Lane Marie deMoll
BORN: July 10, 1949 at 6:38 PM in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Cancer Sun | Capricorn Moon | Sagittarius Rising
I am a teacher, community organizer, artist, writer and tarot reader, among other things. You can find out about all of these aspects of me on this website, but to summarize:
Since 1977 my partner, Tom Bender (tombender.org), and I have lived on Neahkahnie Mountain in a house we built overlooking the ocean in a small community on the north Oregon Coast. He’s a visionary architect and writer. We’ve been together since 1971, but for various reasons both rational and non-rational we actually got married in 1995 when our two sons were teenagers.
Tom and I share a passion for bringing alive our longtime vision of sustainable community, first developed together in the 70’s when we were part of a group in Portland editing RAIN: Journal of Appropriate Technology. Thinking globally and acting locally at the coast, we helped start Fire Mountain School for our kids in 1982, with a group of parents. I taught there for 12 years. It’s virtually a one-room school house (which we all built) and is still going strong, now with some second generation kids. After a year off, in 1996 I helped take over and run the town dump, turning it into Cart’m Recycling, an innovative recycling/reuse/trash art center. Next Tom and I helped set up a local conservancy land trust called Lower Nehalem Community Trust, then NeahCasa, a project to develop affordable workforce housing in the form of a community housing trust (or CLT) and Fulcrum Community Resources, an organization quietly fostering other sustainability projects here locally. These last two occupied us intensely for several years and we are still involved there but as of 2010 are focusing more on our personal creative efforts and on a slow growing community development project on land we own in Nehalem called Coyote Ridge.
I enjoy the starting up/fundraising process but tend to move on when it gets time for personnel policies and the like. Luckily there always seem to be others who stick with it or step in to take over for the long haul.
Over the years we have been part of a Full Moon drumming circle and various spiritual ritual and healing groups. We’re also an active part of the local yoga community. I do tarot readings when asked and am a budding herbalist, my current interest being making flower and stone essences as Lane’s Greenwitch Garden.
In 1995 – on the verge of menopause I took up painting as a self-discovery process. I often refer to my paintings as “shamanic inner landscapes.” I’ve since had several shows – mostly self-produced. Getting that work out is what inspired this website in 2007.
Since 2009 I have been working slowly and intermittently on a novel about sustainable community that looks very much like the one i live in… See installments on my What If Can Be website.
I use as my modus an Emile Zola quote: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you, ‘I am here to live out loud.'”
Onward and upward. And we’ll see what happens next!
38755 Reed Road
Nehalem, Oregon 97131