This blog is devoted to the interfaith wisdom and spiritual practices derived from the ancient religions and philosophies of the Mediterranean. The perspective is that of a Unitarian Universalist psychotherapist, psychiatrist, and intern minister. I use the Mediterranean as a root metaphor of cosmopolitan ethics, spirituality and values.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Islands are more than bodies of land surrounded by water. Any place that is geographically isolated may function like an island with retention of culture brought by immigrants for a long period of time. I am vacationing in Arcata, California for a couple weeks. Arcata is a progressive city in Northern California near the coast. It has retained an environmental consciousness for over forty years. This morning I walked to the nearby Arcata marshlands. Lovely! The lagoons are ensconced in verdant bushes so removed from the city that I felt transported to another land. Arcata is a city in sympathy with nature.