Elayne W. Fitzpatrick

ELAYNE WAREING FITZPATRICK (BA English, MS Philosophy) is a veteran journalist and ‘catalyst’ in the Humanities Division of Monterey Peninsula College on California’s Big Sur-Monterey coast.  She has been sharing vital ‘wisdom of the ages’ with students there since 1974 when she left her native Utah to teach at the College and live an agrarian life in Carmel Valley.  A passion for investigative journalism has sparked her to travel to -- and write about -- some of the world’s most charming places still unspoiled by crass industrial development. 

‘BARNKEEPER FITZPATRICK’ INVITES – AND WILL RESPOND TO – SINCERE COMMUNICATION VIA E-MAIL, whether for ‘Barn’ rentals, comments and critiques (or even an occasional ‘blog’) about philosophy, books, website content, or inquiries about lecture bookings and possible ‘salons.’  You may phone her at (831) 659-3947 or reach her by email:  ewfbrae2@aol.com.

about the author Humanities 10 Class Companion: Exploration of Values
 
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QUESTING FOR VALUES: The Humanities as a Foundation for Happiness

This is an illustrated 364-page philosophic journey intended to encourage college students – and ‘searchers’ of all ages – to examine their own beliefs and values in relation to some enduring ‘wisdom of the ages.’ Readings are divided into seven units: Examining and Evaluating; Philosophy as the Pursuit of Happiness, by-product of ‘Doing the Right Thing’; What About God? Nature Mysticism and Science; Metaphorical Power of Myths and Stories; Fate, Freedom, and Creativity; and Balancing ‘Head and Heart’ in our High Tech, Politicized Society.

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TRAVELLING BACKWARD: Curious Journeys and Quixotic Quests Beyond the Youth of Old Age

This elegant 2014 coffee table-style book is an expanded, edition, in vibrant color, of the author’s 2009 black and white edition, Traveling Backward. The book is a highly original philosophic romp, beyond the youth of old age, with a quixotic ‘journalist turned mom turned academic turned peasant’ -- a lighthearted guide to the wisdom of the ages – from Socrates to Existentialism and beyond – gleaned during the author’s struggle to recover the images that first touched her heart and to answer two basic questions: Who am I really? What is this life all about? The book is a vibrant, occasionally poignant, journey, studded with aphorisms, that encourages readers look at life through the reverent, curious eyes of the child they once were.

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CURIOUS JOURNEYS AND QUIXOTIC QUESTS BEYOND THE YOUTH OF OLD AGE

A more affordable (but still beautiful) edition of the elegant Travelling Backward coffee table book. Now available in full color or black and white, it’s the same ‘philosophic romp’ with the ‘Don Quixote and Zorba the Greek’ intoxicated journalist who believes that life is about taking in, turning over, and giving back. By means of essays, aphorisms, and some time-tested poetry – in concert with photo-impressions of poetic locales around the globe – the author shares life-affirming wisdom, from Socrates to Existentialism and beyond, gleaned during a lifetime of questing. Spirited, and occasionally poignant, the book reveals the author’s life-long struggle for a satisfying concept of God and follows her global journeys to recover – and live out – idyllic images that first touched her heart. She challenges readers to transform their lives and dare to see the world through the eyes of the playful, up-front child they once were.

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TRAVELING BACKWARD: Curious Journeys and Quixotic Quests Beyond the Youth of Old Age

This is the original (2009) black and white version of the revised and expanded coffee table books described above.

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OUR QUIXOTIC ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON: Noble Rascal, Expiring Wanderer, Arch Bohemian, Prince of Storytellers

At once biographical and philosophical, this book is a love story vividly detailing the quixotic adventure-filled years that Stevenson – a prototype for Sir James M. Barrie’s Peter Pan -- spent with his stormy sidekick Fanny in France, California, England, and eventually Western Samoa. It’s a kind of ‘ethics for rascals’ offering ‘hints for glad living’ from the cradle to the grave. What’s more, there’s an appendix full of surprises and verses, including a long visit with the French poet hailed as ‘King of the Vagabonds’ -- Francois Villon – (whom Stevenson admired and wrote about) and a tribute to the school named after R.L.S. in Pebble Beach, California.

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NATURE WISDOM: Mystical Writers of the Big Sur-Monterey Coast (Affordable 2014 edition)

This is a charming new coffee table version – illustrated in full color – of the author’s original, more expensive, book by the same name (2011) and a smaller black and white edition, Shepherds of Pan on the Big Sur-Monterey Coast (2000). All the books are a medley of provocative essays about the perennial philosophy linking some unlikely bedfellows: Richard Henry Dana, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gertrude Atherton, Jack London and ‘The Bunch,’ Robinson Jeffers, Jaime de Angulo, John Steinbeck, Eric Barker, and Henry Miller with a tribute to the ‘blood conscious’ mysticism of D. H. Lawrence and a postscript on the ‘organic psychology’ of William James. Under the spell of the alternately soft and violent landscape of California’s Big Sur-Monterey Coast, these writers intuited the awesome power of divinity in Nature and became what the author calls shepherds of Pan, defenders of the ancient Greeks’ metaphorical pipe-playing, hoof-stomping God of Nature, wellspring of our inner joy and psychic wholeness.

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NATURE WISDOM: Mystical Writers of the Big Sur-Monterey Coast (original 2011 coffee table Xlibris book)

This is the author’s first -- and more expensive -- coffee table book -- beautifully illustrated in full color -- about a form of mystical spirituality that transcends dogma. It’s a medley of provocative essays about the perennial philosophy linking unlikely bedfellows whose lives were transformed under the spell of the alternately soft and violent Big Sur-Monterey coast. The author describes it as a “multi-colored meditation on a deeply rooted, and often overlooked, all-too-human need to reconnect with Nature, wellspring of our inner joy and psychic wholeness.”

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DOING IT WITH THE COSMOS: Henry Miller’s Big Sur Struggle for Love Beyond Sex

Henry Valentine Miller’s joyful involvement with the Big Sur wilderness transformed a near-manic preoccupation with sex into a transcending love affair with the cosmos. To Miller, Big Sur became ‘the face of the world as the Creator intended it to look.’ Convinced that merely earning a living in cities was not really living, he put down roots on this coast and lived serenely, despite chronic troubles with women. This book details Miller’s spiritual odyssey from Brooklyn to Paris, through Greece to Big Sur -- and his reluctant return to Los Angeles where his spiritual transformation enabled him to transcend even this arch ‘urban ant heap’.

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ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’S ETHICS FOR RASCALS

In 1879, Robert Louis Stevenson -- best known for writing The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island – left his home in Scotland and crossed ocean and plains to Monterey, California, to rescue the woman he loved from a philandering husband. He succeeded. And they eventually settled together in a ‘Neverland’ of their own in Western Samoa. This book – at once biographical and philosophical -- is a love story vividly detailing the quixotic, adventure-dotted years that Stevenson – a prototype for Sir James M. Barrie’s Peter Pan -- spent with his stormy sidekick Fanny. This charming book shares Stevenson’s ‘hints for glad living’ from the cradle to the grave.

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SHEPHERDS OF PAN ON THE BIG SUR-MONTEREY COAST

This is the original version of lively, literate essays about ‘Nature wisdom linking some unlikely bedfellows’ including Richard Henry Dana, Robert Louis Stevenson, Gertrude Atherton, Jack London and his ‘Bunch’, Robinson Jeffers, Jaime de Angulo, John Steinbeck, Eric Barker, D. H. Lawrence, and Henry Miller. They all came to perceive divinity in the awesome, double-dealing power of Nature (symbolized by the Greek god Pan) on California’s Big Sur-Monterey coast. This book is a multi-colored meditation on a deeply rooted – and often overlooked – human ned to reconnet with Nature, wellspring of our inner joy and psychic wholeness

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BEYOND SURVIVAL: The Art of Being Fully Human

This gigantic book (almost two inches thick) is about everything that can make an individual’s life worth living, beyond what it takes to make a living. It’s an overall education in The Humanities, a compilation of what Monterey Peninsula College professors, Elayne Wareing Fitzpatrick and Sidney Ramsden-Scott, consider the best of selected editions of Janaro and Altshuler’s classic text, The Art of Being Human. The book is designed to whet individual appetites for exploring the wisdom of the ages by stressing the importance of thinking critically about value choices in philosophy, psychology, ethics, religion, mythology, love, aesthetics (theater, music, dance, literature, art, personal creativity, and our connections with nature, the sciences, and technology). Included are pertinent Supplemental Readings from Fitzpatrick’s files of the past three decades.

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