Standing 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 into the symbolic world of myth and story.
Over the years, my love for the Colorado Rocky Mountains has grown deeper. I have learned the importance of paying attention to guideposts, junctures that at first seem coincidental but have proved to be path-altering experiences. Whether I am running at 8,500 feet, skiing moguls at Mary Jane at Winter Park, or reaching for an outcropping at 13,000 feet, I remind myself of my place and role as a denizen of Mother Earth.
I am a retired teacher of English and social studies living in the historical mining town of Georgetown in Clear Creek County, Colorado. I have been the featured columnist of the Clear Creek Courant since 2003 and a radio host on KYGT since 2004. I have run six marathons, have climbed thirty-four of Colorado’s 14ers, and still love carving the bumps through the powder and timber of Mary Jane’s Eagle Wind territory.
As a life-long learner and student of life, I have come to accept Joseph Campbell’s principle that one’s life journey begins at the moment one says yes to it. And I have learned that once having done so, there is no turning back.
The mundane life is not for me. I like to say that I have lived an extraordinarily blessed ordinary life: runner, skier, hiker, teacher, reader, gardener, columnist, activist, radio host, diehard Bronco fan, thought provocateur, and now author.
I invite you to explore my life philosophy, which centers on energy and archetypal currents, through my writings and radio conversations. I delineate that more vis-a-vis my Thirteen Daily Practices, which you can read by clicking here.
Listen to Laurie Beckel interviewing of me on All People Considered on July 2, 2019 on KYGT-FM.