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Paul's Letter to the Athenians


A Lullaby for Wittgenstein


Paul Tillich: A Reminiscence and Homage

Oceans of Desire


Florence the Goose

The Quality of Mercy: Homelessness In Santa Cruz 1985-1992

On the Wings of Thymós

Thymós as Biopsychological Metaphor: The Vital Root of Consciousness

Meaning of Health



1845 - Walden Pond

1847 - George Perkins Marsh

1864 -Yosemite Valley

1864 - The Maine Woods 

1866 - Ernst Haeckel

1872 - Yellowstone

1872 - Mining Law

1876 - Appalachian Mountain Club

1886 - Audubon Society 

1890 - Yosemite and General Grant National Parks

1872 - Mining Law 

1890 - Sequoia National Park

1891 - Forest Reserve Act

1892 - Sierra Club

1893 - Forest Reserves

1898 - Gifford Pinchot

1901 - Sierra Club Outing

1903 - Teddy Roosevelt Visits Yosemite

1905 - Yosemite Under Federal Control

1910 - Lakeview Gusher

1914 - Hetch Hetchy Valley

1915 - John Muir Trail

1916 - National Park Service

1945 - Wilderness Society

1948 - Donora Zinc Works

1949 - Sand County Almanac

1952 - David Brower

1955 - Dinosaur National Monument

1962 - Silent Spring

1965 - Storm King Mountain

1964 - Wilderness Act

1966 - Grand Canyon

1968 - Grand Canyon Dam Plan Killed

1969 - Santa Barbara Oil Spill

1969 - National Environmental Policy Act

1970 - Earth Day

1970 - Clean Air Act

1972 - DDT 

1972 - Water Pollution Control Act

1973 - Endangered Species Act

1977 - Tellico Dam

1978 - Love Canal

1979 - Three Mile Island

1980 - Alaska Natural Interest Lands Conservation Act

1986 - Chernobyl

1989 - Exxon Valdez Disaster

1994 - Mono Lake

1994 - Unolcal Diluent Spill

1997 - Julia Butterfly Hill

1998 - David Gypsy Chain

1999 - Luna

2005 - Kyoto Protocol








Class, Who Killed Cock Robin? at Cowell College
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    Join me, Dr. Paul Lee, this Spring 2014 Quarter at  Cowell College to the history of California Organic Movement that began here at UCSC.

Back in the EcoTopia Saddle
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Back in the saddle after three months at our retreat–Cisco Point–in Phelps, Wisconsin where I kept myself busy by writing drafts of two books. How To Become A Spiritual Millionaire When Money Is No Object tells the story of nonprofit corporations in this country, their historical background, as I see it, in … Read More

There Is a Garden in the Mind Reviewed by Publishers Weekly
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Publishers Weekly gave my new book,There Is a Garden in the Mind: A Memoir of Alan Chadwick and an Organic Movement in California, an appreciative review. In 1967, author and educator Lee and amateur gardener Chadwick established the University of California, Santa Cruz, Chadwick Garden. Lee originated the idea for the garden, … Read More

Homer’s Contribution to the Meaning of Truth
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HOMER’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE MEANING OF TRUTH The Greeks called Homer wise, the wisest of all mortal men, and made his poems their only schoolbooks. It may be not unwise to ask the question, what kind of knowledge did the Greeks suppose Homer possessed-why was he called wise? Of course, Homer occasionally … Read More

Circle Trail
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Start anywhere for a virtual tour of the Circle Trail. Lighthouse Field State Beach The Homeless Garden Project Natural Bridges State Park Long Marine Lab Antonelli Pond Arroyo Seco Canyon University of California Arboretum The University of California Agro-ecology Farm The Chadwick Garden Pogonip The San Lorenzo River levee promenade The Santa … Read More

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Pogonip offers a wide variety of habitats and microclimates, including open meadows, dark cool forests, creek beds, and three virgin stands of redwood. Within the park there are miles of hiking trails and endless sites for informal picnics. The Circle Trail Route follows Spring Trail, Brayshaw Trail, and Golf Club Drive. Dogs … Read More

Who Killed Cock Robin?
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An Earth Day 2000 Address by Paul Lee The Ballad of Rachel Carson and the Historical Origins of the Environmental Crisis and Earth Day An Earth Day, 2000, Talk, by Paul A. Lee, PhD In the summer of l969, I took a wilderness canoe trip with Gaylord Nelson, the Senator from Wisconsin. … Read More

Florence the Goose
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Florence is a goose. I think of her as my goose although I don’t own her. She belongs to me in my imagination, although she is a real flesh and blood and feathers goose. She lives in the park a block away, where there is a pond. It is called West Lake … Read More

The Quality of Mercy: Homelessness In Santa Cruz 1985-1992
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by Paul A. Lee Homelessness is not easy to think about. In fact, one would rather do something about it than think about it. It is the tradition of the pragmatic American way. The plight of the homeless demands action more than thought. Nevertheless, there is much to think about in assessing … Read More

Ecotopia and Political Expectations
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Three Lectures on Paul Tillich by Paul Lee “There is a divinity that shapes our ends rough-hew them how we will.” Shakespeare There are three concepts to consider at the outset: palimpsest, occultation, and aletheia, the Greek word for truth. Palimpsest is the overlayering of texts, literally meaning “scraped again,” as in … Read More

Paul Tillich: A Reminiscence and Homage
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Paul Tillich: A Reminiscence by Paul Lee Paul Tillich came to lecture at St. Olaf College when I was a senior philosophy student, studying under Howard Hong, the translator of Kierkegaard. It was l953. He gave three lectures on Existentialism and I didn’t understand a word. Neither did my roommates. We argued … Read More

In Memoriam, The Passenger Pigeon
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The last passenger pigeon the world will ever know died September 1, 1914. At the time, the event was little regarded. The onrushing war held greater sway on people’s imaginations. But as the years pass, it becomes ever more clear that this death of a bird in a cage, a bird stolen … Read More

The Deeply Green Reading Guide
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by Sandy Irvine A spectre is beginning to haunt the world. It is not some phantom menace. It is the all too real possibility of irreversible ecological and therefore social collapse. Modern society faces the ruination that once brought down seemingly invincible civilisations in the past. Then the collapse was comparatively local … Read More

How Bad Is It?
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The following press release was web published on the Sierra Club’s Sprawl listserv in August, 1999. It gives as good an explanation as we’ve seen of how bad the current world-wide ecological crises has become. We reprint it here with the permission of the press office of the International Botanical Congress. For … Read More

Not the Counter Culture Anymore
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by Shelley Gerstein This essay first appeared in Coast Magazine’s Holiday Issue, 1996 reprinted with permission of the author It’s said of computers, garbage in – garbage out. The same is true about understanding ourselves. If we rely on false myths about ourselves and our history, no matter how sophisticated our analysis, … Read More

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Restoring the Earth Healing the Mind Edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes and Allen D. Kanner Reviewed by Don Weiss Millions of American children have been diagnosed with a disease called Attention Deficit Disorder. In its classic form, it is the inability to concentrate on whatever society thinks the child should … Read More

The Log from the Sea of Cortez
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by John Steinbeck Reviewed by Don Weiss Steinbeck is best known as the author of The Grapes of Wrath, which brought him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. But he was also an enthusiastic marine biologist. In fact, he studied marine biology at Stanford, though he left there without graduating. It … Read More

Ecology, A Pocket Guide
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by Ernest Callenbach Reviewed by Don Weiss Wallace Stegner once called ecology “a harder form of literacy” than reading and despaired of teaching the American public to change its ways. Ernest Callenbach, author of the famous novel Ecotopia and many other works, thinks this is an unduly negative view and provides one … Read More

The Moral Equivalent of War
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by William James This essay, based on a speech delivered at Stanford University in 1906, is the origin of the idea of organized national service. The line of descent runs directly from this address to the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps to the Peace Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps. Though some phrases grate upon … Read More

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by Henry David Thoreau This essay was presented as a lecture by Thoreau in his later years but only published after his death. It’s best known quote, “In wildness is the preservation of the world,” has become one of the rallying cries of the environmental movement. But Thoreau means much more by … Read More

The Long Lost Last Dialogues of Socrates
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by Plato Responsible for their translation and publication–Paul A. Lee, Director The Platonic Academy Santa Cruz, California September l981 The Academy has located two important sites: * from Professor Brumbaugh of Yale University we have been given the address of the original Academy. It is now our intention to reconstitute the original … Read More