About Calamity May
I’m a dirt-worshipping gardener, a T’ai Chi student, traveler, and stained glass artist wannabe. I’m a fortunate friend to many creative people. I’m buoyed up by my husband Joe, and entertained by the dogs we ‘own’.
Five years ago, when I started my book journey, I was a product of modern stress, distraction and overconsumption. If I were to pick an avatar of myself, it would’ve been an arc of stray voltage. The book process, through research and personal experimentation, changed me–in many good ways.
I now work on core strength and flexibility; eat clean meats and fresh food (avoiding sugar is hard!); and, practice target-oriented sports (tomahawks, handguns, and bean bag tosses and atlatls once a year). I meditate, cultivate my intuition, and pay a lot more attention to my surroundings.
These choices seem to harken to the past, instead of the frenetic present. Maybe the do, because the journey feels like an evolution toward Primal Me, a more elemental sense of self. I’ve begun to feel centered and quietly confident amid the din and distraction. At 58 years, the stray voltage is becoming a steady current.
Professionally, I’m a landscape architect and advocate for natural systems. Watersheds, forests, and streams are my stomping grounds; how they interface with concrete cities has been my specialty. My livelihood has been to help people visualize how complex ecosystems function. To this end, I’ve produced primers, posters, and award-winning environmental atlases.
It’s been a journey full of learning curves. That’s how I like it.
So what is Calamity May?
Calamity May is an influence, an attitude, and proactive state of mind that suggests how to live more sanely and safely in an increasingly unstable world. Life-affirming energies of Awareness, Mindfulness, Prevention, and Defense are at the heart of this way of being.