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A long time ago ... with a fish.

I was born in South Dakota, raised in Wisconsin, and lived for a long while near Boulder, Colorado. Now I'm on a new adventure traveling the world and working along the way. As long as there's WiFi, I'm good to go.

In the course of wandering, I have been lost in more than 60 countries, climbed mountains and volcanoes, and sailed across the South Pacific. I have counted birds for the Audubon Society, SCUBA-dived the Great Barrier Reef, taught in Hong Kong and Taiwan, ate a goat's eyeball in the Sahel, and backpacked 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail.

A writing prof once told me that to become an interesting writer, lead an interesting life. The corollary, of course, comes courtesy of Saul Bellow: "All you have to do to have an interesting life is be a damn fool." I've got it covered.

Work-wise, I'm currently involved in writing projects for Capstone, Reading A-Z, Newsela, and ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center's educational arm.