Before we start, the one thing you should know about me is… that I have few social skills.
The most impressive thing I know about grizzly bears is… they can kill and eat you anytime they want but seldom do.
During the Vietnam War… I kept my sanity by carrying a map of Montana and a sacred arrowhead, though I never claimed I actually kept said sanity.
I managed to overcome PTSD by dealing with it; PTSD is not something from which you extract a cure, rather it is a way of difficultly living in the world.
You would never believe me if I told you that… I prefer the “Late Quartets of Beethoven” to all music.
Seriously, when will people just stop… denying that we humans are no longer in charge of anything, especially our own fates and destinies?
Yes, a grizzly changed my life when it charged me until the bear skidded to a stop, realizing I was no threat to its cubs, teaching me true humility.
Most people don’t know that I have a secret love for… all creatures, wild as well as domestic.
You will get me to laugh every time you show me a picture of my dog or granddaughter.
My favorite book of all time is… The Odyssey.
If you want to irritate me, just mention… anything; I’m a grumpy old fart.
The biggest threats to “the wild” are… human greed and the capitalistic notion that endless progress on a finite planet is good and possible.
I usually start my day by… breathing, just to know I’m still in the world.
Yellowstone, for me is… the holy cradle of my wild values, learned through decades of camping alone.
I probably am most proud of… my children.
The one wild place on earth I would really like to visit is… to again visit the untrammeled tundra of the far North.
Three facts about grizzly bears few people know are… that they are astonishingly social, sentient, and capable of interacting with humans peacefully in complex ways not yet glimpsed by our “biological” philosophies.
The greatest true wilderness area I have run across is… the convolutions of my own mind
I can really be contrary if you want to discuss… denial of climate change.
5 Words on my epitaph?... "Was It Worth It.”