Wild Wind Newsletter – Spring 2020

Welcome to the Wild Wind. Spring 2020


A Note from the Office of Wild Wind

Words to Ponder

Words from Jim

A Note from the Office of Wild Wind

How much our world has changed since the last Wild Wind Newsletter.   “Us humans” are visiting differently, living differently, dreaming differently.  We are all doing the best we can and we are all in this together.  One day, we’ll be looking back on this time.  Feeling so grateful for those on the front lines working with and for all of us. So many thanks to all of you in all of these positions.  Visiting friends and family is like nothing we’ve ever experienced.  Want to share a link with you about caring for each other and how to best greet each other from Greenpeace!




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Words to Ponder

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

“When I was a boy, I would see scary things in the news.  My mother would say to me, “Look for the helper”.  You will always find people who are helping.”

– Mr Rogers  _____________________________________________________________________________________

Words from Jim

Recently I’ve shared segments of the journals from Jim’s ocean to ocean walk. This time, I share the bones of a poem Jim wrote for a friend he loved dearly, Lloyd Sumner. Some of you knew Lloyd and his wife Jean.  I met them first in 1986 or 87 at the ALDHA (Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association) gathering.

For Lloyd (5-18-96)

Now that you’ve climbed your highest mountain
Now that you’ve reached that final peak
Now that you’ve touched one last question
You can lay that ol’ body down to sleep.

You lived your life as full as any
Showed us all how it could simply be
Goin your own way, why that was plenty
You knew that settin’ out was really settin’ free

You always took the path less traveled
Knew the joy of makin’ it your own
You took what life was kind enough to give you
And knew it was never carved in stone.

One foot in front of the other
That’s how you took this world in tow
I wish I had the chance to sing you
One more song before you had to go.


— A bit about Lloyd below:

American artist Lloyd Sumner (1943-1996) was one of the earliest pioneers to use the computer solely for aesthetic means, and his publication Computer Art and Human Response (1968) was the first text devoted entirely to an individual computer art practice.  Sumner started producing computer generated pictures in 1964 when he worked at the Computer Science Center at the University of Virginia.

Sumner made a career out of his computer art by marketing his work under the title ‘Computer Creations’. He used the proceeds to fund his famous round-the-world bike ride expedition – documented in his travel memoir The Long Ride(1978).  Lloyd continued to follow his heart and write more about his adventures.

Jean moved to Virginia to live off the land with Lloyd and writes below:

By 1983 Lloyd and I had begun our craft business TreeArt as well as TreeArt Sawmilling, and on my way to becoming the first woman member of Wood-Mizer’s 100,000 board foot club, I sawed not only many board feet for our customers, but also many species of wood for our own home. The house is designed in the spiral shape of a chambered nautilus shell and contains over 250 different species of wood.

 Lloyd climbed all of the high points in the US and Jean is well on her way to completing that goal!

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