The John Muir Project: the Story of One Man’s Battle With Suicidal Depression/Bipolar Disorder I and His Recovery to Embrace a Balanced Male and Female View of God

Sitting by a pond with one of my best friends in the John Muir wilderness in as complete State of Nature as I have ever felt.  This experience was holy to me and in this photograph I am worshiping God by reflecting on Mother Nature and Father God’s indwelling of Her: DSCN1150


The text for this blog entry is a gift from a Quaker friend and fellow writing partner, who shall for the time being remain anonymous.

The John Muir Project

Mission statement: The founding of the John Muir Project has progressed to encourage all of us to find balance in our lives, reconnection with the sacred through nature, and to live in right relationship with one another and our earth.  Image below from here.


Psychogeography (an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and “drifting” around urban, suburban, and rural environments) experiment #1:

Princeton to Rosedale Lake and Curtis Lake in Pennington

This hiking, biking, and driving route will go past several walking/contemplative parks, an environmental center with a poetry trail, Terhune Orchards, Hunt Farm, Rosedale Park (with Rosedale Lake), Mercer County Equestrian Center and Curtis Lake. It’s also worth looking at the Hopewell-Lawrence trail map which covers some of this area.

1. Great Road to Rosedale Road
Stop at the Johnson Education Center/D & R Greenway Trust to walk the Poetry Trail, see the latest art display, and see what’s growing in their native greenhouse. ETS further down on the right has excellent walks along the river.

2. Turn Left on Carter Road

3. Turn Right on Cold Soil Road
Stop at Terhune Orchards for a refreshing apple slush or vegetarian chili. Enjoy the children visiting farm animals.

4. Turn right on Blackwell Rd.
Possible stop at Hunt farm to see pond and use the trail shortcut (bike ok) to Rosedale Park and Lake. Trail map helps.

5. Turn right on Federal City Road
Rosedale Park and Lake will be on your right. The Stony Brook River runs along one edge of the park – the sheltered cooking area side. Excellent hiking path is along the brook.

6. Continue down Federal City Road to Mercer County Equestrian Center.
Many hiking trails surround the equestrian center. Curtis Lake is within the wooded area to the right (as you’re facing the stables). Be careful to avoid walking on private property along the lake. Walk at least ¼ mile along the woods edge to find an entrance path.

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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