Janet Thomas, Investigative
her acute love of nature and human nature, the investigative expertise of Janet
Thomas exposes the trespasses by contemporary thinking on the
rights of natural systems in people and the
Janet is strong and knowledgeable, a journalistic Druidic princess
who, to our benefit, defends against the violation of nature
within and around us. With the balanced powers of a moving glacier,
her tenacity and wisdom seldom leave an illegitimate stone unturned.
For this reason, David Suzuki applauds her inspiring looks at
people, issues and solidarity; Vine Deloria Jr. says she creates
Stuart Townsend, writer/director of the film, The Battle in Seattle, in researching his script, says he found Janet's book on the subject "Thoughtful, and highly informative."
a critically thinking playwright, author and editor who deals
with issues of abortion, abuse, nuclear war, education and environmental
degradation. She's as sweet as a honeysuckle, but when she speaks
her truth it is wise to listen. This may be experienced in her
book The Battle in Seattle of which a chapter about
is available online"
portray Janet Thomas and her work, reminds me of a challenge
I once presented to Paul Merrill. He was a Vermont farmer I hired
in 1959 to bulldoze a cow pasture level to play baseball. His
experience with that field was a metaphor of how the limits of
contemporary thinking impact Earth's natural systems, the perfection
of the biological world within and around us. This is where Janet
loves to inquire.
skill in bulldozing a field brings to mind that people are part
of nature. What we do to nature we also do to our natural selves.
Today, both people and the land suffer from being excessively
bulldozed by the destructive ways we have learned to think.
Most of the
Vermont rocks rolled to the side of the field at the urging of
Mr. Merrill's powerful John Deere blade. However, some small
rocks turned out to be like icebergs of the soil. They were tips
of immense glacial boulders buried deep in the ground. "No
farm tractor gonna move them suckers," shrugged Merrill,
"You gonna need to get some dynamite and them big construction
tractors." Doing that would have brought me way over budget
so we ended making the field part of a wildlife sanctuary. It
began its inherent path back to becoming a maple-beech-yellow
later the Federal Government got into the act in the form of
the National Forest Service. They helped modify the local conservation
laws, blasted the boulders and bulldozed miles of beautiful,
wild plateau life and land into the sterility of a golf course.
is as anchored in nature as were those field boulders. She, like
most of us, has been subject to the bulldozer of contemporary
socialization. However out of desperation and pain, she long
ago became enamored with her resilient roots, her grounding in
the landscape. She nurtured those roots to survive and thereby
survived. Through one crises after another she has turned to
the grounded sensory boulders in her life and called upon them
for help. Because her good judgment has supported these profound
roots over the years, they now support her in times of need.
That is how nature's renewing powers work when they have not
been bulldozed into parking lots, shopping malls or buried in
fear and hurt in our subconscious to avoid feeling the pain of
acute love of nature and human nature, Janet's expertise exposes
the trespasses by contemporary thinking on the rights of natural
systems in people and the environment. This may be experienced in her book "The
Battle in Seattle" of which a chapter about connecting
is available online
Learn more: Janet
Thomas and Battle in Seattle book
- Mike Cohen