About Avrel’s Blog

Welcome to The Trailhead. The trails lead in lots of directions from here.

I’m a writer and musician living in Austin, Texas. I’m a writer and editor by profession, a husband, and a dad to three sons, which occupies most of my time. With whatever’s left over, I enjoy writing, mostly nonfiction. I’ve written nine books to date and written four screenplays, one of which I produced as an indie film with a friend.

My interests are an eclectic mix of the natural — hiking and outdoorsmanship — the preternatural — investigating the world’s many astonishing and persistent mysteries, such as UFOs, lost civilizations, and, especially, the sasquatch — and the supernatural — the life and growth of the spirit, the afterlife, the existence of worlds beyond our own, and love.

I’m drawn to exploring the ways these three worlds intersect, act on one another, and mirror each other. My first book, The Hull, the Sail, and the Rudder, uses my experience building and sailing a little wooden boat as a metaphor for the three-fold nature of human life: the body, mind, and soul. Another book on spirituality, The Tree, is an extended simile looking at the many ways trees reflect the human spirit in the natural world. I’m a Baha’i, and I spend as much time as I can writing and speaking to others about the Baha’i Faith. As a Baha’i, I believe the principles of this new global religion (many of which are common to others) are what will unify and ultimately save human civilization.

Likewise, I’m fascinated by the many parallels between seekers of truth in the preternatural world (UFO investigators, bigfoot researchers) and seekers of truth in the spiritual/religious world: Both require belief in things that exist outside our everyday frame of reference; both require patience and steadfastness in the face of ridicule; both are fraught with misunderstanding; both evince great earnestness by the majority; and both are prone to occasional poisoning by the fraud of a few. I take a deep dive into this in my 2017 memoir Monster Hike, published by Anomalist Books.

My writing includes essays, commentary, memoir, humor, and some poetry. (I’m the proud son of Texas Poet Laureate Jan Seale, so I attempt poetry very much against my better judgment.) Additionally you might see an occasional attempt at an infographic about one or another of my areas of interest.

In 2018, I survived a major hemorrhagic stroke, and the experience of that stroke and my efforts to recover from it have provided the subject of my current book project.

So you’ll find poems and essays, performance videos and infographics, photos, and external links to things I find interesting. My other major avocation is music, and especially guitar.

Thanks for visiting, God bless, and Hook ’em Horns!


6 comments on “About Avrel’s Blog

  1. Linda Montgomery says:

    wonderful site

  2. Sandra Peters says:

    I found a gem – thank you.

  3. Dear Mr. Avrel Seale,

    I’ve just came across your wonderful Baha’i infographic posted at https://avrelseale.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/bahai-faith-101-infographic/

    How can we have it available in Russian?
    We are ready to translate it and share it with Russian speaking friends. Can you upload an original file somewhere and send us a link at bahai@email.ru? Or we may give you access to ftp server so you can upload it directly to us.

    Please contact us at bahai@email.ru

    Best regards,

    Anton Bronnikov

    • Avrel Seale says:

      Thanks so much, and sorry for the delayed reply. Unfortunately, I no longer have the application in which the graphic was created and so cannot upload the original file. For what it’s worth, you are welcome to copy the idea and recreate it in Russian yourself. Thanks again for the kind words, Anton.

  4. tess1844 says:

    Hi, Avrel–

    I just read your article about C.S. Lewis for Baha’iteachings.org. Unsuccessful and leaving a comment there, I will try again here.

    You made an amazing connection between the concept progressive revelation and these lines about Narnia’s Aslan:

    “He’ll be coming and going’ he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down — and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”

    This correlation made me say, “Wow!” out loud. It’s been a long time since I’ve read Lewis, but he was a very big part of my spiritual journey as well. I became a Baha’i more than two decades ago and still think of so many lessons learned from Lewis, especially back in my high school and college days. It almost gave me goosebumps to read what you wrote. Thank you!

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