Men play such an important role in the lives of up and coming young adult males.The relationship is sacred, as the father figure initiates the rite of passage of boy into manhood. Throughout my life, I have encountered and come to know various men who have taught me a great deal about myself and what it means to be a man in this world. I’d like to dedicate a few words to these men; to the impact they have had on my life. This is to the men in my life.
To my father, who taught me to love the world, and it will always love me back.
To my step-father, who taught me to look at things for what they are, and to choose my words carefully.
To Hans, who taught me to be efficient with my time and effort – to challenge myself to do everything better than the time before.
To Greg, who taught me the zen of farming, and that every event in life is a lesson worth learning.
To Matt, who taught me to be grounded and firm, yet light and flexible, like the bamboo. Who taught me to always follow my heart.
To Scot, who taught me to be playful, for this is the best preparation for the future.
To Stan, who taught me the nature of writing, and in turn my own nature.
To Gene, who taught me the passion of learning, loving, and acting with nature and community.
To Nathan, Who taught me about ambition, and just how deep our connection to place can go.