sand . . . sky . . . mountain . . .
wind . . . ocean . . .
These are some of the images interspersed throughout the writings of Linda Haffner Binley. Seen through the framework of the natural world, Linda explores themes she sees illustrated by nature, such as beauty revealed through adversity’s refining process, personal rhythms rediscovered in the wild, and the stripping of what is extraneous to get back to the true elemental essence.
Linda describes the connections between humans against the backdrop of nature’s web of interconnection: parent to child; friend to friend; lover and spouse. Her writing describes the divine of the serendipitous, how a fleeting moment in time can also be powerful and life-changing, whether in solitude, between people, or in the company of nature’s wild citizens.
Paying close attention to the natural world, Linda paints a deep picture that goes beyond the tangible. She sees the spirit beneath the physical. The images she describes connect and color the people and moments of her stories, bringing to the surface a profound impression of what the natural world reveals to us.
Linda has collected beach glass up and down the west coast of North America for more than three decades, on shores stretching from the rocky San Juan Islands of Washington, to sunlit Laguna Beach, to the isolated tip of Baja California, Mexico. Beach Glass: Finding New Beauty in What Survives the Storm describes those beaches and tells the stories of those hunts, and of the souls who discovered treasure alongside her.