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Earth Bound

Daily Meditations for all Seasons

Brian Nelson

Earth Bound is a daybook of 365 meditations culled from the worlds of spirituality and science, philosophy and art. These daily musings remind us of both the responsibility and the humanity we share on this earth—and within the embrace of the cosmos. Nelson's earth-centered spirituality appeals to nature lovers, environmentalists, pagans, and general readers alike.

The book provides readers with a unique, eclectic view of Earth's calendar:

February 12 – “Today is one of several festival days throughout the year that are devoted to Diana, the Roman goddess of the forests and the hunt. Ancient myths told of pilgrims who, wandering in the woods, came across the naked goddess. In retribution over her embarrassment, she changed them into forest creatures.”

February 17 – “On this day in 1917 a street in Baltimore was the first anywhere to be lit with gas. This was the beginning of a curse for astronomers, who would come to revile city lights for interfering with their telescopes.”

October 9 – “Camille Saint-Saens, the French composer, was born on this day in 1835. A lover of the natural world, he created the collection of short pieces entitled ‘Carnival of the Animals.' Among its themes are The Lion, The Swan, The Aquarium, The Donkeys, The Tortoise, and even Fossils.”

Brian Nelson writes for television and film and teaches at the University of Southern California. He has written for numerous television shows including “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (an ABC mini-series), “Lois and Clark” (ABC) and “In a Heartbeat” (Disney Channel), which earned him the Prism Award for writing. A member of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Canoga Park, California, Nelson regularly plans solstice services. He lives in Woodland Hills, California.

Praise for Earth Bound:

“What makes Brian Nelson's book so remarkable is not what he says but what he asks. He applies a gentle Socratic method not only to the reader but also to nature itself, and the result is a dialogue, between book and reader, the reader and nature. This is the perfect book for those who want a single bright spark each day, to start their own candles burning.”
—Peter Sagal, host of National Public Radio's “Wait Wait Don't Tell Me”

"A graceful and inspiring book of wisdom culled from the worlds of spirit and science, philosophy and art. Brian Nelson's daily musings remind us of both the responsibility and the humanity we share on this earth—and within the embrace of the cosmos."
—Aimee Liu, author of Flash House and Cloud Mountain

“Like sailing across a river of light, Brian Nelson's Earth Bound is a journey of awareness and hope; a gentle, passionate song of unity with nature and understanding of men, of tolerance and faith and the everlasting truth each of us holds in his or her soul.” 
—Gina Nahai, author of Sunday's Silence

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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