In May I did a TEDx talk in Portland, Oregon.It's about my life and my passion.

Here's a's 18 minutes long...


If you're a corporation or a college or an organization looking for a speaker, I'd love to talk to you.

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I have a blog about what's going on in my life.

Go to the bottom of this page,

click on "There is,"

and scroll down till you come to my blog!.

The remainder of this page is the Preface to my book:


Living at Large in the World.


Irian Jaya family


I am a modern-day nomad. I have no permanent address,  no possessions except the ones I carry, and I rarely know where Iíll be six months from now. I move through the world without a plan, guided by instinct, connecting through trust, and constantly watching for serendipitous opportunities.

Irian Jaya woodspeoplePeople are my passion. Unlike a traditional nomad, when I go somewhere, I settle in with the locals long enough to share the minutes of their days, to know the seasons of their lives, and to be trusted with their secrets. I have lived with people in thatched huts, slept in their gilded palaces, and worshipped with them at godly ceremonies and dens of black magic. I have also cooked with women on fires all over the world.

Iíve been living and loving my nomadic existence since the day in 1986 when, at the age of forty eight, on the verge of a divorce, I looked around and thought, There has to be more than one way to do life.
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