Welcome to my website.
The website is relatively new, but I’ve been hanging around the web for a long time. The Wayback Machine crawled my first website in 1997, the year after it started its archiving. I was teaching computer science in those days and I had followed closely the development of the internet and the the process that led to hypertext and the World Wide Web. Before the web, some may remember, computer-savvy folks shared their data on something called gopher and held email discussions on usenet user groups. Once the web became popular, we learned how to use hypertext markup language (HTML) to construct web pages. We viewed the pages, I remember, with the Mosaic browser. This was soon replaced by the early Netscape browser and its famous shooting star logo.
How the online world has changed! New tools, new services, and new echelons of users.
Over the last 20 years I’ve used the internet for a lot of projects. Pieces of me are all over the web. Links to some of those pieces are collected on these pages. I became a writer about the time I started fiddling with networks and the web, so most of the bits of me on the web have to do with writing. This site is, above all, a display case for the books I have written.
Let me tell you about Psyche’s House, one of my recently published books. It is the most personal book I have ever written. The narrative, framed as an 18-month journal, is carried along on concrete images and metaphors—a scarecrow protecting a garden, my struggle with Tourette’s, a tree split by lightning, a spider’s web twisting in the wind, a feral plant cultivated for its blue flowers, a lost love. Along the way, I tell about encounters with animals—a terrified hedgehog, a hungry groundhog, a knocking crow, and a pair of Canada geese. People also join and leave the narrative, a mong them St. Francis, Malcolm Muggeridge, Cervantes, Heraclitus, and Hegel. Click on the picture to read more about this book.
The most recent book to be published is the new Mushrooms of British Columbia. You can read about its background on this site or go to the book’s own website. The reception of this field guide has been amazing–soon after it’s publication in September, 2021, it became the #1 bestseller in BC. By late October, it was #2 in the Canadian nonfiction bestseller list. The first printing soon sold out. In December, the second printing will be available.
The scenic pictures on this pages of this site, by the way, are ones that I’ve taken during my rambles around southern BC. This page features our local creek at the height of the spring runoff. You are welcome to use the pictures on these pages in any way you want, web or print. Picture credits always appreciated, of course.