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E rosophy
A narchy
C reativity
B ardistry
Seeking the truth …
Finding the wisdom …
Understanding the way …
Inventing the path …
Telling the story …
We are Ocean Ecology, Sea Storm Designs, and Seawolf Publishing, among other things …
E rosophy  – n. the interested, passionate, embodied love of wisdom
E cology  – n. the study of the relations between living organisms and their environment
I ngenuity  – n. the power of creative imagination
S agacity  – n. the quality of being wise or having good judgment
For anyone who has ever gazed with child-like wonder into a tidepool:
“There are good things to see in tidepools and there are exciting and interesting thoughts to be generated from the seeing. Every new eye applied to the peep hole which looks out at the world may fish in some new beauty and some new pattern, and the world of the human mind must be enriched by such fishing.”
John Steinbeck, in the forward from Between Pacific Tides


Observing our environment …

Oceanographic
Research

Community-based independent scientific research in biology, chemistry, and oceanography using low-cost, appropriate technology to gather detailed information about the marine environment.

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A narchy  – n. a state in which people are free equals with no domination, oppression, central authority, or law
P hilosophy  – n. the study of the nature of existence, knowledge, thought, and ethics


“The duty of the individual is to accept no rule, to be the initiator of his own acts, to be responsible. Only if he does so will the society live, and change, and adapt, and survive.”

Ursula K. Le Guin from The Dispossessed

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Anarchism has but one infallible, unchangeable motto, ‘Freedom.’ Freedom to discover any truth, freedom to develop, to live naturally and fully.”
Lucy Parsons from Freedom, Equality & Solidarity – Writings & Speeches, 1878-1937

“I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality.”
Ursula K. Le Guin

Seeking simplicity …

Homesteading
in Port Neville

Living sustainably in harmony with nature and our world views through self-sufficiency, responsibility, intentionality, and mindfulness.

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Living sustainably …

Permaculture

Transitioning away from a dependency on non-renewable energy sources and environmentally destructive resource extraction towards a more self-sufficient, sustainable existence living in harmony with our environment.

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C reativity  – n. the act of turning original and imaginative ideas into reality
E piphany  – n. a sudden and profound understanding or inspiration; Awen
I magery  – n. the ability to form mental images of things or events
A rtistry  – n. creative skill, ability, or imagination


“I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.”

William Butler Yeats from The Song of Wandering Aengus

“The well of Segais is surrounded by the nine hazels of inspiration. The hazelnuts ripen and fall into the pool, where the salmon eats them. She cracks their shells, which stain the waters of the well purple. The empty shells float off down the five streams that flow from the well to give poetic inspiration – what druids call Awen. The five streams are the five senses through which humans perceive the world.”
From Cormac’s adventure in the Land of Promise as described by Alferian Gwydion MacLir

Seeing the beauty …

Photography

Letting nature fill our hearts with wonder.

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Feeling the Awen …

Artwork

Responding to the fire in our heads, bringing our imagination to life.

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B ardistry  – n. the creation and telling of stories
S tory  – n. a narrative, true or fictitious, prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the audience
M ythography  – n. the creation or collection of myths in artistic form
F antasy  – n. imagination unrestricted by reality


“A story rises from the springs of creation, from the pure will to be; it tells itself; I takes its own course, finds its own way, its own words; and the writer’s job is to be its medium.”

Ursula K. Le Guin



“Fantasy is probably the oldest literary device for talking about reality.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

“See me as the Sun on the mountaintop,
Feel me in the power of the seas.
Hear me in the laughter of the stream,
Power of nature, power of the trees.
Hear me in the howling of the wolf,
My voice is the song of the Bards,
I am the power that helps the salmon leap,
I am the very first breath of a child.
I am the wild, and I am the tame,
I am the calm and I am the storm.
I am the sound of your beating heart,
I am your blood and I am your bone.”

Damh the Bard from The Song of Awen

Creating an alternative reality …

Science
Fiction

Philosophizing about ways to change the universe while visualizing imaginative locales and creating exciting adventures.

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Telling the story of our lives, our work …

Nonfiction

Objective scientific reporting, advocacy and commentary, and autobiographical reflections … each reveals a window into the soul of the author.

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