Beth has been a writer,
editor, and teacher bringing the power of story and poetry to environmental
causes. From 1992 to 2007 she edited the journal/newsletter called
Community Connections for the Minnesota Project (St. Paul, Minnesota)
and has been an editor or writer on several other well-known story-gathering
publications. She also co-taught a fall semester course at the
University of Minnesota in Environmental Ethics for seven years. In 2008, Beth became the Executive Director of the Ernest C. Oberholtzer Foundation. As the organization's sole staff, she schedules and manages the programs on Mallard Island in Rainy Lake. See the web site www.eober.org for more information regarding this current job. Beth and her husband,
Don Maronde, live in Excelsior, Minnesota.
• Pursuing the art of
words for the transformation of our human relationship to the Earth
and each other
• Touching upon spirit through words as language of hope and
• Using writing and community-building skills, focusing on food and sustainable
agriculture issues or other social and environmental causes
It is a deep joy and relief
to find words for what is truly only soul-energy. Those words—carefully
chosen words plus some quiet and intent on the part of the reader—might
then connect to the reader’s soul. Spirit to words to spirit—that
is my mission around good writing. There is a definite element of
If Yes, You are in the
- Do you want “stories”
to be a part of an upcoming project?
- Do you believe that interviewing
key individuals and documenting their reflections will strengthen
an evaluation or a current program?
- Do you have a report, document,
or booklet coming up that needs more editing attention than you
have time for?
- Do you struggle with a
major book-length project that is stuck with multiple authors
and does not flow together—one that could use a consistent
- Do you have a commemorative
event coming up that might be enhanced by a collection of stories
- Could your staff use some
short courses in written expression?
- Do you feel you could
benefit from some personal attention in the area of writing?