February 4, 2018
I’m pleased to announce that Classical Considerations is now available in a print edition. Life’s foundational questions come elegantly to the fore in this skillfully crafted nonfiction story about the late John H. Finley, Jr.
For 51 years Finley was the celebrated and erudite Eliot Professor of the Classics at Harvard. His musings transport readers on a soul-engaging journey of contemplation. Luminous and compellingly relevant, his story leads readers into direct engagement with the fundamental wisdom questions of a fulfilled life.
Classical Considerations is a small treasure, offering a compact but brilliantly lyrical array of intellectual sparks to help kindle enduring knowledge.
December 31, 2017
I’m pleased to offer readers an engaging compilation of keys for adept aging. It’s not my wisdom, per se, but rather the wisdom of the ages gathered and curated in an easy-to-read, and poetic form. Teach Us to Number Our Days is now available in both print and ebook editions.
Would you happen to know anyone who happens to be growing older? As a gift, this small treasure can serve to uplift and enrich them as they condense their life experience in soul memory.
December 31, 2017
I’m pleased to announce that Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is now available in a print edition, as well as in a revised eBook edition.
Tales of the Whirling Rainbow is my account of some of the key myths and mysteries of the Americas, and an exploration of how those myths are resounding in real time. Drawn from sources both ancient and modern, this slender volume is a small treasure, conveying insights into key facets of North America’s unfolding saga. Read all about it.
May 9, 2015
Soul*Sparks Books is pleased to announce publication of a new book, Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as Community Cornerstones.
Over the last decades many thousands of people in all parts of the world have come to recognize in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a vehicle for approaching land, food, labor, environment and community in a healthier way. Now – in an era with increasing shadows of environmental catastrophe – it’s time to expand exponentially the CSA vision and reality.
The opportunity is before us to establish hundreds of thousands of CSA farms in nations around the world, and to thereby employ a proven, egalitarian model to address the radically changing circumstances in our environment, climate, economics, and social relationships.
By way of background: as a journalist author Steven McFadden has been writing about CSA since its inception in the USA in the late 1980s. With Trauger Groh, he is co-author of the first books on CSA: Farms of Tomorrow and Farms of Tomorrow Revisited. His other books include The Call of the Land, Profiles in Wisdom, Classical Considerations, and the epic nonfiction saga of contemporary America, Odyssey of the 8th Fire.
Awakening Community Intelligence sets out the vision and sounds is a call to action.
The book is available now in both print and ebook formats from Amazon.com. It’s also available in wide range of eBook and Smartphone formats from Smashwords.com.and for Mac devices in the iBookstore.
March 31, 2015
The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the epic, prophetic, multicultural Odyssey of the 8th Fire – a sacred walk from the Atlantic to the Pacific under the guidance of traditional elders and wisdom keepers of North America. To honor that walk, I am creating a series of memes to let people know where I have published the epic saga that tells the tale. ~ Steven McFadden (Soul*Sparks).
August 25, 2014
Throughout history most successful and long-lived civilizations have held a place of respect for elders, and benefited from their life wisdom. By and large this tradition is missing today, to the detriment not only of elders but also of society.
Each moment, each day, each one of us grows older. Thanks to medical advances and wide emphasis on personal fitness, most people will live long enough to be considered old. The average life span has, in fact, been steadily increasing since the dawn of the Twentieth Century, and this trend will likely continue in the Twenty-first Century. This reality raises some critical questions: What is the purpose of a long life? What can and should older people do with their extended years? What roles do older people have in modern societies?
As far back as five millennia ago the Greeks knew a basic life lesson that remains relevant today. Socrates put it succinctly: “the unexamined life is not worth living.”
With that foundational understanding in mind, and after a career of interviewing learned and insightful elders, I assembled an eBook of quotations, from all times and all cultures: Teach Us to Number Our Days.
My intention was to inspire readers to reflect on how we might most wisely journey through advanced maturity. I learned a lot putting the eBook together, and feel privileged to share it.
Age is very mysterious because the essence of the human being — the soul — actually never ages. It’s only the outer covering of the individual that changes.” ~ Beatrice Wood