who have populated the region, inspiring them to create this distinctive contribution to planetary human consciousness, or did the human values, perceptions & expressions contribute most to the tremendously palpable “atmosphere” we tend so often to associate also with the region? Obviously there is some of both.
It’s a very “habit-forming” bio-geo-cultural regional milieu for those who grew up within it, find it deeply appealing, and who have helped contribute to growing & sustaining it, in whatever large or small ways. There are just so many aspects of the distinctive living spirit & ambiance of (the best of) the Left Coast, which make it uniquely significant to people like myself. I love many other cultural-&-bio-geo-regional places on Earth also, but none so well, over all, as the beloved Coast. At least the Coast I grew up on. There always were aspects of the geo-cultural regional experience that were just horrible, and increasingly there are more of these all the time. A good deal of what was best & most beloved about the reality of Coastal Life is gone now, of course, transmogrified (trans-smog-refried), or lost—killed off, choked-off, & in any case now long dead & gone. But what remains of the best, both in outer reality & also in my mind, is mostly quite lovely indeed. It is worth preserving.
presently daydreaming under a high desert sky… Been here ten years now. Moved here from Marin (San Francisco Bay Area) with my now-late sweetheart-wife. Why here? A largely inexplicable legerdemain of Fate. Since residing here, have continued to enjoy some traveling, much of it repeated once or twice every year or two: Santa Fe, Taos, Southwest variance; back to California, up & down the Coast, the Northwest—Ashland, Eugene, Portland, Seattle, Port Townsend, Vancouver, Vancouver Island; across country, Boulder, Colorado Rockies, Midwest, NYC, Boston; back to Holland, back to India. Most are places we’d been to before, most I’d love to see again, some I’d love to see once or twice every year or two if possible. There are many more also desirable places, near & far, I’ve yet to explore. Though there is much beauty here, I still resonate with the Coast as my emotional home. Would be happiest to relocate there perhaps, or possibly move on to some new magical place[s] (—but where?)….If I had the dough. Yet for the Now, this High Desert eyrie continues to be my redoubt.