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An Emerging Sea-Change to an Oceanic Way of Being

A Consideration of Philip and Alex Fradkin’s The Left Coast:  California on the Edge   Originally published 1 June 2014 “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.”  Saint Augustine “Roll on, deep and dark blue ocean, roll.  Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain.  Man marks the earth with ruin, but his control stops with the shore.”  Lord Byron Philip L. Fradkin’s The Left Coast:  California on the Edge, (2011, University of California Press, 126 pages, index, color photographs, paperback, $36.95) with photography...

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Finding Harmony with the Universe: Working on the Railroad, Walking in Beauty

  Working on the Railroad, Walking in Beauty:  Navajos, Hózhǫ’, and Track Work by Jay Youngdahl, 2011, Utah State University Press, Logan, Utah 84322-3078,   A vast richness of experience is lost in the world view that believes there is nothing to know from primitive or natural cultures.  This book demonstrates many necessary truths about how humans cope with existence, and sometimes—rarely—find a way to ascend towards beauty despite extreme physical and psychological hardship. This is a book about Navajo railroad workers and their attempts to hold onto the important way of life, the Navajo way, of “walking in beauty.”    It may be not readily assumed that a book about railroad workers could reveal something every human would benefit to know....

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