"Everything is connected, and the web is holy. So wrote Marcus Aurelius, the starting point of Sharman Apt Russells wise and haunting new memoir about her life as a pantheist. In Standing in the Light, Russell explores the history of this tradition from the Stoic philosophers to the Transcendentalists while reflecting on her own life during a year spent in the mountains and desert of southwestern New Mexico. Nature provides the inspiration for meditations on subjects ranging from Buddhist thought to the death of her father, from global warming to the ineffable loneliness of human experience. With a humane heart, an inquisitive mind, and an astounding fluency of prose, Sharman Apt Russell invites skeptics, scientists, and seekers everywhere to join her in her exploration of the soul of pantheism.
Sharman Apt Russell is the author of several books of natural history, including An Obsession with Butterflies and Songs of the Fluteplayer, winner of the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has written for publications including Orion and Discover, and currently contributes to OnEarth, the magazine for the National Resource Defense Council. She teaches writing at Western New Mexico University and at Antioch University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in Silver City, New Mexico.