By logic and reason we die hourly. By imagination we live.
–William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
A sunny room isn’t about always being upbeat, energized, or falsely positive. Rather, it’s about exploring topics that take us beyond the contentious
nature of the world — the noticeable penchant for conflict, negativity, acrimony, controversy, and drama.
There is more to life than surface distractions … right?
I’m a publisher, an editor, an author, and a poet.
More importantly, by choice, I’m a lifelong student of society and culture.
- 2017: my book of poetry, Ancients of the Earth: Poems of Time, captured the tedious, yet compelling, nature of time. More about this release on my Books page.
- 2015: my memoir of loss is a deep dive into the spiritual wilderness of life … so it’s best to be wanting to do just that when you tackle The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone. More about this title on my Books page.
- 2014: my nonfiction title, Always Returning: The Wisdom of Place, was a merger of my literary instincts and a strong desire to discern and articulate the wisdom that lives within each of us when we nurture a deeper awareness of all that surrounds us. In searching for the organic wisdom of place and people, I returned to my magnetic prairie roots. Prairie wisdom, actually, life wisdom, isn’t exclusive to the prairie; the universal story is how to draw wisdom from your surroundings regardless of “place.” For me, I studied a familiar landscape, one that represented a mesmerizing canvas comprised of challenge, adventure and, yes, hardship. From a spiritual perspective, the open space of sky and land invite contemplation. Whitman and Thoreau told us about such things many years ago, so it was especially meaningful to revisit ideas and concepts that are indeed timeless. My spiritual roots were forged by a people, a place, that has something of importance for everyone. It’s merely a matter of seeing beyond the obvious. Surface impressions (superficial understanding) are limited, and limiting. I’ve long been a student of society and culture. While studying sociology in graduate school, but also in terms of being naturally observant and attentive. Group functioning, collective mindsets, and so on, are extremely influential, but too often we fail to see the bigger picture. More about this title on my Books page.
- Always Returning was a 15th anniversary edition of my first book: Where the Heart Resides: Timeless Wisdom of the American Prairie (William Morrow, ’99).
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot,
others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
~ Pablo Picasso
“An ever present force, the prairie reminds and focuses us: It tells its story each day; it acts as a constant companion, one experienced in matters of the heart; it effectively bridges the gap between past and present and future, fusing them into a splendid whole. A quilt of many colors, a swirling design representing a gorgeous piece of art.”
Where the Heart Resides: Timeless Wisdom of the American Prairie
by Daisy Hickman (William Morrow /Eagle Brook imprint)
Original book photography (1999 edition) by Bob H. Miller
No one lights a lamp in order to hide it behind the door:
the purpose of light is to create more light, to open people’s eyes, to reveal the marvels around.
~ Paulo Coelho