When I was twenty-one, a neighbor asked, “Do you know what you want to be?” When I replied, “I think I want to be a writer,” he asked, “Do you have an idea?” When I said no, he told me, “When you get an idea that won’t let go, that’s when you’ll be a writer.” The idea and vision that made me a writer came nine years later in 1979. Since then, my life has been predicated on the principle that an artist must go where the work leads for the work to come alive.

Today, I am close to completing the book that I have always dreamt of writing. The working title is The Story We Are Living: Reimagining History from 10,000 BCE to the Present. It analyzes patterns in the dynamic of culture which provide evidence that we (the parts of humanity) collectively are working toward a common goal. The objective is to restore trust in where the world is headed and restore humanity’s self-confidence.

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What is it like,
Old snow-goose flying by,
To have a wishbone?

In 1979, I knew nothing of the writing life or where the work would lead. Annie Dillard advised me to begin by writing poetry. My first work, The Crystal Gazer, a collection of autobiographical poems (Bellowing Ark Press, 1987), was awarded the 1986 Original Works Project grant by the Seattle Arts Commission. It is no longer in print.

Click here for a list of publications, which includes links to sources and a few pdfs (philosophical essays, books to which I have contributed chapters, and articles on leadership and artistic mastery written on behalf of The Flow Project, a not-for-profit organization that I co-founded to test the applications of the idea and confirm the efficacy of the vision).