Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I grew up on a tobacco farm in a mostly Mennonite community whose values of peace, social justice, and equal rights still underlie my work. Also the constant moral questioning of how much or how little of contemporary culture to accept into a life. In recent decades, my writing and other projects have focused locally on the agricultural pollution of streams here in southeast Michigan, the headwaters of Lake Erie; and more broadly on environmental ethics, climate change, and the global risks to ecosystems, now that a habitable planet, for innumerable species including us, is at stake.
I live in Hudson, Michigan and have worked as a writer, farmer, teacher, environmental activist. I farmed hay for a dozen years before restoring wetlands on the farm and putting the land in a conservation easement, now a sanctuary for ecological study, and for letting things go.
Work in-progress includes the multi-perspective Eco-dementia project: poetry, mixed media, photography.