8Standing atop a snowfield at 12,000 feet in 1975, I scanned the expanse and said, “Holy, shit! This is it.” I quit my job, packed my truck, and headed west with nary a look in the rearview mirror. Deciding that the only thing I ever wanted to be was a teacher, I began my literal journey into world of public education and with that, into the symbolic world of myth and story.

Over the years, my love for the Colorado Rocky Mountains has grown deeper. I ‘ve learned the importance of paying attention to guideposts, junctures that at first seem coincidental but prove to be path-altering experiences. Whether running at 8,500 feet, carving the bumps through the powder and timber of Mary Jane’s Eagle Wind territory, or reaching for an outcropping at 13,000 feet, I remind myself of my place and role as a denizen of Mother Earth.

As a life-long learner and student of life, I’ve come to accept Joseph Campbell’s principle that one’s life journey begins at the moment one says yes to it. And once having done so, there’s no turning back. The mundane life never was for me. I’ve lived an extraordinarily blessed, ordinary life: runner, skier, hiker, teacher, reader, gardener, columnist, activist, diehard Bronco fan, thought provocateur, and now an award-winning author in both fiction and nonfiction genres.

My novels are theme focused and character driven, and my essays explore a wide range of mind and spirit topics. Using metaphors, allusions, and symbolism as vehicles, I probe answers to my perennial Big Question: Why do people believe and act as they do? I work to bring what might be arcane and complex philosophical, psychological, and mythological concepts into the world of everyday understanding and meaning.

I invite you to explore my life philosophy, which centers on energy and archetypal currents through my writings, and in so doing, uncover and explore. I delineate that more vis-a-vis my Thirteen Daily Practices, which you can read by clicking here.

For more, listen to interviews of me on KYGT:

About Sisyphus Wins with Greg Markle and with Steven Craig.

Life Story with Laurie Beckel on All People Considered on July 2, 2019 on KYGT-FM.

Interview with the Colorado Sun February 2023 as part of its Sunlit Series.