Ivan's Place
In honor of the greatest moralist who never lived
Copyright © 2004 by Bill Becker

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Mineral King, California
Sawtooth Peak, East side                      Sawtooth Peak, West side

My name is Bill Becker, and I live in rural California.

This site is named in honor of Ivan Karamazov, my alter ego. To get an idea of what that means, you must read two chapters in The Brothers Karamazov:   Rebellion, followed immediately by The Grand Inquisitor. (This is a PDF file, which requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the reader.)

Ivan's Place is dedicated to all of the beautiful and loving people with whom I have worked in the peace and justice movement over the years. They have been my inspiration, and whatever strength and stamina I have been able to muster, I owe largely to them. I am deeply, profoundly, inexpressibly grateful for their being in the world.     Nevertheless, I tried:

Those who work for peace with justice
"the public form of love"
as it has been called
more than speak the truth.

Whether known or obscure
they are themselves refutations
of the lies of the violent
(many have paid the ultimate price).

And so, my friend
even when we first meet
do we not surely know each other
after only a few words are spoken?

Your being there gives me hope
less than helps me to know
that not yet do I need
to feel completely alone.

Unless otherwise designated, all photographs on this website are mine. All others were taken with my camera(s) and my film, and I took all the pictures except those with me in them.

If you like what you see on my website, I will of course appreciate any small donation you might make to help defray expenses. Just click on the Donate button below to go to a secure PayPal donation page. In any case, thanks for visiting, and I hope you will find the site useful.        —Bill Becker
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