Beauty & Love Publishing Debut!

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A celebration of traditional culture. Each book features a different aspect of biocultural diversity. These books are only available through direct order on this website (the prices include $3 for shipping via USPS Media Mail) or – if they haven’t sold out yet! – at select bookstores in Mendocino, Sonoma, and Lake Counties.

Waterdog & the Love Charm, a delightfully mischievous tale told by Dry Creek Pomo Elizabeth “Belle” Lozinto Cordova Dollar (and edited by her great-niece Sherri Smith-Ferri) illustrates the close ties between nature and culture.

In Pomo Cradle Baskets: An Introduction, Redwood Valley Pomo master weaver Corine Pearce describes the history, wild-crafting, distinct styles and contemporary use of traditional cradle baskets.

The Beadwork of Stewart Wilburn commemorates fifty years of stunning artistry by a renowned Wailaki/Tolowa/Pomo/Wintu elder whose work honors and represents the people and wildlife of Northern California.

 

Waterdog & the Love Charm

A 72-page, full-color storybook.

$19.00

 

Pomo Cradle Baskets: An Introduction

A 32-page, full color manual.

$25.00

 

The Beadwork of Stewart Wilburn

A full-color, 24-page photo essay.

$18.00

Author events can be scheduled by contacting Dr. Jeanine Pfeiffer.

 

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A Little Bit About Me

IMG_4852I began living in beauty three years ago.

In truth, I began living in beautiful locales in 2009, when I moved to Mendocino county and rotated through remote coastal and inland settings. Depending on where I set up my household, my backyard contained whales, seals, sea or mountain lions, bobcats, bears, coyote, fox, deer, and several hundred other mammalian, avian, amphibian, and reptilian species – never mind the tremendous diversity of plant life.

Yet living in a beautiful locale does not equal living in beauty. (Especially when your landlords or housemates or neighbors are unhappy creatures.)

It took mold, a house fire, a water deficit, and a funereal atmosphere (four different dwellings, four distinctly intractable issues) to bring me to the point where I said enough. No more of this. Nada mas. I wanted More Better, and I wanted it on my own terms.

But how to afford my own place on a part-time university lecturer’s salary? The solution I engineered, and the means by which I became a homeowner living in a converted bus where I wake up happy every day, is a story I’d like to share. Because I’m guessing there are many others who find themselves stuck in Less-Than situations.

To me, living in beauty means being able to see untamed nature out of every window. It means breathing in the sweet tang of unpolluted air, and of hearing mostly quiet punctuated with bird calls, ocean waves, or both. It means being content with my choices and living in close alignment with my deeply held principles.

Living in beauty implies creating a space ample enough to grow our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual sides: whether that is expressed in craftsmanship, gardening, music, community meals, or other inspirational endeavors.

Living in love means that I treat each week as if it were my last week on earth: and prioritize what I do accordingly. When the most important things are always at the top of my list, I don’t feel like I’m wasting time anymore. Because I’ve been doing this for many decades now, I’ve completed several versions of my “bucket list” – and yet, there is always something else, something good, to be done.

Yes, Living in Beauty & Love is an ongoing endeavor: I’m not done yet. But the joy factor is going up, with every act of beauty, and of love, that we are blessed to carry out.

 

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Choices

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The best way to lose choices is to think we don’t have any, or convince ourselves we don’t have enough.

Every day we make thousands of choices.

Ergo, by the time we’ve hit puberty, we’ve already made millions upon millions of choices. By middle age, it’s billions.

(Didn’t realize we were all billionaires, huh?)

So. Going forward, how are we going to choose, each day, to spend our millions upon millions?

 

Loving Life

Whenever one of the rangers at the park hosting the Champion (my tiny-home-in-a-converted-bus) is asked how he’s doing, he replies, “as long as I’m above ground, it’s a good day.”

Well. OK, and. As much as we might appreciate that sentiment, can’t we raise the bar a little higher?

Years ago when I experimented with an online dating site, my byline was “I wake up happy.

When I realized this Waking Up Happy thing was occuring, I was pleasantly surprised. Yet I didn’t take it for granted, because I suffer from chronic low-level depression. This whole happiness thing is something I need to actively tend to, not take for granted.

Loving life can be our “automatic” setting.

To kick-start the concept we can use a little trick I learned many years ago. I call it a Happiness List – an inventory of things or actions that, added up, lean us towards happy.

For example, here’s a peek at part of my list:

  1. Reaching out to friends
  2. Being surrounded by greenery + wildlife
  3. Enough quiet time to read (or journal, or write)
  4. Hugs! More hugs!
  5. Home cooked meals
  6. Exercise! More exercise!
  7. Artwork (mine or someone else’s)
  8. Music (listening or practicing my harp)

I could go on – I think you get the picture. Isn’t it interesting that nothing on my Happiness List involves money, material goods, or electronic devices?

Hmmmmmmmm.

What’s on your Happiness List? Wanna share?

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