In his tale, Lobo, Ernest Thompson Seton wrote about a wolf that evaded his attempts to capture it in New Mexico for months, earning the wolf the title of King of the Currumpaw. Nature created a program about this incident called The Wolf That Changed America. My grandfather knew Seton who later became an advocate for nature’s preservation and the presence of wolves in America’s ecosystems.
Entries on this blog seek to explore art, nature, literature, philosophy, and the ecology of wolves, because I believe education is a key element in preventing the degradation and destruction of human culture and the natural world. I am a father, artist, and educator. Writers that have influenced me include Camus, Dostoevsky, Seamus Heaney, Simone Weil, Rebecca Solnit, John Berger, Joseph Conrad, Shusaku Endo, Soren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich and Walter Benjamin. Artists that I “look to” are George Innes, Charles Avery, Walton Ford, Alexis Rockman, James Turrell, Shaun Tan, N C Wyeth and Robert Irwin (just to name a few because there are so many). I also look to the naturalists John Muir, Adolph Murie, Aldo Leopold and more recently, David Mech, Doug Smith, Rolf Peterson, Rick Bass, Barry Lopez, and Ian McAllister. My hope is that on some level this blog will create a connection with like-minded individuals. You may search for topics, such as wolves, at the bottom of the blog page. You may also feel inclined to visit www.nedgannon.com.
Finally, I don’t know if this quote by Kierkegaard is true in any literal sense, but I love to think about it. “…if you have been truly solitary, then you have learned that everything you say and do to other human beings God simply repeats. He repeats it with the intensification of infinity.” – Soren Kierkegaard