HOPEFUL ANSWERS TO ANGUISHED QUESTIONS
Author Wallace Stegner once said every book should try to answer an anguished question. During my career, I’ve tried to answer a variety of anguished questions through my writing, photography, and activism ranging over the fields of archaeology, history, conservation, the radical center, regenerative agriculture, and climate change.
Core questions emerged early: what is land for? How should we use it properly? How should we live? How do we bridge divides? How can humans and nature coexist? Over time, as the scale of our accelerating impact on the planet increased, new anguished questions arose: can we restrain ourselves? How do we build resilience? What are the nature-based solutions to climate change?
I didn’t follow a prepared path in seeking answers. My original interests focused on archaeology, conservation, the American West, and visual arts. With the Quivira Coalition, I became active in the social change movement and helped promote hopeful answers that I found among the grassroots.
I’ve produced creative work in many formats: two fine art photography projects ~ a history book ~ a peer-reviewed archaeology paper ~ two nonfiction books on climate solutions ~ a play ~ a nonprofit organization ~ three book collections of essays ~ two blogs ~ three columns ~ a time-travel novel ~ a mystery novel ~ a professional journal ~ two lectures ~ coauthored books ~ and a ton of ideas.
My work falls into two phases: A WEST THAT WORKS (1988-2005) focused on archaeology, collaborative conservation, progressive ranching, and land use. THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES (2006 to present) tackles resilience, regeneration, and other global concerns as we head into our unprecedented future.