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California can only be understood by those for whom the symbols, if they come at all, follow the land itself in the order of apprehension: it can only be known in all its dimensions by the native, or by those like him, from within and never from without. — Wilson Carey McWilliams
California is 163,707 square miles of bankruptcy, mismanagement, ecological destruction, urban encroachment, Republican obstructionism, Democrat enabling, violence, chaos, and quasi-psychotic regression. It is also a land of experimentation, innovation, intuition, and edge-of-continent dreaming.
Although plenty of information is available on California, including this guide page to state services and current conditions, these books, and various state facts, a Deep Education perspective moves below and behind surface data and events to examine underlying forces (including those in the human heart), paradigms that filter collective perception, ecologies of the imagination, and landscapes that sculpt the desires and fantasies of their inhabitants. Seen through a holistic lens, California comes alive as a multidimensional system of human and nonhuman energies, aims, interactions, and repercussions.
This page will provide Deep Education commentary on the state as a whole, events unfolding county by county, and local developments. My conviction is that when we can see how events from many fields of experience--ecology, politics, agriculture, social justice, local culture, architecture, education, and even dreams and the symbolic life--connect into living systems, we discover more satisfying ways to live with the land, its elements, and each other, beginning with a lucid moment of connective insight: "Eureka!"
For more about California as a land of legend, myth, motif, and dream, see my Animate California Triogy.
Government and Legislation:
Governorship: A Spender's Market?
State of the Environment:
Thinking Small about Water
Economy and Finance:
California, Land of the Giants
News Outlets Online
Education for a Sense of Place (an article on depths of land, mind, and soul in Fresno, CA)
From the Garden: Toward Refineries of Dream (Contra Costa County)
The Return of Coyote (Santa Barbara, after the 2008 Tea Fire)
Locating Good Places for Ecotherapy Work (Richmond)
2011: Katrina Martin Davenport teaches the public to get in touch with where they live.
click> What's a Golden State Visionary?
Excerpts from My Books:
Deep California: Images and Ironies of Cross and Sword along El Camino Real