In the Media

Below you will find a collection of articles, blog entries, and other information about Mary Lou.

Trillium do not bloom for long, but their beauty can last forever

Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Trillium do not bloom for long, but their beauty can last forever

Trillium do not bloom for long, but their beauty can last forever

By Carolyn Kortge
Published in The Register-Guard, 10/5/14.

For years, Mary Lou Goertzen greeted the arrival of spring in the wooded landscape around her home with an artist’s pen and sketch pad in hand.

She began with the lone crocus pushing a purple bud through the wet soil at a corner of the former schoolhouse where she lives. Next came the trillium behind her home, nestled in the quiet forest up Deadwood Creek Road about 60 miles west of Eugene.

After the trillium came the blue hydrangeas and on to the rose hips of fall. Then she turned her gaze on the woodpile, the bed, the blue wash pan in the kitchen.

“I drew everything,” she says. “I was drawing my life.”

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Kind, True and Necessary

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Kind, True and Necessary

A Full Length Documentary by James Knight (2006)

“There are holy places in the world; Machu Pichu is one. Mary Lou and Ernie are the human equivalent. They embody spirit.”

Kind, True and Necessary captures the life story and daily life of two exceptional people. Mary Lou and Ernie Goertzen are artists and peace activists who live a life of elegance and simplicity deep in the Oregon woods. The film follows them from strict Mennonite childhoods in Kansas, through their courtship and 50 years of marriage. In Berkeley in the ’60s we see their activism ignited as they hide soldiers AWOL from Vietnam and meet the Reverend Martin Luther King. As we hear their moving life story we watch the beauty and simplicity of their daily life unfold.

Mary Lou and Ernie’s art, compassion and philosophy of loving kindness have touched many people in the course of their lives. Now it’s your turn.

The Crepes that Crossed the Atlantic

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on The Crepes that Crossed the Atlantic

The Crepes that Crossed the Atlantic

An 82-year-old Mennonite turned Berkeley artist shares her fascinating story as we cook an ancient family recipe.

Published in Salon, 11/5/11.

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First Lady of Deadwood: Pioneer of the Eugene “Sixties Thang” Still Going Strong

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on First Lady of Deadwood: Pioneer of the Eugene “Sixties Thang” Still Going Strong

First Lady of Deadwood: Pioneer of the Eugene “Sixties Thang” Still Going Strong

A vintage leather peace pendant hangs around her neck as if it were a sign proclaiming “original Hippie.” Friends who’ve known Mary Lou Goertzen for upwards of 30 or more years said they can’t remember at time when she didn’t wear this iconic symbol of the 1960s counterculture movement.

Published in examiner.com, 4/8/10.

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Original Artist Restores Mural in Henderson

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Original Artist Restores Mural in Henderson

Original Artist Restores Mural in Henderson

When she was 27 years old, Mary Lou Goertzen looked at the blank wall just inside the entrance of the brand new Henderson Community School, and had an artistic epiphany.

Published in York News-Times, 10/16/09.

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Heartland School Mural in Danger of Being Painted Over

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Heartland School Mural in Danger of Being Painted Over

Heartland School Mural in Danger of Being Painted Over

The mural is a collage of images — a Bible, a corn stalk, books — that depict life at Heartland Community School and in Henderson, a farming community in southwest York County with strong Mennonite ties.

Published in JournalStar.com, 2/25/09.

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Simplicity of a Flower, Complexity of a Fantasy

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Simplicity of a Flower, Complexity of a Fantasy

Simplicity of a Flower, Complexity of a Fantasy

The first trillium that Mary Lou Goertzen ever saw was in a dishpan. That was in the spring of 1976, shortly after her family moved to Oregon and settled into an empty one-room schoolhouse in Deadwood.

Published in The Register-Guard, Eugene, OR, 4/15/84.

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A Heart Message from Mary Lou and Ernie

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on A Heart Message from Mary Lou and Ernie

Personal blog published 7/18/13.

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Getting to Know Mary Lou

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Getting to Know Mary Lou

Getting to Know Mary Lou

Personal blog published 3/14/13.

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Mothers prefer love over attachment parenting in Deadwood on Mother’s Day

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Articles | Comments Off on Mothers prefer love over attachment parenting in Deadwood on Mother’s Day

By Dave Masko, 5/11/12.

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