Maybe you have watched or heard of the TV show “Mountain Men.” It’s a History Channel program that follows the lives of several men who are truly iconoclastic in this technoconsumer world. One of the side characters, Preston Roberts, passed away on July 24, 2017. For over 30 years, he has lived in an old church located near Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina and lived and worked some 90 acres adjoining Turtle Island, the preserve of Eustace Conway. What I liked about this teacher and naturalist was how he saw a synergy with nature. Learning from Native Americans and passing on skills and trades of the Mountain Peoples he lived a full life which was cut short by cancer. I believe he would say that it is not hard to simplify, you just do it one step at a time. His southern drawl and his uncomplicated speech were refreshing. He will be missed by his family and fans but especially by those he taught about living a more connected life.
We can all learn some lessons about connection as the world seems to separate and people cocoon in their cyber world. Sometimes the blogosphere seems too remote. Faith, family, friendship, time with loved ones is what truly matters. I feel like we can all take a page from Preston’s book of life and live more intentionally with nature around us. Rest in peace Preston Roberts.