Books by Jim Warren
This book describes life long learning expressed often as allegory or metaphor, but derived from life long events. The braided cord reflects the union of body, mind and soul, but because I am a surgeon, the body is topmost in my mind and my book. My exploration of flesh, and the rest, derives from 40 years of surgery and anatomy. All of us are in nature and of nature and there are no natural borders that divide us. To see nature and ourselves as through a prism leads us to the perception that we are broken up from ourselves and nature in the spectrum and we create borders that are artificial. We owe it to ourselves to embrace the Universal so we can arrive at the point that we realize we and nature are one white light. When we do, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and a sense of unity will follow. I can’t think how, in the past, I could have been so dumb. This book is both playful and intense but like nature, despite its diversity always returns, to a single theme.
There are 294 topics in this book and you can open it at any page. The book, like my muse, skips on the surface of the waters like a flat stone, but will only rest when it finally sinks. The pieces reveal that I learned more from my missteps over the years than any triumph I may have stumbled over. While I don‘t divulge all the events of my secret life, the touchstones of growing up on the Bald Prairie as a railroad boy, of the practice of Medicine on the Wet Coast, and the embrace by the bucolic and ample arms of Mother Nature in the Southern Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea, gave me food for thought. I take the Oath of Hippocrates seriously, so I do not divulge the secret knowledge of my patients, which is my trust! The scant reference to patient matters provided here is in the public record and therefore not a violation. We are like bread dough in the hands of Mother Nature and The Almighty; beaten and kneaded on the breadboard of life; the yeast provided by those great Universals; allowed to rise and beaten again; risen and cooked in the oven of the world to a sublime end product. If you open this book it will be a little like opening Fibber McGee’s hall closet! Odds and sods will tumble out!
The stories in this book describe a personal encounter with the broader environment of the garden. Nature becomes this book and Human Nature becomes the story. These stories will show you how the garden can speak to you; that you can have an intimate relationship with it from your bicameral brain. The stories describe plaintive and enthusiastic reports from the garden that the author has faithfully translated.
By the end of this book, you will know that nothing is ever exactly as it seems...neither in the garden, nor in life, The stories in this book stress the magic the garden displays: that the seemingly ordinary is always extraordinary.
It becomes, when living life as part of the garden, that we seek to know the hidden dimensions. While often translated as a fable or a parable or an allegory, what is sought after is revealed in real events.
As the author, I am a simple garden scribe.