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Living in the Nature Poem Goodreads Giveaway

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Living in the Nature Poem Goodreads Giveaway

Now through January 31, 2015, we’re running a giveaway on Goodreads for a copy of Living in the Nature Poem by Mary Harwell Sayler! Living in the Nature Poem connects us to ourselves, each other, and the earth. As an important part of our own environments, we’re also part of the complexities of nature, including human nature and those odd thoughts and moments that bring humor, wonder, perplexity, and prayer. If you don’t want to bother with the contest or find that you don’t win, come over to our bookstore where we are offering the paperback for only $11.96—20% off the list price! Visit our bookstore» Goodreads Book Giveaway Living in the Nature Poem by Mary Harwell Sayler Giveaway ends January 31, 2015. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win...

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Line in a Book | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News | 0 comments

Line in a Book | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Enjoy a selection from Jamie K. Reaser’s latest collection Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out. In this simplicity reside the profound truths that Nature and human nature have to offer those who have the courage to sit still and get quiet enough to listen. Place your chair in front of a warm fire and take Winter: Reflections by Snowlight into your hands. Winter is now available on Amazon, B&N and right here in our bookstore. ~ Line in a Book   “If a man knew what a woman never forgets, he would love her differently.” I’ve been reading books by candlelight. One sentence has caused me to pause, and to repeat throughout the night. It has been following me during the day. It’s there again when I strike the next match. “If a man knew what a woman never forgets, he would love her differently.” I’m a woman who hasn’t forgotten. Last night, as the chimes outside my bedroom window danced and sang, I asked: “How’s a man to know, if a woman never says?” I’m a woman who hasn’t forgotten. I’m a woman who hasn’t said as much as I remember. And there it is: The oath of silence that women took when they stopped being birds. I cried. I want to be a bird again.       Advance Praise for Winter “Jamie K. Reaser’s latest work is a love poem to the season of darkness, part of her broader mission to help us re-​​member who we are—embedded in the dark and dirty processes of the earth—and to help bring about that deep and important work of recognizing that there are no sacred or profane places or times, only stories we can tell that allow us to remember—or obscure—the sacredness of all. The coldness and darkness of winter is her muse, and her poetry can be ours in a time of darkness as well.” —Theodore Richards, author of The Crucifixion, Creatively Maladjusted, and The Conversions “Winter is a time for reflection, rest, and regeneration. Jamie K. Reaser shares the magic of this season of life, as well as the harshness that this time can bring. Settle back into the beautiful and potent poetry in Winter: Reflections by Snowlight and absorb the deep wisdom shared.” —Sandra Ingerman, Award-​​winning author of eight books, including Soul Retrieval “Winter is written in the ‘language of all things.’ It is a snow-​​lit illumination of consciousness. With stillness at the center, the collection invites us to ‘go inside’ to an interior of the spirit, which can manifest in juncos, cedars, reindeer games, and simple offerings. In Winter, we find interrelatedness, a communion with the natural world.” —Gwendolyn Morgan, author of Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea “My inner-​​world has been deeply touched and impacted by Jamie’s poetry. It opened me to something incredibly beautiful– something new within myself and how I experience the world. “Winter” explores both the dark and the light–always with love, gratitude and appreciation for all that is – it is Nature – it is real. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!” –Byron Metcalf, Ph.D., Award-​​winning musician and creator of “The Shaman’s Heart: The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence” “Jamie K. Reaser’s poetry does not attempt to startle with exotic lands or obtuse language. Instead, she...

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Wild Life by Jamie K. Reaser Wins USA Book Award

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News | 0 comments

Wild Life by Jamie K. Reaser Wins USA Book Award

Wild Life: New and Selected Poems by Jamie K. Reaser has been named a Finalist in the USA Book Awards (Poetry Category)! Wild Life is both a celebration of wildlife and an exploration of the human animal. Ultimately, it is a testament to what becomes possible when we see ourselves as a part of, rather than apart from, the natural world. What can an owl, a salmon, or a bear teach us about becoming a better person? What if we re-​​claimed our animalness? What if we surrendered to the wild life? “What if..?” asks the poet. This edition features a foreword by Edward E. Clark Jr.,  President of the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Hiraeth Press will be donating $2.00/book to support the WCV’s environmental education and wildlife medicine programs! Look for Wild Life on Amazon, B&N, and in our e-​​store.   Advance Praise “Each morning, I treat myself to a poem by Jamie K. Reaser. Thoughtful, evocative, and welling up from a deeply sacred place, her words are my morning meditation, my morning prayer. Although Wild Life is bundled as a book of poetry, I know it to be what it truly is: Spiritual practice. Thank you, Jamie, for such a gift.” —Susan Chernak McElroy, author Animals as Teachers and Healers, Why Buffalo Dance “‘Hold your beliefs loosely, and always test them in the Light’ says Jamie K. Reaser in her lyrical book that serves as a Natura Scriptorum—the sacred gifts of nature translated into poetry. The light that she offers us is at the intersection of the natural world and our inner hunger for meaning. Keep this book of wisdom on your breakfast table and begin your day with Reaser’s elegant oracular lines.” —Carolyn Raffensperger, Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. Guardian of Future Generations. “I am taken back by the brilliance of Jamie K. Reaser’s poetry. She draws you into the wilds of the land and her heart and deep wisdom steps out to take you home every time. Her love of the natural world and weavings of spiritual truth are akin to Mary Oliver. Thank you, Jamie, for the superlative gift of your poetry.” —Mare Cromwell, award-​​winning author of Messages from Mother…. Earth Mother “In Wild Life, Jamie offers a wonderful cascade of stories, a flurry of images and imaginings, that each reconnect us to ourselves while weaving us boldly into the fragile and extravagant wildness of life. From the immensity of the bear to the morning quiver of hermit thrushes, Wild Life shares a wisdom of watching and learning in, and with, the wild.” —Sean Southey, Executive Director, PCI Media Impact “Jamie K. Reaser possesses an extraordinary kinship with all creatures wild and wondrous.  Through her exquisite poetry and writing, we are allowed privileged access into the natural world.  Once inside the awe that is nature, we sometimes face the very nature of ourselves.  Let Jamie be your tour guide in this wild realm and you shall be rewarded.” —Gary Tabor, Executive Director, Center for Large Landscape Conservation ~ Jamie K. Reaser has a deep fondness for the wild, intimate, and unnameable. She received a BS in Field Biology, with a minor in Studio Art, from the College of William and Mary and her doctorate in Biology from Stanford University. She has worked around the world as a biologist, international policy negotiator, environmental educator, and wilderness rites-​​of-​​passage guide. She is also a practitioner and teacher of eco-​​psychology, nature-​​based spirituality, and various approaches to expanding human consciousness, as well...

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Rolling Snowmen | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News, Previews | 0 comments

Rolling Snowmen | A Selection from Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Enjoy a selection from Jamie K. Reaser’s latest collection Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out. In this simplicity reside the profound truths that Nature and human nature have to offer those who have the courage to sit still and get quiet enough to listen. Place your chair in front of a warm fire and take Winter: Reflections by Snowlight into your hands. Winter is now available on Amazon, B&N and right here in our bookstore. ~ Rolling Snowmen   I can’t remember the last time I rolled a snowman. I would have been a young girl, wearing my hair in two long brown braids, and blissfully naïve to what was coming, ignorant of the fact that childhood can end so abruptly, and without warning, explanation, or apology. Had I been wiser, I would have cherished everything about that day: I’d be able to tell you the color of the sky, the rate of snow fall, the size of the flakes, the thickness of the pack, and if it were wet or a little too dry. Was it particularly cold?  Had my mother knitted my cap, or scarf? Was the snow still falling while I made him, or had it stopped? How big was he? Certainly, I used a carrot for the nose. Rocks for eyes?  Was he smiling? Did someone help? Younger sisters? The neighbor-​​kids? And, what did it all smell like? There were pines in the front yard – one very big. Is that where I learned that each species of pine has a different odor? Was I wrapped in a perfume of pine and snow and happiness? ** Now I’m going to show my age, and maybe some experience. I have chosen to apprentice to that which teaches me to cherish every moment: uncertainty wonderment gratitude. The sky is platinum. The snow is falling fast; a dizzying cascade of thick, wet flakes forming fluffy biceps on the boughs of the evergreens, which, yes, I can smell from the threshold of my open front door – made of solid mahogany. A male cardinal just called out. I want to be sure to acknowledge him - this crimson guardian of winter hope. After all, this could be my last poem. Or, yours. Advance Praise for Winter “Jamie K. Reaser’s latest work is a love poem to the season of darkness, part of her broader mission to help us re-​​member who we are—embedded in the dark and dirty processes of the earth—and to help bring about that deep and important work of recognizing that there are no sacred or profane places or times, only stories we can tell that allow us to remember—or obscure—the sacredness of all. The coldness and darkness of winter is her muse, and her poetry can be ours in a time of darkness as well.” —Theodore Richards, author of The Crucifixion, Creatively Maladjusted, and The Conversions “Winter is a time for reflection, rest, and regeneration. Jamie K. Reaser shares the magic of this season of life, as well as the harshness that this time can bring. Settle back into the beautiful and potent poetry in Winter: Reflections by Snowlight and absorb the deep wisdom shared.” —Sandra Ingerman, award winning author of eight books, including Soul Retrieval “Winter is written in the...

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Winter: Reflections by Snowlight by Jamie K. Reaser is Now Available!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Featured, Jamie K. Reaser Media, New Releases, News | 0 comments

Winter: Reflections by Snowlight by Jamie K. Reaser is Now Available!

Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out.

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A First Look at Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Jamie K. Reaser Media, News | 0 comments

A First Look at Winter by Jamie K. Reaser

Enjoy a first look at Jamie K. Reaser’s latest collection Winter: Reflections by Snowlight. Jamie’s newest collection of poetry is a celebration of simplicity. Written during winter snow storms, the poems explore the essence of the season and what it is to have the routines of modernity stripped away when the power goes out. In this simplicity reside the profound truths that Nature and human nature have to offer those who have the courage to sit still and get quiet enough to listen. Place your chair in front of a warm fire and take Winter: Reflections by Snowlight into your hands. Look for Winter on Amazon and B&N October 28, 2014 or pre-​​order your copy right now, in our bookstore. ~ The Sound of Snow She asked me how to describe the sound of snow falling softly in the mountains.   I stood among the flurries until the tears came, until I couldn’t stop them. Not even if I’d wanted to,   and I didn’t.   And, after a good long while, I replied:   “You must let your heart break for want of love.   You must listen carefully when it does.   Whatever it is you hear then,   that is it;   That is the sound of snow falling,   softly,   in the mountains.” Advance Praise for Winter “Jamie K. Reaser’s latest work is a love poem to the season of darkness, part of her broader mission to help us re-​​member who we are—embedded in the dark and dirty processes of the earth—and to help bring about that deep and important work of recognizing that there are no sacred or profane places or times, only stories we can tell that allow us to remember—or obscure—the sacredness of all. The coldness and darkness of winter is her muse, and her poetry can be ours in a time of darkness as well.” —Theodore Richards, author of The Crucifixion, Creatively Maladjusted, and The Conversions “Winter is a time for reflection, rest, and regeneration. Jamie K. Reaser shares the magic of this season of life, as well as the harshness that this time can bring. Settle back into the beautiful and potent poetry in Winter: Reflections by Snowlight and absorb the deep wisdom shared.” —Sandra Ingerman, award winning author of eight books, including Soul Retrieval “Winter is written in the ‘language of all things.’ It is a snow-​​lit illumination of consciousness. With stillness at the center, the collection invites us to ‘go inside’ to an interior of the spirit, which can manifest in juncos, cedars, reindeer games, and simple offerings. In Winter, we find interrelatedness, a communion with the natural world.” —Gwendolyn Morgan, author of Crow Feathers, Red Ochre, Green Tea “My inner-​​world has been deeply touched and impacted by Jamie’s poetry. It opened me to something incredibly beautiful– something new within myself and how I experience the world. “Winter” explores both the dark and the light–always with love, gratitude and appreciation for all that is – it is Nature – it is real. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!” –Byron Metcalf, Ph.D., Award-​​winning musician and creator of “The Shaman’s Heart – The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose & Presence” “Jamie K. Reaser’s poetry does not attempt to startle with exotic lands or obtuse language. Instead, she stays close to home. And yet, in her heartfelt voice, the common place becomes uncovered, and like the kiss that frees the frog, we see...

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Written River Summer Edition Now Available!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Featured, New Releases, News | 0 comments

Written River Summer Edition Now Available!

The summer edition of Written River is now available!

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Living in the Nature Poem | Now on Kindle!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Featured, Mary Sayler Media, News | 0 comments

Living in the Nature Poem | Now on Kindle!

We are pleased to announce at Living in the Nature Poem by Mary Harwell Sayler is now available in Kindle edition! This collection connects us to ourselves, each other, and the earth. As an impor­tant part of our own envi­ron­ments, we’re also part of the com­plex­i­ties of nature, including human nature and those odd thoughts and moments that bring humor, wonder, per­plexity, and prayer. Visit the Kindle Bookstore»   Advance Praise for Living in the Nature Poem “In Living in the Nature Poem, Mary Sayler gives us more than just a journal of the nat­ural world: she gives us an inter­ac­tion with a world pop­u­lated by char­ac­ters as diverse as cells and stars. Exploring biology, astronomy, and soci­ology, Sayler writes ele­gantly about the ‘uni­versal need known to artists, chil­dren, poets,/who, poised in mys­tery, must/​​watch and wait and wonder.’ And she does it with a nice helping of humor, describing human tissue as ‘cliques that become/​​known as Bone, Gland, Organ,/ Blood, Artery, Vein,’ and recounting her battle with a bug in amus­ingly the­o­log­ical lan­guage. Living in the Nature Poem is a good read by an inspired writer, one who knows her craft and plies it well.” — Annmarie Lockhart, Editor, vox poetica “In her book Living in the Nature Poem, Mary Sayler gives us poems that explore the taste of mind, body and soul that are crafted with sophis­ti­ca­tion, wit and an emo­tion­ally sat­is­fying rhythm. It is an exciting read. “ — Alice Shapiro, Poet Laureate of Douglasville, Georgia “Mary Harwell Sayler allows us the opportunity to see the natural world and nature poetry from a fresh perspective.” — Dana K. Cassell, Executive Director, Writers-​​​​Editors Network “Not all the poems in this rich col­lec­tion focus on flora and fauna…Yet all the poems in Mary Sayler’s book are like the shops on the harbor which “soften /​​ into pastel hues /​​ smudged by a flamingo– /​​ pink sun until every pane /​​ of window glass /​​ turns peach-​​​​tinged, then /​​ coral, then /​​ rose-​​​​colored /​​ and totally believ­able.” This book is highly recommended.” — Yakov Azriel, poet and author ofThreads From A Coat Of Many Colors and In The Shadow Of A Burning Bush  Mary Harwell Sayler began writing poems as a child but, as an adult, wrote almost everything except poetry. Although her publishing credits of two dozen traditionally published books (Zondervan, B&H, CSS, Chelsea, Facts on File, etc.) explore a wide range of interests in fiction, nonfiction, devotionals, and children’s books, her first book of poetry, Living in the Nature Poem, came out in 2012 when she found a fitting home in the environmentally-​​aware publisher Hiraeth Press. As a lover of God, nature, and almost everything living, Mary hopes these poems will encourage readers to reconnect with the natural world, spiritual world, and their own body cells. Connecting with the Body of Christ matters greatly to her too. As a lifelong lover of the Church in all its parts and the Bible in each English version, Mary encourages Christian Poets & Writers (editors, artists, and publishers too!) in their work through the group she began on Facebook. For her own work, she continues to focus on researching and writing blogs, devotionals, and poetry, especially poems on Bible people, prayers, parables, and other biblical themes.  ...

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Written River Winter Issue Now Available!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in New Releases, News | 0 comments

Written River Winter Issue Now Available!

The winter issue of Written River is now available!

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Creatively Maladjusted Finalist in the USA Book Award!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in News, Theodore Richards Media | 0 comments

Creatively Maladjusted Finalist in the USA Book Award!

Creatively Maladjusted by Theodore Richards has been named a finalist in the 2013 USA Book Award in the “Education/​Academic” category! Congratulations Theodore! Theodore is also the author of the award-​​winning title, Cosmosophia and The Crucifixion.  Visit our bookstore today to add a copy to your home library » A little about the book:  “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Education is the subject of much public debate. Politicians and bureaucrats, educators and parents, students and concerned citizens all have an interest—and a stake—in the way we educate our children. But while much is said about the subject, seldom are the more profound, difficult questions ever asked, questions that require not only changing the way schools are organized and classes are taught, but also require a radical transformation of the very concept of education in the modern world. Creatively Maladjusted: The Wisdom Education Movement Manifesto approaches the problem of education from just such a radically new perspective. The book includes a forward by education scholar and activist Bill Ayers. “Theodore Richards points us toward a more vibrant and liberated space where education is linked to an iron commitment to free inquiry, investigation, open questioning, and full participation,” he writes, “an approach that encourages independent thought and judgment; and a base-​​line standard of full access and complete recognition of the humanity of each individual. He demonstrates the power of learning from, not about: from nature, not about nature, from work, not about work, from history not about history. As opposed to obedience and conformity, the work promotes initiative, courage, imagination, and creativity. In other words, the highest priority is the creation of free people geared toward enlightenment and liberation.” Nearly every discussion about schools assumes that the goals of our educational system are appropriate and worthwhile. The narrative of the modern industrial world that defines our values and shapes the metaphors with which we understand our world also determines how we shape our schools, our curricula, our children. From the White House to the little red schoolhouse, these values are seldom questioned. The debate about schools is about test scores, productivity, and quantifiable outcomes. Creatively Maladjusted argues that these values both undermine our children’s learning and, in the cases where children are “successful”, guide our children toward destructive, rather than creative...

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