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Live lightly on our finite planet, advance sustainable practices, see the world and do good.
ABOUT ME, I: have always had my head in the clouds which has been both a burden and a gift; grew up on the coast of Maine with powerful seasons and a big family; have always felt a deep connection with nature and have a built in Aldo Leopold test, making sure what I am doing is bettering the natural world; attended small liberal arts colleges in New England stressing community, sustainability, and responsibility (www.coa.edu, www.sterlingcollege.edu); left a life of sailing, laughing, climbing, swimming, and learning with inner-city, underserved youth in the US (www.sailtraining.org) to work with organic farmers and indigenous wild collectors.
Changes from day to day with a few central themes: Health is wealth; Everywhere is here anytime is now: Laugh and smile, make connections, and help in some way.
'Look around you, wherever you go; these people are your teachers.' -Dr. Rich Borden, Professor of Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic
Reading moralists, extinction and deforestation statistics, or well written papers, I want to study and write; generally be studious and work hard to advance better practices.
Sharing wine with Dave and Krunch the cooks, Adam Czaplinski the poet, reading Kazantzakis, Lao Tzu, Milarepa, Abby, and Whitman I realize the important thing is to enjoy life - swimming, running, dancing - enjoying life, for the sake of life.
A quote from 'Love After Love' by Derek Walcott:
'The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror.
And each will smile at the other's welcome
saying sit down. Eat.
You will love again the stranger within yourself.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself,
to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you have ignored,
who knows you by heart.'
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Before I knew about couchsurfing I was hitchhiking and hopping freight trains all over the US, Canada and Mexico and staying in nature or with new friends. Then as now I offer a genuine smile, a keen sense of adventure and an indefatigable positivity.
I learned about couchsurfing while living in Europe and have traveled and stayed with CouchSurfers all over the world. I've stayed in many homes, from a traditional Berber cave-house in the High Atlas to an Agritourismo and WWOOFing farm in Maranello, and have had many happy times thanks to this resource and the kind of people it draws...
I like to share and have had ample opportunity to offer and take up bivouac sacks in the woods, cave houses in the mountains mansions in the hills, space on the couch, tents, backseats, campers, spare rooms, freight trains, greenhouses, docks, loosed sails, agritourism farms, cement shacks on the edge of the desert, ships, bunks, settees and hammocks.
Ethnobotany, Agroecology, Human Ecology, Ethnobiology, Traditional Sailing, Organic, Farming, Gardening, Wild Collection, Living Lightly, Being in Nature, Good Food and Good Drink, Yoga, Compost, People, Dogs, Hitchhiking, Riding Freight Trains, Philosophy, Poetry, Hard Physical Work, Music, Alternative Medicine, Non-Profit and NGO work, French,German, Contra Dancing, Religions/Spirituality, WWOOF.......
Music, Movies, and Books
Authors: EB White, Salinger, Joyce, Steinbeck, Mary Oliver, Whitman, Emerson, Thoreau, Steiner, Yogananda, Fukuoka, Scott Nearing, Gary Snyder, Barbara Kingsolver, Pollen, Diamond, Silverstein, Dahl, Rushdie...
Podcasts: Snap Judgement (Stephanie Foo, I love you), This American Life, Savage Love, San Francisco Zen Center, Audio Dharma, Thich Nhat Hanh...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Midnight freediving from our anchored ship near the Channel Islands (of California) into a mass of small common squid - blackness and phosphorescence all around me like being in space amid shooting stars.
Teach, Learn, Share
Sailing, Navigation, Wild Collection, Orienteering, Soup, Bread, Woodworking, Basic engines, Carpentry, Forestry, Metal Working, Freight Hopping, English, Bread, Organic Farming/ Gardening, Rigging, Forestry, Tools, Bike Mechanics
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Thailand, Turkey
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Germany, Laos, South Korea, Switzerland, Uganda, United States, Viet Nam