Author Archive

Sea of Faith

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Sea of Faith by John Brehm Once when I was teaching “Dover Beach” to a class of freshmen, a young woman raised her hand and said, “I’m confused about this ‘Sea of Faith.’” “Well,” I said, “let’s talk about it. We probably need to talk a bit about figurative language. What confuses you about it?” […]

Hope > Fear

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Fallen Light

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

It has been a dark, obsessive month, so I went to the well and read the poets I can read over and over not just to take pleasure in their language but more so in what they have to say. “Captain Fiction” Gordon Lish once said a short story must mean something to a reader, […]


Monday, October 27th, 2008

Winter Wildlands Alliance

Friday, October 24th, 2008

I’ll be speaking on the media panel at the Winter Wildlands Alliance Grassroots Advocacy Conference tonight. The topic will be how local non-motorized advocates can pitch travel plan issues to the media, bringing together my experiences both as a writer and working for the Forest Service. Though it does not sound sexy, it’s a critical […]


Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I have been too busy working to update the site much recently—but as all writing requires a fair bit of procrastination, I have been reading a lot. Here are some highlights: Krugman saw it all coming—in 2005. What Bradley effect? Meet Lance’s mountain biking better. Rats jumping overboard or welcome to the Keynesian Renaissance, my […]

Lou Dawson Likes Me…

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

… or at least he respected the opinions I espoused on the future of mountain bikes, roadless areas, and wilderness: It’s about time someone on the enviro side said out loud that the Roadless Rule has an element of bogosity. In that vein, Doug concludes that we perhaps need “a complete rethinking of the concept […]

Travel Writing Tips

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I’ll be speaking on the “Top 10 Tips for Making a Living as a Freelance Travel Writer” at the Magazine Conference here in Boulder, September 12–14. Let me know if any of you current/former freelancers out there have any stories I can add to the presentation.

What’s Up?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Base Camp Communications was generous enough to document the insanity of my life as a freelancer… LINK photo courtesy Chris Thompson


Monday, June 23rd, 2008

“Transmission sent from a Turkish used furniture store while waiting for a Lebanese guy to turn up and show me an old VW van he has for sale…”