On Marriage and Civil Unions

Up until recently, I’ve been content to express my views on same-sex marriage in one-on-one conversations and occasional posts to chatrooms and social networking sites. However, in light of the renewed onslaught against the rights and dignity of GLBT couples, I feel compelled to speak publicly on the subject.

First, I will respond to the latest bit of propaganda by methodically refuting its key arguments. Then, I will present my own solution to the conflict — which, while not at all original, is often overlooked and should satisfy reasonable individuals on all sides of the debate.

So… a group called National Organization for Marriage has started pushing a TV commercial called “A Gathering Storm.” Of course, NOM isn’t the only group pushing this so-called “religious freedom” agenda. But their arguments are pretty typical, and they have appointed themselves as champions of the cause, so I will make them the target of my rhetorical wrath.

I’m not going to link to the commercial because I don’t want to boost their popularity in search engines. But it should be easy enough to find on your own. If you haven’t watched it yet, go ahead and watch it now to ensure that you know what I’m talking about.

We could have a whole nother debate about the level of fear presented in this piece of propaganda, and how much of that is genuine fear versus cool calculating propaganda intended to make the viewer afraid. But for now, let’s take it at face value. Let’s assume that someone is raising genuine concerns over the implications that same-sex marriage has for people who are religiously opposed to it. Let’s examine these concerns and reply appropriately.

Concern 1: Doctors and Faith. Apparently, a doctor was told that she could not legally refuse to perform an artificial insemination treatment simply because the patient was a lesbian. This was ruled to be a form of descrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

First of all, this concern is wholly unrelated to the same-sex marriage debate. The anti-discrimination law would apply regardless of whether her state had same-sex marriage.

Second, this doctor may indeed need to make a choice between her profession and her faith if her faith prohibits working professionally with GLBT patients. As a doctor, her profession serves the general public — and all professions which serve the general public must be ready to serve all members of that public regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Her faith-based denial may seem innocuous enough in a fertility clinic — but what happens when I’m in an emergency room and she wants to deny me life-saving treatment because I’m a bisexual? Or because I’m a Pagan for that matter.

The point here is that if you are a doctor, you are a doctor. If you don’t want to inseminate lesbians, don’t work in a fertility clinic. If you don’t want to perform abortions, don’t work in an abortion clinic. If you don’t want to operate on gays or non-Christians or whatnot in the emergency room… well, maybe you should have been a divinities or religious studies major instead of a doctor.

Concern 2: Non-Profit Status. Apparently, a church group in New Jersey refused to rent out their beachside pavilion to a same-sex couple for their civil union ceremony. Because of this, the pavilion’s tax-exempt status was revoked.

This is a contentious case. This case is probably the most reasonable argument put forward by the people at NOM and elsewhere. But ultimately, it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

First of all, this pavilion was operated as a public business. Its filing status and long history clearly indicated that it was a public venue rented out for a wide variety of civic and secular purposes. Its net proceeds [“profits”] may have gone to a religious non-profit, but it was open for business to the general public. Therefore, it is bound by anti-discrimination laws, just as a restaurant, movie theatre, or other business would be.

Second… revoking an organization’s tax exemption does not equate to revoking religious freedom. Only organizations which in some way serve the general public are granted exemptions from public taxes. If a church group or other religious organization wants to exclude entire identity groups from their rituals or services, they are free to do so. However, this classifies them as a private rather than public organization, and this may affect their tax exempt status accordingly.

Really, I think it’s weird that ANY churches or other purely religious organizations have tax exempt status. Tax exempt status is meant to reward organizations for serving the general public. It’s basically a way of “paying” the organization for filling a social or economic need that would otherwise be filled by public services.

But that’s another issue. If we assume that we’re going to give tax exemptions to religious organizations, then this exemption must surely be limited to their purely religious activities. It should not include economic activities which they conduct in a discriminatory manner.

Concern 3: Public Schools. Some public schools, including elementary schools, teach tolerance towards GLBT people and lifestyles. Some parents feel that this violates their right to educate their children as they see fit.

First of all, most if not all states allow home schooling. It’s more difficult in some states than in others, but to my knowledge, it’s not illegal in any state.

Second, the education provided in public schools is intended to prepare students for public life. Currently, we live in a society where GLBT individuals and lifestyles are in fact allowed to exist in the public sphere and are protected by anti-discrimination laws. Therefore, public schools *should* teach children to be tolerant of the GLBT community in the public sphere.

If you as a parent believe that homosexuality is sinful, evil, destructive to society, etc., then you can teach that to your children when they come home. You can also teach them that you believe that the laws should be changed and homosexuals should be forced back into the closet. In fact, it may even make sense to teach in public schools that some religious traditions oppose homosexuality entirely. This is important information for people to know, after all.

But ultimately, a public school is a public institution, and as such it should be teaching children how to function within the public sphere. And in the public sphere, people are not allowed to discriminate against other people on the basis of their sexual orientation. If you want to teach bigotry to your children, you’re going to have to do it on your own time, and on your own dime, not on the time and dime of the public school system.

So… those are three of the major concerns in this movement to oppose same-sex marriages. Now, allow me to propose a solution to this cultural conflict which, in theory, all sides should be able to live with. I didn’t come up with this proposal, but it’s a good one, so I’ve adopted it as my own and share it whenever I can.

The short version: Government has no place in defining marriage. Instead, government should define civil unions and leave the question of marriage in the hands of religious communities.

Now, a few words on the details…

Some religious people seem genuinely afraid that the government will start forcing them to alter their principles and practices surrounding deeply religious ceremonies such as marriage. As a deeply religious person myself, this concerns me too.

Therefore, the government should butt out of the marriage question entirely. Anyone who wants to get married — hetero or same-sex — will not have to ask the government for a marriage license. They will simply ask their clergy of choice to perform the ceremony for them, and it will be done. Once they have fulfilled any requirements of their faith, and participated in any ceremonies or rites of their faith, they will be married in the eyes of their faith.

A civil union, on the other hand, is a civic relationship — a contractual relationship that involves sharing of certain public rights and responsibilities such as child custody, property inheritance, power of attorney, and so on. People joined in a civil union are declaring that for all intents and purposes, they should be treated as the closest of kin. This union may be entered into by a heterosexual couple or a same-sex couple. It may even be open to people in certain other intimate relationships, such as platonic life partners [“best friends”] or people who do not wish anyone in their biological family to be their next-of-kin.

By fully separating the concepts of “marriage” and “civil union,” we allow the religious and spiritual aspects of this relationship to be handled by the religious community while the legal and public aspects are handled by public institutions. This way, religious people can oppose or reject whatever forms of marriage they like without interfering with the civil rights and free choices of other citizens.

Do you think same-sex relationships are sinful? Feel free to think that! Feel free to preach it from the pulpit and hand out as many glossy “family values” pamphlets as you like. Feel free to forbid anyone from the GLBT community from participating in your sacraments, including but not limited to marriage.

But allow the GLBT community the same degree of freedom. Let people form churches which do in fact perform same-sex marriages. Let all people, including GLBT people, enter into consensual contractual relationships (civil unions) with their loved ones in which they share their rights and their responsibilities with one another as if they were blood relations.

There you have it.

Questions? Comments? Affirmations? Rebuttals?

As always, you know where to find me.

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The Culture War

As a poet, a mystic, a romantic, and a revolutionary, I sometimes have a flair for the dramatic. Like a moth drawn to the flame, I often find myself yearning for some grand adventure to keep life interesting. These adventures take many forms: transcendent experiences of the natural world; ecstatic experiences shared with friends and lovers; encountering unknown people and places; championing the causes of freedom and justice and ecological integrity.

Really, though, at the end of the day, I’m a simple soul with simple desires, and not as much wanderlust as it seems. Give me a good roof over my head, good food in my belly, good fields and forests to work and play in, a good lover (or lovers!) to talk and cuddle and make love with, and I’ll be a happy camper. Give me all of these things in a warm community environment, and I’ll be like a hobbit in the Shire, with little cause or desire to go seeking adventure elsewhere.

But alas, Gentle Reader, I have no Shire to retire to. And thus, my heart falls back on the old longing for epic adventures to grant me my sense of a place in the world.

Sadly, the world is all too happy to oblige.

As I find my health and spirits improving, my attention is returning more and more to my place in the world. Who am I? How can I lead a good life among my fellow humans, and what role can I play to serve the common good of my community and the living Earth?

I wish that there were some simple answer to this. But the world is not a simple place — and sadly, the world is facing some complex problems that threaten to put an end not only to our hopes for a better society, but also the continued existence of life as we know it.

That may sound like an exaggeration. But please, hear me out.

The sad reality is that we’re in the midst of a multilateral culture war. Throughout known history, humanity has always been at war with itself, and various factions and empires have always fought for the hearts and minds of the masses. But given the past century or two of technological advances, booming population, and growing global interdependence, we may very well be the first generation of human beings who literally have the power to unite the entire planet under a “New World Order” unlike anything that has ever existed before.

This late in the game, there’s no point in trying to put the genie back in the bottle. Our social, economic, political, psychological, spiritual, and ecological lives have become so intertwined that “globalization” is already mostly in effect. The only question remaining is what enduring principles and/or institutions, if any, will govern the form and essence of this newfound global unification.

And so, humanity’s unfortunate tradition of “Weltanschauungskrieg” — or “Worldview Warfare” — has advanced to a whole new level. This time, given our mixed blessing of enormous creative and destructive power, the fate of an entire world is at stake.

As far as I can tell, there are at least three major players in the current struggle for the hearts and minds of the people of the world. Since I live in the U.S., and since the U.S. is such a powerful force in the world right now, I’ll focus on how these three cultural factions operate here in U.S. society.

These broad alliances are difficult to define at times, but for the sake of argument, I’ll refer to them as the Dominionists, the Secular Humanists, and the Economic Elites.

The Dominionists are the ones who really got me thinking about Worldview Warfare. They openly embrace the concept of a Culture War. They believe that their God is the only and only God; that Jesus Christ is the savior of all humanity; that God has commanded them to live a socially conservative lifestyle; and that God has commanded them to claim dominion over the public sphere so that the world will belong to Jesus upon his immanent return.

These people played a major role in bringing Bush to power. These are also the people who are for the most part winning in their war against gay marriage and threatening to make advances in their war against any degree of reproductive choice for women. They have quite openly and quite literally declared war on Secular Humanism and anything resembling it, and they have the backing of a good number of wealthy social conservatives plus a large base of poorer “grassroots” social conservatives.

The Secular Humanists are the group who I most identify with. Personally, I’m not secular at all; in fact, I’m a Wiccan Priest. But I do believe that public institutions should adopt principles and practices somewhat along the lines of secular humanist thinking. Therefore, I consider myself an ally of this movement.

The Secular Humanists believe in critical rational and empirical thinking; individual rights and the pursuit of personal and social fulfillment; embracing this life rather than anything that may or may not exist before or after it; ethical systems that are intended to improve the human condition; and the idea that the human condition can, in fact, be improved by individual and group choices.

These are the people who fight for human rights, social justice, environmental justice, and the separation of Church and State rather than their union.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Economic Elites. This is the numerically smallest movement, but arguably the most politically powerful due to their vast amounts of privately held wealth and positions of economic and political authority.

Some of them, perhaps even a majority of them, fancy themselves to be the entrepreneurial engineers of a bright new future for the rest of humanity. These men (and most ARE men) seek to create a New World Order in which a small number of intelligent, educated, monied elites set social and economic policy for the otherwise bumbling masses.

Of course, in order to make an omelette, you’ve got to break a few eggs. Or perhaps a few thousand. Or perhaps a few MILLION. But in the end, the important thing is that you’ve created a New World Order, right? And if you happen to get filthy rich along the way… well, that’s just your burden to bear.

If this were all a fanciful work of fiction, I’m sure I’d find it quite entertaining to watch these three factions duke it out in their respective quests for empire. Sadly, though, this is not a work of fiction — and the lives at stake are real.

If we don’t act now — and quickly — our collective inaction may result in the death and suffering of millions in our name. Perhaps worst of all, the fabric of life as we know it may be torn asunder by the ravages of climate change, peak oil, deforestation, pollution, and perpetual war. It’s hard to wrap our tiny monkey-sized minds around the fact that our actions may eventually result in the death of most megaflora and megafauna on this planet… but at the rate we’re going, it’s a realistic possibility.

So, what do we do?

Personally, I’d like to wash my hands of the whole ugly mess. I’d like to forget about any thoughts of “epic adventure” and run away to hide somewhere far away from all of it.

But there’s really nowhere to hide, is there? And even if there were, could I ever be happy there knowing that I had done nothing in the face of such madness?

Given the possible consequences of inaction, I feel drawn to do SOMETHING. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

As I see it, the key to success here is for each of us to take creative, direct, productive actions which serve to advance both our personal empowerment and the advancement of our worldview. In this way, our success as individuals and communities becomes mingled with the success of principles and practices that we believe will make the world a better place. Over time, our greater successes will allow us to form a more specific and comprehensive group strategy for creating ever-greater amounts of freedom and social cooperation and ecological health and integrity.

When I think of the problem in broad, impersonal, external terms of warring worldviews, heartless elites, billions of lives beings shuffled about like so many pawns on a chessboard, it all seems to overwhelming. But when I think of it in specific, personal, internal terms of actions I can take to improve my lot in life while also advancing a good cause, it all becomes clear. That frenzied restlessness transforms into an urgent laser-like focus, and I do what I can to change the world.

Of course, it’s extremely unlikely that the actions of any one lone individual will decide the fate of the entire culture war. But through our combined efforts, we have the power to change the course of history for the better.

Ever since I lost my job in April, I’ve been searching for ways to transform this time in my life from a crisis into an opportunity. After a month or two of job-searching and soul-searching, it’s finally starting to take shape.

It’s going to take time and effort, but it’s starting to look like I may in fact be able to make a living while serving my community and my planet. I can teach environmental and spiritual workshops; I can do web design for a renewable energy company; I can work on getting more of my writing published and establishing myself in Southern Illinois and beyond as an author and public speaker. All of these projects can earn me some amount of income, and all of these projects can in their own small way advance the cause of social justice and ecological health.

The long-term details aren’t clear yet, but this is a good start. If I can pull this off, I’ll have made the quantum leap from the life of a wage slave to a life of self-employment. Even if this leaves me in the poor house for a while, it could be the start of many new adventures in social and ecological advocacy and activism.

So, that’s what I plan on doing. How about you? If you’ve read this far, we probably share at least some values in common and have some common goals that we can work towards together. Therefore, I’d be happy to hear how your adventure is going, and what your plans are for the future.

Together, we can make the world a better place.

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New Career Options

In light of my recent loss of a job in retail, I’ve been looking more carefully into new and perhaps more rewarding career options. It will take time to develop these options, so I may end up working another part-time retail job if I can find one in the depressed Southern Illinois economy. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of the possibilities with you and see what you think.

First of all, there’s my writing. So far, I’ve published one work of full-length non-fiction, two books of poetry, and several poems and articles in various local and non-local publications. I also have two or three unfinished novels, two unpublished short stories, several unpublished poems, and plenty of ideas and leads for future work.

As an independent author without an agent or a publishing contract, I’m responsible for doing all of my own publicity and self-promotion in order to make these and any future works known to the general public. It’s up to me to contact book stores, magazines, web sites, news outlets, and so on to get these works distributed and announced/promoted in as many places as possible.

However, as mentioned earlier, I’ve been suffering from the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for the past several years. The symptoms are improving, especially now that I’m no longer doing any manual labor, and I hope for a full recovery from any such symptoms sometime this summer. But before my recent resurgence in health, I was barely able to work my retail job, much less do any professional writing, much less promote my own writing. So, for the past couple of years, my writing career has languished.

I’m hoping to use my recent change in employment status as an opportunity to remedy this situation.

As I make the decision to spend time on my writing, I can already hear some of the nay-sayers saying their nays. Writing is a difficult business to break into, and even some of the famous authors I look up to have spent long periods of their life in relative poverty or stuck in some other dead-end job to support their true career.

I get this. Believe me, I get this. But there’s precious little else available in Southern Illinois anyway, so why not give it a try? Given the low cost of living here, I can get by on a lot less than someone living in New York City or Chicago or Los Angeles who is submitting stories and articles and poems to the same magazines and publishers as I am.

If I can just get a few short stories published, and publish one or two new books with similar or greater sales to Revolution of One, then that will be enough to get my foot in the door, make a name for myself beyond Southern Illinois, and get enough seed money to move on to bigger and better things.

In the meantime, I’m going to be searching for part-time employment to supplement this income. If possible, though, I want this to be related to my chosen line of work and areas of interest.

For example, I will probably be teaching one or more classes at the Country Goddess bookstore here in Carbondale. They’re holding a series of classes this spring in their newly remodeled storefront, and it’s been a while since I taught a class or workshop, so I’d like to get back into the action.

I will also be looking into teaching a class or two at John A. Logan College this summer or fall. My Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy probably isn’t enough to become an established teacher there just yet. But I’ve known two or three people who have done Continuing Education courses at Logan and I find the idea appealing. This is something I’ve been considering for almost a year now, but I wanted to be sure that I would have the time and energy to give to my students before jumping into teaching at the community college level.

I’ve got the time and energy now, eh?

In the long-term, I’ve long wanted to pursue the idea of traveling throughout the Midwest and beyond to give talks and lead workshops on the ecological, social, and spiritual issues of our time. I organized several such events here in Carbondale a few years ago and gave book talks for Revolution of One at a bookstore in Bloomington, Indiana and at the nearby Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary. So, this is something I definitely have experience in and could expand on in the future.

Finally, as some of you know, I’m involved in a project to start a Pagan Monastery here in Southern Illinois. I’ve been meeting with a few people to talk about the details of this community project for the past several weeks, and it’s look promising for the fairly near future. In the short term, the projects we undertake as a community will probably be small and simple enough that they won’t have an immediate impact on my economic life. But in the long-term, we would ideally offer ecological and spiritual workshops, grow ecological and permacultural foods, create a green community center and living spaces, etc. And depending on how exactly we go about all of that, it might change my entire life.

That is, in fact, part of the idea.

So, I have a lot of prospects on the horizon. Unfortunately, most of those are unlikely to help me in the short term. Therefore, the search for stopgap measures and part-time income continues.

In the meantime, feel free to consider this your golden opportunity to read my published works if you haven’t done so already. 🙂

Here in Southern Illinois, Revolution of One is still available for sale at the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery and will soon be available at the Country Goddess. These are both good locally-owned businesses, and I encourage you to support them if you live here in the region. If you don’t see it on the shelf at either place, ask them when they expect it to be back in so that they will know that people are interested in it.

If you’re an Amazon junkie, you can find Revolution of One quite easily by searching for my name or the title. To save you the trouble, though, here’s the direct link:


Amazon takes out a bigger chunk of the proceeds than the local businesses do. But if you live outside of Southern Illinois, prefer Amazon, want to add a review, don’t have an independent bookstore in your community, etc., then Amazon is still a good option.

You can also find this and several of my other published works at my online storefront:


Being an independent author has its down sides, but one of the up sides is that most of the net profit from my work (after printing and shipping costs) goes directly to me. When my royalties from online and out-of-town book sales cross a certain threshhold, I get a check in the mail. And when you support local businesses by buying one of my books, I get cash or check directly from the business in question.

Either way, your purchase will support me in my current and future work to raise awareness about — and call for action on — the ecological, social, and spiritual issues of our time. And with any luck, reading Revolution of One will help you to find your own ways to do the same!

Thank you to everyone who has expressed concern, support, encouragement, and love over the course of the past week. Once I have any news on the income and career front, I’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, I’m in good spirits, I’m grateful for what I have, and I’m looking forward to embarking on a new adventure!

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Will Battle Evil For Food

Will Battle Evil For Food: This is a comic that I found at a co-worker's desk at the Co-op. At this point, I'd almost consider it an autobiography... :) For the past four and a half years, I’ve been working at the Neighborhood Co-op Grocery. Now, this chapter of my life is over. When I went in to work today, one of my managers informed me that they’re letting me go.

I suppose most people would be angry, bitter, depressed, or similarly upset in my situation. And to be sure, the news was a shock to me, and I’m still upset about it in my own way. But it wasn’t a surprise per se, and so far I’m feeling much better about it than I would have imagined.

I have a few ideas about where to go from here. But first, here’s some of the back story.

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog and elsewhere, I’ve been struggling with symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for several years now. I didn’t have access to medical care for long enough to get an official diagnosis for this, especially since CFS has only become widely recognized and understood in the past several years. But my doctor did give me some supplements to help improve my energy levels and the health of my adrenal glands. She also gave me some advice on how to improve my symptoms and correct some of my resulting mineral imbalances such as low sodium levels. [It’s not every day that your doctor advises you to eat eggs and salt, eh?]

It’s hard to be entirely sure when this started. From adolescence until about my mid-twenties, I suffered from prolonged bouts of anxiety and depression. These are sometimes associated with CFS, but it’s hard to tell which came first. In my mid-twenties, I started becoming a happier and more well-adjusted person, and my energy levels started to pick up too. But then I must have pushed myself too hard too quickly, or come across some other stumbling block, because my physical energy levels took a sharp dive a few years ago.

I don’t like to complain. Really, I would rather just push along stubbornly with whatever task I’m doing and ignore any pain or discomfort along the way. But I found myself experiencing a profound exhaustion that’s hard to even describe. Resting all day and sleeping eight hours each night did little if anything to alleviate this. No matter how I tried to rest or recuperate, I felt very low energy and felt the sorts of aches and pains in my body that most people only feel when they have the flu or when they’ve been working ten or twelve hours of hard manual labor. When I wasn’t doing anything, it wasn’t that bad — but when I tried to work, it was like every one hour of labor cost me two or three hours worth of energy, and I just couldn’t catch back up.

For a while there, it was a struggle even to work a twenty-hour work week. Over time, I’ve gradually improved to the point where I can pull off a thirty-hour work week. But apparently, I wasn’t quite pulling off thirty hours worth of work, because I received complaints about my performance.

The only thing I find frustrating about the timing of this firing is that I really feel like I was starting to make some headway. I feel like my productivity was on the upswing, and I believe that I had worked my way back up to the point of mediocre performance.

But sometimes mediocre isn’t good enough, especially after a prolonged period of poor performance. If other people are giving the job 110%, and I’m getting paid more money to get less done than they are, it becomes a fairness issue. I can see why they would find that frustrating, especially if they didn’t know about my condition.

Really, what it comes down to is that the Co-op is there to serve the customers and owners, and to operate as a viable business. I wasn’t meeting their needs in terms of performance — and as much as they might strive to be at times, they are not a charity or a social services organization. So, they let me go.

I don’t know if the troubled economy, or any other internal or external factor, played a role in the decision. If so, they didn’t mention it. Either way, even though I wish on some level that they’d chosen differently, I can understand where they’re coming from, and have no hard feelings about it. And they don’t seem to either.

So… what next?

Really, that’s a good question. The Southern Illinois economy is even less favorable than the national economy, and opportunities outside of retail work are few and far between. In the short term, I’m going to look into unemployment, food stamps, etc., while I figure out where to go from here. In the long term, though, I still don’t know. It did just happen a few hours ago, after all.

So far, I’m mentally sorting my ideas into two categories. The first category is Full Time Jobs — employment opportunities that have the potential to pay all of my living expenses through a single source of income. The second category is Part Time Jobs, which includes both “regular” jobs and forms of self-employment such as selling books/articles, teaching classes, and so on. With two or three such options, I could patch together the equivalent of a full time income.

This time in my life is likely to be full of challenges. It will probably take me time to find one or more new sources of income. In the meantime, I’ll have to rely on some combination of social services and the kindness of friends and loved ones just to meet my basic living expenses.

But really, I have high hopes for the future. I’m intelligent, creative, passionate, knowledgeable and skilled in my chosen areas of expertise, feeling an upswing in my energy levels, and surrounded by many wonderful friends and loved ones who will help me find a way. If all goes well, in the long run I’ll end up better off than I was before losing my job. And in the meantime, even with the scramble to search to employment, I’ll probably get more rest physically over the next few weeks than I’ve had in a very long time.

So, it’s with a mixture of trepidation and anticipation that I step into a world beyond retail work. The stakes are high, and even with my meager expenses, I’ll have to act quickly in order to avoid a rapid downward spiral into debt and worse. But with every crisis comes an opportunity — and today, I have the opportunity to search for new ways of supporting myself which are more in line with what I’d like to be doing to survive and thrive in this world.

Any thoughts, suggestions, and support you may have for me in this time of transition is greatly appreciated. In the meantime, know that I am doing well, and that I am surrounded by loving friends for whose support I am eternally grateful.

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My name is Treesong. I'm a father, author, talk radio host, and Real Life Superhero. I live in Carbondale, Southern Illinois. I write novels, short stories, and poetry, mostly about the climate.

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