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The Snow Lotus: Exploring the Eternal Moment

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A Native American proverb states that "yesterday is ashes, tomorrow is wood, only today does the fire burn brightly." This series of essays, set in the north woods of Minnesota, is woven around the theme of the importance of being alive and aware in the present. Deeply rooted in the natural world, The Snow Lotus shares the philosophical and emotional insights author Peter M. Leschak has acquired from a life lived close to nature. Each chapter in The Snow Lotus revolves around a single moment, illuminating those ...
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Overview

A Native American proverb states that "yesterday is ashes, tomorrow is wood, only today does the fire burn brightly." This series of essays, set in the north woods of Minnesota, is woven around the theme of the importance of being alive and aware in the present. Deeply rooted in the natural world, The Snow Lotus shares the philosophical and emotional insights author Peter M. Leschak has acquired from a life lived close to nature. Each chapter in The Snow Lotus revolves around a single moment, illuminating those instants that approach epiphany. Exploring the myriad interrelationships between the natural world he inhabits and his constant struggle for transcendence and self-awareness, the tales Leschak relates encompass both the humor, and the pathos day-to-day life can acquire when lived consciously. Leschak peoples his essays with a colorful gallery of characters - his wife, Pam, his fire-fighting companions, his trusted dog, The Reverend. He recounts finding a still-warm deer bed early one autumn morning, taking a sauna with friends, seeing flying squirrels at his bird feeder. He tells of adventures while cross-county skiing or hiking in the mountains of Mexico, yet evokes a strong sense of place, of the rhythm of small-town life, of long winters and brilliant night skies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816628209
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Deer Beds: A Prologue 1
The Snow Lotus 5
Snow White and the Timberwolf 11
Blue Velvet Number Nine 19
The Cosmos and Lysistrata 27
A Damn Idiot 33
Washing the Sky to Amber 41
The Guts of God 51
Later 59
The Awesome Triple-L 67
Ditching the Future 79
Nasty Business 91
Total Eclipse of the Clouds 105
Blood Walk 111
The Magic Puck 119
Tilting Round the Far Spruce 127
An Easy Winter 133
Smoking Mountain 157
Farewells 163
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