Although “slowing down” is often derided as a byproduct of aging, it can also be seen as a developmental process that opens the way to a deeper, richer, slower way of living.
I was totally surprised last week that my urban foraging blog post was the most popular story in the weekly roundup. I thought that was funny considering I was writing about a hobby only tangentially related to ChangingAging!
Upon reflection, I can think of many ways foraging for edible plants is connected to aging, wisdom, growth and “slow living”. It is a skill that takes incredible patience and years to truly master. It is extremely difficult to get started without a mentor — preferably an elder with a lifetime of experience — to guide you. And it absolutely demands a “slow living” approach — you cannot rush out willy-nilly and harvest edible plants the same way you fill your shopping cart at the grocery store.
One of the themes in Tribes of Eden I personally found compelling was the idea of getting closer to nature and living off the land. Readers get their first taste of this when the survivors of the Wallace family, seemingly at their lowest point on the run from the terror of America’s collapse, find nourishment from nature: Continue reading →
Get your hipster reading glasses on because it’s the end of September and time for the 17th Annual Baltimore Book Festival, the one weekend out of the year when we can call Baltimore the “City that Reads” with a straight face.
Tribes of Eden explores the fundamental experiences that make us human and creates a scenario in which elders help restore humanity after the downfall of society, author William H. Thomas explained today on NPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast on WYPR. Continue reading →
William H. Thomas, a Harvard-trained physician, award-winning social activist, visionary eldercare reformer, mixed-power farmer, musician, playwright and author, brings his vision for a new old age to Baltimore with a public reading of his new novel Tribes of Eden, hosted by GEDCO at Stadium Place Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m.
It’s not often that you get the chance to hear the author read excerpts from their book, but that was the case Tuesday as Dr. Bill Thomas discussed his latest novel, The Tribes of Eden. The lucky audience was attendees at the Pioneer Network 2012 National Conference. The book is set in the near future after the utter collapse of society. It introduces a new vision of old age to counter ageist views that hinder our efforts to improve care for older adults.
Local author William H. Thomas, a Harvard-trained physician, award-winning social activist, visionary eldercare reformer, mixed-power farmer, musician, and playwright, brings his vision for a new old age in a public reading and signing of his new book Tribes of Eden at the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Book Fair July 28.
This is what I call, “The Busy Time.” Spring is in the air and so am I.
We are getting ready for the Eden International Conference in Grand Rapids at the end of the month.
We are getting ready for the premier of my new play… “Play What’s Not There” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in early June.
We are pushing to get the word out about “Tribes of Eden” (but you knew that already) and if you haven’t read it yet— you should.
I am traveling and enjoying being with and working with some of the coolest people in the world.
There are some big new projects that are just about to hatch and I look forward to sharing them all with you.
One of the most interesting things about fiction is that, for the most part, it is really just life— artfully arranged. Almost all of the scenes, incidents and characters we read about in novels can also be found in real life, in fact most of them are based on living people and actual situations. It is the same for “Tribes of Eden.” When I was writing the book I drew heavily from my own life experiences. Continue reading →
When I am writing fiction, my taste runs toward something called “magical realism.” I admit to being fascinated with the idea that the most magical things are often those that are the most real and the firmest grip on “reality” often includes things that are just plain magical.
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