Celebrating Cycles Of Birth and Death While Still Living

The Wanderers : Elie Wolf

Do you happen to be that certain kind of someone who waits for life to begin later? Following certain accomplishments, after certain hardships resolve, or perhaps that most widespread of ideologies, expecting rewards and bliss in a life following this one?

The latter is one that was an attempted indoctrination of me, most of my life, but it just never sat well. Much to the dismay of relatives, I just couldn’t swallow the notions, and so I must respectfully differ with them in some cases. …


The Art Of New Beginnings

Brother Hawk was so active in the lands around the house today. He flew low, calling loudly, across the windows, beckoning me outdoors. I’d been awaiting the right moment to step outside, and charge my new, and first rune set. As I sat by the water, under the bright sun, he continued to speak throughout my ritual.

When I completed it, I came inside to do a one rune pull, my first ever, in order to do a meditation specific to whatever concept or idea might be shown to me for the day. …


My Journey From Surgeon To Wildlife Photographer (Excerpt from the upcoming book The Musings Of A 21st Century Homo sapien)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away

Medium is such a great place to read inspirational writings and obtain advice on a multitude of topics. There is no shortage of “how to” articles and diverging opinions on just what to do in order to be successful.

But you know what? I just don’t think it is a straight shot for the vast majority of us. I think a lot of times we compare ourselves to what we “ought” to be doing, according to other “experts”, when really…


An Excerpt From The Upcoming book The Musings Of A 21st Century Homo sapien

IMAGE/ART: Elie Wolf

My personal history includes being a painter. The canvases I’ve produced over the years are far too many for my wall space and have grown much too large for my vehicle to transport. I’m loving the ways that digital photography and graphic arts are allowing me to produce my paintings in pixels. It’s fun, full of potentialities, and logistically and environmentally less messy.

I’ve always said, when nurturing self-doubting artistic friends and acquaintances, that we are artists because The Universe saw fit to open these inspirational…


A Heartwarming Story About Humans Who Care (Excerpt From the Upcoming Book The Musings Of A 21st Century Homo sapien)

It is so interesting to me that on Veterans’ Day, it just so happened that the essay I was to transfer into my upcoming book, was this one — a tale of two quarreling eagles in the fight for their lives. I couldn’t help but consider the state of our country, and the numerous parallels. Humans typically believe their address, and their events in space-time are unique, but any student of history can find relevant historical events that tend to…


Why Folks Like Me Aren’t As Popular As Career Coaches (Excerpt from the upcoming book The Musings Of A 21st Century Homo sapien)

Come on now — admit it — we’re just no fun. We’re fad-like sometimes, in that being a “green” promoter can be seen as cool. But when it comes right down to it, we seem to be viewed as a pain in the ass. We aren’t too interested in telling you how to optimize your morning routine and productivity. We aren’t interested in telling you how to make more money and keep yourself seeming valuable to a…


A Counter-intuitive Mantra For An Ultra Fast-Paced Culture (from the upcoming book The Musings Of A 21st Century Homo sapien)

From the series “THIS WAY COME” — a path through the forest at Lake Lotus Park, Elie Wolf

As I sat in meditation last night, it came to me:

There is nowhere to arrive.

You might wonder if I hear voices.

No. I’d say it’s more like the emergence of an idea — spoken, yes, but somehow not — just being offered as advice for me to consider.

So consider it I will. For this entire week, I will keep it close, and I will turn it over in my mind. …


Excerpt From The Upcoming Book, Musings Of A 21st Century Homo sapien

“First, be a good animal.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a “good” animal? The descriptive “good” is highly subjective, so let’s start with successful.

First, be a successful animal.

But how to define successful?

That’s personal and unique too. For me, it goes something like this. My current state is that of a human primate in the modern era. I need to have my basic needs met like any other animal. I need food, shelter, and the ability to protect myself and my loved ones. Once those…

Elie Wolf

amateur wildlife & conservation photographer. naturalist. the girl with the alligator tattoo.

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