Synopses & Reviews
Finalist in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award Home-Garden Category!
As the authors explore the enduring wisdom and spiritual growth that gardening nurtures, they introduce us to a host of gardeners who have learned nature's lessons. The result is a powerful reflection on the holiness of a mindful relationship with the natural world, a book from which both the seasoned gardener and the dewy novice will draw inspiration.
"This delightful book nourishes the deep soul-seeds within us all. Whether you are already a gardener or not yet a gardener; here is a rejuvenating invitation to become involved in the natural healing spirituality that comes from honoring the rhythms of planet and of person."
--Ted Falcon, PH.D., Rabbi of Bet Alef Meditational Synagogue in Seattle and author of A Journey of Awakening
"So many books detail the craft of gardening; this one reveals the soul of gardening. It is a valuable addition to any gardener's bookshelf."
--Bill Thomas, M.D., Founder, The Eden Alternative
The resources here will guide you along a pathway of self-assessment, discovery, and fulfillment.
Enlightened interviews with gardeners explore the idea of the garden as a sanctuary for contemplation, restoration, healing, and spiritual growth.
About the Author
Richard Mahler is an independent photojournalist, author, radio producer, editor, and teacher specializing in media, arts, travel, politics, personal transformation, and the environment, as well as Native American and Latino affairs. His newspaper column, Un Poco de Todo, appears biweekly in the Albuquerque Journal. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he travels widely.Since 1978, Mahler has contributed to the programs of National Public Radio and Calendar pages of the Los Angeles Times. He has written dozens of articles for the latter and was TV critic for NPR's Morning Edition from 1986-89. His by-line has also appeared in scores of magazines, including Outside, Ms., Columbia Journalism Review, Writer's Digest, New West, Whole Earth Review, LA Style, New Age, Americas, Angeles, Great Expeditions, New Mexico, Seven Days, Inquiring Mind, and Mother Jones. His newspaper credits include the Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, LA Weekly, Chicago Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle. Mahler's work has been distributed by the AP, Pacific News Service, Crain News Service, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, American Library Association, and College Press Service. His programs have aired on CBS, Pacifica, Public Radio Intl., Radio Bilingüe, Voice of America, and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The Society of American Travel Writers, PEN (international writers' organization), and Radio/TV News Directors Assn. have honored his work with various awards. He has worked as an editor for Indian Artist magazine and John Muir Publications, among others.Mahler is author (with Connie Goldman) of Secrets of Becoming a Late Bloomer; (with Riki Stevens) Plane Truth: The Health and Safety Hazards of Flying, Belize: Adventures in Nature, Guatemala: Adventures in Nature, New Mexico's Best, and Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit: The Healing Gifts of Gardening, which has been named a finalist in the Home-Garden category of ForeWord Magazine's 2000 Book of the Year Awards. He is currently writing a book about the importance of silence and solitude in daily life.From 1979-80, Mahler was news director of Pacifica's KPFK Los Angeles and held similar positions at other stations. In Los Angeles, he produced programs for KLON, KUSC, KCRW and KXLU, as well as the Southwest Museum. In 1973, Mahler was a founder of the nation's first bilingual public radio outlet, KBBF-FM in Santa Rosa, California. He learned Spanish at Ecuador's La Academia de Español in Ecuador and Santa Fe's Instituto Cervantes.Mahler has taught media courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A. Journalism & Mass Communications), Loyola Marymount University, Long Beach City College and Santa Fe Community College. He earned a B.A. With Honors in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University. The founding president of nonprofit RadioWest, Mahler was from 1990-93 a board member of the Association of Independent Radio Producers and editor of its magazine, AIRSPACE. From 1994 to 1999 he was president of The Food Brigade, a food rescue organization serving the homeless and hungry of Santa Fe.Connie Goldman is the former weekend host for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and later became NPR's arts reporter. These days she is an independent public radio producer, writer, and sought after public speaker. She is also the co-editor of The Ageless Spirit, and co-wrote Tending The earth, Mending The Spirit, which has been named a finalist in the Home-Garden category of ForeWord Magazine's 2000 Book of the Year Awards. Her mission is to produce, write and talk about positive images of aging.