Questions to Ponder at Year’s End

Dee Seton Barber wrote volumes of poetry. This one we share as 2021 ends. (Originally published in Woodcraft is Lifecraft, 2nd Annual International Woodcraft Communication, 1993.)

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Dee Seton Barber in Japan 1976

At Year’s End – The Woodcraft Way
by Dee Seton Barber

Have I grown in wisdom – tried to understand?
Given of myself – offered all an open hand?
Have I rendered service freely from the heart?
Have I made a difference or at least a start?

Is someone stronger ’cause I let them know I care?
Have I done my best to share all that I can share?
Have I kept a secret to spare another pain?
Did I do all that I could without a thought of gain?

Have I learned a lesson, taught myself a skill?
Have I helped another or just acted from my will?
Have I made a friend – paid in full my debt?
Can I sleep tonight without dwelling on regret?

Have I played in sunshine – have I walked in rain?
If the year was new would I do it all again?
Have I looked for wonder at both sky and ground?
Have I taught another of something I have found?

Have I learned to cherish something of real worth?
Have I not been greedy – protected, cleaned the earth?
Is my vision clearer – have I kept the trail?
Granted self forgiveness for the times when I did fail?

Have I sought the silence to listen to my soul?
Am I any nearer to becoming whole?
Am I looking forward and backward without fear?
Have I now determined to do better still next year?


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Loren Baum Hintz – Woodcrafter and WWII Pilot

An update…The Hintz/Wronka family have produced a film on Loren’s life titled “Finding Loren”. It has a section on his work with Seton and Woodcraft in Santa Fe and in Los Angeles. Google “Finding Loren” to learn more.

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Loren Hintz became woodcrafter as a teenager and spent three summers at the College of Indian Wisdom 1933 – 1935. He was a dancer, writer, actor, and loved life.  He was a pilot during WWII and on April 21, 1945, at age 27, his plane was shot down in Italy.

This poem, from Loren’s book of poems Youth Dreams (1937), is offered here to commemorate his short life on the anniversary of his death. The poem is published with permission from Gretchen Hintz Wronka, his daughter and in memory of Martin Hintz, his son.  Thanks to Pam Percy for contacting the Institute and letting us know about Loren.

CHURCHESMt. Thompson-Seton, Czech Republic

Man has built mighty cathedrals, 
Cathedrals with painted windows, 
   marble pillars built with the costliest of stone–
Cathedrals decorated by master artists
   with paintings and with statuary,
And are very beautiful,
   these man made temples of worship to G_d.
And man has said, the only way to worship 
   is in a temple built with gold.

But G_d has built a mightier cathedral,
   a cathedral older than man,–
A temple such as man would not think of building,
Such as he could not build, if he would. 

G_d’s temple is the out-of-doors.
It is all nature:
The great forests, the mighty mountains,
   the rivers, lakes, the ocean,
           and all of life.

If G-D made all of this,
Would it not be better to worship in His temple
Than in the small, insignificant structures
   built by man?