Photo by Damien Baez
“Joys come from simple and natural things: mists over meadows, sunlight on leaves, the path of the moon over water.” –Sigurd F. Olson / Open Horizons
I read Sig’s books for the first time in 1993 while living in Minneapolis and discovered an author who could put into words how I felt about the outdoors. The door was now opened wide to similar writers who championed conservation, nature preservation, and environmentalism: Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, among many others.
Not at all a fiction reader – I find non-fiction more entertaining (you just can’t make this stuff up). Astronomy (New Horizons flybys), animals (horses and more horses), people (heavy metal guitarists), cooking (anything Scandinavian), travel (packing ultralight), healthy living (yoga and smoothies). Ask me what my favorite topics are next week and you’ll receive a different answer.
Away from work, I enjoy spending time outdoors racking up the miles running, biking, canoeing, or cross-country skiing. Or sitting still while watching a hawk watch a sunset. Concert videos and documentaries over movies. Favorite drink: coffee. Favorite athlete: World Cup alpine ski racer Maria Höfl-Riesch. Favorite TV shows: Globe Trekker and Nature on PBS. Favorite dog breed: Westie. Favorite season: winter. Don’t tell anyone: I do read some fiction – love romances, cozy mysteries, and anything with Jack Reacher in the pages or Patrick Rothfuss on the cover.
Favorite authors: Lee Child, Laura Hillenbrand, William Kent Krueger, Lonely Planet Guidebooks, Monica McCarty, Christopher McDougall, Jillian Michaels, John, Muir, Patrick Rothfuss, Wendy Lyn Watson
Favorite music: Dream Theater, Edvard Grieg, Halestorm, Lacuna Coil, Loreena McKennitt, Nightwish, Rush, Jean Sibelius, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Steve Vai