What do you do at the bookstore?
My job at the bookstore entails an endless list of tasks. Most imporantly, I am learning how to be a bookseller. Not only am I learning about books and authors, but also learning how to best serve bookstore customers.
What do you do outside of the bookstore?
When not at the bookstore, I find myself outside as much as possible. I enjoy hiking, gardening, and cycling. Experimenting with watercolor painting is a recent hobby.
What are a few of your favorite books?
This is an ever-shifting list. Today, I would include Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Our Only World by Wendell Berry, and The Abundance by Annie Dillard.
A book about your life would be called…
Fluctuating Between Opportunity and Wisdom. The book would include timelines, photographs, and sketches. I imagine something like The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Good fortune often placed me in the company of talented individuals. Their ability to step forward when their expertise was needed then return to the status of worker without seeking the limelight was integral to the success of the team. Whether is was touring Japan for a month with a group of middle school students, working on a grant connecting museums and elementary schools with Indian Education For All, creating learning environments where discourse and creativity are valued, building a family cabin, or being married. All of these accomplishments have brought joy to my life.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
Once, when on a moonlight hike in Yellowstone (near the Beaver Ponds), a herd of elk ran right by us. The herd “parted” only a few feet in front of us. My heart was beating almost as fast as the pounding of their hooves.