Earth Day. Life Day. This day calls up in me a day of remembering what has come to me in my own biography. As "I" stand here on the Earth today, I know that it is through a long story that I have gotten this far on my journey because of the embrace of the Earth. I also know that is through the deep mentoring of others and the way that they have walked here before, beside and with me that I carry a rich history of creativity, beauty, love, activism, making and spirituality that has supported and held me through the years. Each of the individuals pictured above has touched me in profound ways. I have met all of them in one way or another beginning from a young girl...continuing on through my days. Most of them I met very early on. They have mentored me in person or acquaintance. A few have shown me a way through books and dreams and awakenings. I strive to embody a part of each of these mentors and archetypes. I have lived with some of these people. I have embraced music and radical beliefs that have challenged the status quo that many of these people embody. I have eaten bread with some and watched big ovens flare that left an impression on me that is perhaps among my most favorite memories. Meeting one couple when I was just 18 and seeing them through the years. Gardeners and plant wisdom people that find nothing as satisfying as being with the flowers and the beauty of their own beautiful gardens. One woman created a garden of spiritual proportions that lives with me still, after a visit in the 70's. But, then again each experience and person that we meet lives with us in some way. Some of them wrote books that I began carrying around in my backpack at the tender age of just 13 and their words are still shaping me. Each of the women were strong, independent, wise and resourceful...finding them as a young girl created the beginning of the life I travel. One man carries the passion and love of story in him that I saw in full puppet color at age 17 and have been travelling to see ever since. A tender young girl that never fit into this world, I carry her in my heart...that fragile tend part of me, of us, of the earth, the cosmos that sings out if only...and when only...we will listen. One woman shaped me when I met her at age 18 when we both arrived together at a weaving school in Vermont. Her example of following a life devotedly lives in me each day. Music and story, puppets and flowers, bread and activism, nature and birth, farming and spirit, craft and creativity...these are the things that a life is made of. This is what these mentors gave and continue to give to me every day. I honor them especially today...a day when the Earth is being honored with perhaps pieces of the best of what we have to offer might shine through. It is through their stories and beautiful art and the deep humanness that each has brought and continues to bring in an archetypal view of the world to me, that enriches me. That "makes" me. Who in your life has shaped you in a way that you continue to honor while you walk upon the earth? What is it you are longing for while you are here....?