Books of Interest


My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir.

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, Evan McGown.

Tom Brown’s Field Guides.  You can learn how to make a debris hut in order to survive the night or, if not in such a dire situation, you can take a walk, wake up your senses and get reacquainted with nature.

Listening Below the Noise: A Meditation on the Practice of Silence by Anne D. LeClaire.

The Lotus Sutra translated by Burton Watson.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv.

The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life by Thomas Moore.

Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species, edited by Peter Kahn and Patricia Hasbach.

Sacred Path Cards by Jamie Sams.

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor.

The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton.  Originally published in 1653, the book drew me in with its detailed observations of nature, and then charmed me with milk-maids’ songs and jolly characters.  No wonder it’s been around for several centuries.

5 thoughts on “Books of Interest

  1. KG Waite

    Thanks for these suggestions! Here’s a book that I’m adding to my reading list– Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.

  2. Lisa R Johnson

    I am awaiting your memoir on your experience with breast cancer. I have a lumpectomy coming up, with follow up later with oncologist. More worried abt the oncologist than the surgery, frankly. I do not believe in precautionary chemotherapy. Eating my sheep sorrel.

    1. BTerao Post author

      Lisa, thank you for reading my article and finding my website! I will do my best to write a book that is helpful to others going through cancer. It is quite a journey and my wish for you is that you get the best care and caregivers, with the right treatment at the right time. For me, it has been helpful to be part of a Healing Circles support group for those with cancer. Now it is available by Zoom, no matter where you live. Here is a link, in case that is of interest to you: Let me know any way I can be of help to you. Barbara

  3. Shimada Shimada

    I loved your retelling of Manjiro’s return. Are you going to get it published with illustrations? I think it might be a good book for children to read. I would like to have a copy of this book for my grandsons as well as some grand nieces and nephews.

    I’m writing you because of the article about your neighbor Kiyoko Neumiller. One of the Meaningful Movies groups wants to have a panel discussion after t he showing of a film about Setsuko Thurlow. Like Kiyoko Neumiller, she is a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing but lives in Canada. She was instrumental in getting the Abolish Nuclear Weapons bill passed by the United Nations a few years ago. I’m writing to you because I was asked whether I could help connect the Meaningful Movies group with Mrs. Neumiller. Could you help us connect with her?

    I have been a part of the From Hiroshima to Hope group which puts on a lantern floating event at Green Lake in Seattle to commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as reminders of the horrors of nuclear weapons. From Hiroshima to Hope has been holding this event since 1985 and has included people from a variety of backgrounds to speak and perform in front of increasing numbers of participants until this year. This year we produced a video and invited peole to make their own lanterns with messages to put into their windows. We may have successfully reached more people with these two simpler methods!

    Could you please let me know whether Mrs. Neumiller would be willing to come to Seattle to speak with this group? I have to check with the people in the Meaningful Movies group about the date and time but we could provide transportation if necessary.

    Thank you for your help. I have enjoyed reading about you and your background. I also appreciate your understanding of Buddhism. I find my faither in Buddhist teachings to be helpful, too.

    Shirley Shimada
    16023 74th Ave NE
    Kenmore, WA 98028

    1. BTerao Post author

      Shirley, thank you for your message and kind comments! If I get a book published about Manjiro, I will let you know. I sent both you and Kiyoko an email so you can communicate with each other. Though Kiyoko is humble and soft-spoken, to me she is a bodhisattva, an emissary of peace because of her incredible story. She will no doubt appreciate the work you do. By the way, my husband had a cousin in Hiroshima at the time of the bombing; she survived though she is now deceased. We would like to be supportive of From Hiroshima to Hope events in the future. Thank you for all you do! Barbara


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s