Thank you very much for the great review.
The sad part of this story is that Tanya opened the world of “life beyond
life,” as Marshal described it to Margaret (he had told Margaret that she had
opened the world of life to him).
In his journey with Tanya he became a more spiritual person, seeing God in
nature (the burning bush you mention and also in the very seasons of the
desert), and relishing the simple pleasures of life. In his journey he became
the optimist and tried to find good in everything. He was a romantic—a modern
day Don Quixote. He most certainly was inspired by Tanya’s religious poetry.
In the end he gravitated in thought and religious philosophy toward what Tanya
had set as an original goal—a desert home surrounded by peace and the presence
of God—and somehow in the difficult life of Yaquitepec she began focusing more
on the hardships than on God, on how much she was suffering.
She had written in the Rosicrucian
Magazine before she had met Marshal that suffering was a way of evolving
and getting closer to God. How odd it is that in the end the more forgiving,
loving, and generous person turned out to be Marshal. When the family broke up,
Marshal accepted it stoically even though it shattered all his dreams of what
could be. He took what was left of his life and tried to make the best of it
while turning to the desert for healing and love.
Tanya, ever pragmatic, made sure her children were taken care of in the way she
thought was best for them, and when that job was done, she withdrew from those
who offered her love and embraced her bitterness and anger toward Marshal, never
letting it go....
And yes, it was a space consideration not to include Tanya’s writings in Desert
—Diana Lindsay, editor,Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain
Chronicles, Feb. 19, 2005