After experiencing a wide variety of environments over the years, I’ve made my home here in the Willapa Watershed of Southwestern Washington. I write about my experienced environment, which I explore daily usually by taking long walks in the forests behind my home that go for miles and miles. I also work on making my home an art environment that complements the wonderful and sometimes tragically abused nature surrounding me.
I’ve answered to the name rén most of my life. I was living in the Bay Area when a friend of mine of Chinese heritage called to my attention its importance in her culture. The Analects is the earliest Chinese text that stresses the concept of rén. Rén has been translated as “benevolence,” “humaneness,” or simply “goodness.” For Confucius, rén is the summation of human virtues, and rén is a quality that every human should strive to achieve, but it is so exalted that he was wary of attributing rén to anyone. That would of course include me, I humbly agree. What we call “civilization” has little to do with any of those authentically human characteristics.