Seeing Evangeline is, as the title alludes, about
bearing witness to mystery. It is about walking down the street
and looking for the magic that may be right there in the bush
beside you. For me, this book is about being in the moment and
being present to all of the extraordinary wonders that exist in
this seemingly ordinary world. These images are everywhere,
waiting patiently for us to light them aﬁre in our imaginations.
If nothing else, these mystical figures take us outside of
ourselves for a moment and allow us to find a touch of joy in
what, before now, we have perceived as nothing. If we can find
beauty and joy in nothing, think of what we might find in
something. And who would not choose to welcome more beauty and
joy into his or her life?
I wish to provide you with an opportunity to widen your
reality and to think of nature in a new light. I also hope to
inspire in you a heightened sense of adventure. I hope Seeing
Evangeline will stimulate your imagination and your creativity,
and will encourage you to think outside the box of everyday
perception. ...I hope especially that you will join me in contemplating
death in its quiet repose. Who lingers there in the dead stalks
of winter? Will you consider the super-natural? Will you believe
in magic? Will you access the child within? Will you allow
yourself to be transported in time and in space?