The name of this blog is taken from a book of the same name by Sigurd Olson (see bottom of the post). The “listening point” for Olson was a secluded piece of wilderness shore on a remote lake in northern Minnesota where Olsen used to go, as he put it, “to think the long thoughts”. The “long thoughts” were the things that you just can’t think quickly, the things that you must ponder again and again, and so you need silence and solitude to think them. He eventually built a cabin there, and it became his treasured retreat and place of refreshing, and where he would write.
We all need “listening points” in our lives, places to slow, places to just be, places to listen, places to “think the long thoughts.” It is our hope that this humble spot in cyberspace will be its own sort of “listening point,” a place where we can come to listen to each other. Among the poems, stories, quotes, and personal experiences that our contributors will share here, we hope that one of these will be your sharing about your own “listening points” in your life.
Sigurd Olson was a biologist, educator, nature writer, and tireless campaigner for the preservation of wilderness. He, perhaps more than any other single person, is most responsible for the setting aside of what has come to be known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, more than one million acres along Minnesota’s border with Canada, containing more than 1000 lakes, and more than 1500 miles of canoe routes.