My previous post from today is a piece of poetry by Terry Tempest Williams. I realized after reading a comment from Weaver of Grass that I had not provided any information about this amazing woman, environmentalist, activist and writer. So I have 'borrowed' information about her from Wikipedia and Amazon.com. The first book I read of hers was "Refuge", and I was hooked. Do check out her work - it is always timely, brilliant and beautiful.
"Terry Tempest Williams (born September 8, 1955), is an American author, naturalist, and environmental activist. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, the desert landscape she was raised in has significantly influenced her writing, much of which concerns or is set in the deserts of the American West.
Her works touch on a variety of issues, including issues of ecology and natural preservation, feminism, health/cancer issues, and the Mormon culture. As an activist, she has done everything from serving time in jail for civil disobedience to testifying before Congress on women’s health issues." (Wikipedia)
Review of Williams' latest book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World:
Product Description of Finding Beauty in a Broken World:
Williams begins in Ravenna, Italy, where “jeweled ceilings became lavish tales” through the art of mosaic. She discovers that mosaic is not just an art form but a form of integration, and when she returns to the American Southwest, her physical and spiritual home, and observes a clan of prairie dogs on the brink of extinction, she apprehends an ecological mosaic created by a remarkable species in the sagebrush steppes of the Colorado Plateau. And, finally, Williams travels to a small village in Rwanda, where, along with fellow artists, she joins survivors of the 1994 genocide and builds a memorial literally from the rubble of war, an act that becomes a spark for social change and healing.