A novelist creates fictional characters and moves them through an imaginary landscape. Over the past fifty years, I have wandered through real landscapes, full of joy and wonder and often fraught with physical hardship and danger. My books recount this physical and spiritual journey from the chemistry laboratory, to my career as a textbook writer, to the present -- where I am exploring the beauty and functional utility of alternative ways of perceiving and living in this world.
Speaking is a performance art, combining storytelling, imagery, and motion. In the past three years, I’ve given almost 200 performances, ranging from prestigious venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, Mountain Film in Telluride, and Yale University. My performances generate over-the-top enthusiasm because they are thought-provoking, lively, and fun, because they inspire people to be inspired, because they reach deep into our subconscious — the spiritual value of a reciprocal relationship with nature.
Over the past few years, I have worked with Weber Dance Company
, from Boston, to develop, produce, and perform a joint storytelling/dance performance called Synchronicity and the Sacred Space.
Through storytelling and dance, this performance probes the strange landscape where scientific thought encounters the unknown, and human perception and reality are fluid partners.
I love my work, but I am also protective of my free time, which is divided between my life, with my wife Nina, in our small house/cabin in the Bitterroot Mountains of western Montana and my expeditions.