Read: Natural Born Heroes

A few years ago Christopher McDougall published a book titled “Born to Run.” Shortly thereafter I began to see people running barefoot around the streets and trails of Southern California. “What the heck,” I remember wondering. The popularity of the … Read More

Read: American War

Omar El Akkad gets it right. A slight trend toward the World War Z style story but American War builds upon this idea with its own personal flair. A fictional future, a what if? A second Civil War fueled by … Read More

Read: Without You, There Is No Us

This is quite a book. Suki Kim is a journalist who went undercover teaching the children of the North Korean elite. Ya, talk about not wanting to screw up. Several things I took away. First, the population is split between … Read More

Read: The Road to Little Dribbling

Everyone needs a Bryson book from time to time. Just seeing his name makes me laugh, and he has the skill to poke fun at us, them and himself while never truly offending anyone, at least anyone that matters. “The … Read More

Creative: Traces

He was embarrassed. Mostly with himself and the never-ending range of broken promises. The angst from these came in the form of a burning sensation in his chest. They forced him to talk to himself, pleading and promising he would … Read More

Read: The Origins of Creativity

Edward O. Wilson managed to win not one Pulitzer but two. That is no easy feat. And yet there he is. The Origins of Creativity seemed like a good book to investigate. After all, I’m supposed to be this creative … Read More

Read: Bhagavad Gita

Okay, much more on this in the near future. But for now, just know I’m not a religious person, at all, nor would I consider myself that spiritual. Nature has always been my temple, church, ashram if you will. However, … Read More

Read: The Great Work of Your Life

I found Stephen Cope a few years ago through his wonderful book The Wisdom of Yoga. The book I’m featuring here, The Great Work of Your Life, isn’t as great as The Wisdom of Yoga, but it is still a … Read More

Read: The Tao of Bill Murray

I don’t think this is a great book. But I needed this book. The first half is better than the second half, and there IS something to take away from this book, which is what the author attempts to get … Read More

Read: A Whale for the Killing

I love Farley Mowat. Never Cry Wolf, People of the Deer, The Snow Walker, etc. He was a national treasure. Sadly not ours. Damn Canadians. But not unlike a lot of other folks who ended up being labeled as an … Read More

Creative: For What It’s Worth, Episode 001

Just what you needed. Another podcast. I’m here to help. “For What It’s Worth,” is my new podcast series where I talk about all the things people have never asked me to talk about. Politics, the environment, cycling, adventure, humanity … Read More

Read: Into the Silence

This is one of the best adventure books I’ve ever read. But get this my friends, this book is DENSE. In a good way. Into the Silence by Wade Davis details the potentially failed 1924 Everest summit attempt that claimed … Read More

Read: Station Eleven

Nearly to the end of chapter two I found myself asking “Why am I reading this?” And then I read the last sentence. Holy sh%$. This book was good, really good. But there is an underlying message I can’t help … Read More

Read: Nomadland

Yes, there is all kinds of phony shit regarding hipsters and van life. In fact the hashtag #vanlife went on to become something of a phenomenon. But, most of it is total bullshit. However, there is a rapidly growing segment … Read More

Read: Physics of the Future

I have no business liking physics. When I tell you I am mathematically illiterate just know I’m not making a joke or being self-deprecating. I suck at math. But for some reason, physics always made sense. So when I found … Read More

Read: Enrique’s Journey

la guerra sin nombre, the war with no name. This is a heartbreaking book. As someone who has worked on the border, crossed over legally and perhaps otherwise over the years, I can say I still only know a tiny … Read More

Read: Killers of the Flower Moon

This book is heartbreaking but entirely in line with what you would expect when it comes to the white man encountering Native Americans. Let me try to summarize without butchering the plot. The Osage. A tribe we boot off their … Read More