Some of my other activities are related to the books I have written—the books have in fact grown out of these activities. Case in point: I was engaged in an intense period of genealogical research in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Writing Cottonwood Roots gave me a chance to step back and reflect on the way modern life emerges from the experiences of pioneer ancestors. At the end of my active research, I collected the results in a series of monographs on various branches of my family tree. You can view and download these monographs.
In the middle decades of my life I wrote the occasional poem. Some of these were published in small magazines. Here, in a pdf file, is a selection of about three dozen that I have kept. Many were written with children (my own and others) in mind.
Essays and Articles
I’ve been a naturalist—an amateur one—as long as I can remember. I’m currently a part of the Metchosin Biodiversity Project. We have been doing species counts in the district where I live since 2011. We’ve found at least 2400 nonhuman neighbours. I maintain the database and website for the project. On the website you can find many reports and pictures. It is at http://metchosinbiodiversity.com. Come for a visit.
In recent years, I’ve found myself specializing in bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) and in mushrooms and other fungi. About a dozen times a year I find myself leading mushroom and moss walks. Here’s a video made by Whistler’s Pique magazine of one of the walks I did for the annual Whistler Fungus Among Us event.
And, of course, you can find me on some of the social media sites. I don’t have a big presence there.
The picture on this page is Alta Lake, in Whistler, BC. Taken from a canoe.