(originated: 2 Nov,, 2008)
(updated: 24 October., 2011)
On A Raven's Wing....a site designed to promote my photography. However, that focus is about to change....
In 2004, I developed Environmental Allergenics. In my case, severe hypersensitivity to Electro-Magnetc Field Radiation. I lost my job, home, life-savings, friends and family due to this debilitation and survived only with the help and support of Gary Duncan and Smart Shelter Network (you can find my full story at www.smartshelter.com).
Thanks to the Land Steward Program, I was able to acquire safe housing and locate safe places to live. I regained my health and was able to live relatively pain free, so long as I could live in sites completely free of the radiation. I was able to rebuild my life and resurrect my art, which I thought I had also lost.
Events of the past several months have changed all that. With the proliferation of cell phone towers and the dangerous radiation they produce, those safe places are rapidly disappearing. Even in remote and isolated locations, finding radiation free sites is already nearly impossible...and getting worse. Something must be done...or we won't survive.
On A Raven's Wing is the perfect site to launch this new venture. Continuing the Education and Advocacy work of Smart Shelter, and using the techniques of the Land Steward Program to protect, preserve, and restore our Native Lands, On A Raven's Wing will take the next step... to seek out a piece of property, remote and completely free from all Chemical Pollution and Electro-Magnetic Radiation, to purchase and maintain as The Raven's Nest, a refuge, a 'safe haven' for those who are so sensitized we can no longer live in so-called 'modern' society.
My art will continue, although without the photography that is now too painful due to the radiation exposure from computer, scanner, printer, etc. Art must continue for it is the voice, the expression of the soul. And my soul will now find its outlet in art that is hand-crafted, using using items from the native landscape...walking sticks from tamarisk and russian olive wood, jewelry from deer antler, and musical instruments fashioned from gourds.
What is a desde la terra artist? There are only a very few. An art form born of a love of the native lands, a dependence on it for survival in a unique and challenging lifestyle. A soft voice from the land itself.
Why A Raven's Wing?
Why not an eagle, a falcon, a wild turkey? Oh, well...have you ever seen a turkey fly? Anyway, read on for the explanation.
Advocacy and Activism
On A Raven's Wing is dedicated to the education, advocacy and assistance of those with Environmental Allergies, and also to protect, preserve, and reclaim our pristine wild lands - both on the ground and in the air. The places that those of us who are sensitized desperately need for survival. But, these lands are being destroyed. On the ground by off-road vehicle abuse and in the air by bombardment of cell tower radiation.
Links and Resources for information on Electromagnetic Field Radiation
When I first became sensitized to EMf (in 2004), there was almost no information available on the internet and to get to the little that there was, you had to wade through miles of muck from the nay-sayers and the 'experts' who claimed it was impossible for low-levels of electromagnetic field radiation to cause any damage. Have things changed since then. The information available about the dangerous effects of EMf is exploding. It would take years to wade through all the resources, research and documents. Therefore, here is a list ( only partial, but will add to as I find good ones) of some resources that I have found.
The Killing Fields
Researchers are now confirming what we the Electro-Sensitive have intuitively known all along. That this radiation is killing, not just us, but living thing....birds, insects, wildlife, and...our forests.
If a picture is truely worth $1000, then nothing more needs to be said. Take a look at these. Click Here.
When I first developed Electrosensitivity (in 2004) and began talking to people about it, there was instant denial...this couldn't be real. Now, 7 years later, that denial is gone. Most people still don't know anything about it, but they accept that it exists. So what has changed? I really don't know, but with this acceptance, it's now time to start educating people about the facts. To this end, I've begun a series of newspaper articles...to be published regionally, and also here. Click here gh to see a listing of articles.
The Saga of the Chinook
Go ahead and check the dictionary, then throw that idea immediately out the window. You're not even close.
Quoth the Raven
Not a tribute to Poe, but a collection of essays and short stories...some humorous, some not, some fiction, but all based somewhat on my art and lifestyle, including the story of Edgar, the cat (he was named for Poe), who became ill from electromagnetic radiation.
What is there in some people who see what others can't....the patterns of nature, the grace of a gnarled juniper, the subtle colors of sculpted sandstone. I don't know, and neither, I suspect, does anyone else. I used to think that part of my love of photography was just in the being in nature, surrounded by its majesty, wrapped in its smells and sounds, enveloped in its peace. Perhaps that's true. Now I live there, 365 days a year, in some of the most beautiful places in the country, and the allure is still there, the desire to capture that which cannot be captured, the desire to share that indescribable beauty with others. So, for whatever reason, here it is. Click on the image for a sampling of my art.
Part of Smart Shelter's Land Steward Program is dedicated to inventing productive uses from otherwise unwanted species, hence the creation of Walking Sticks made from the wood of Tamarisk and Russian Olive. Ruth has taken the concept a few steps further and is now creating pieces of art, decorating the sticks with feathers, beads from native alabaster, marble and deer antler.
Part of Ruth's lifestyle involves the care of the native lands, protecting pristine areas, restoring wildlife habitat, helping it heal from the abuses of mankind.
This and That
A collection of developing E Books, community activism, current art projects, a 'spare parts' drawer.