I was born in Montana, grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho and Missoula, Montana. Place matters. As a young man, I worked as a surveyor on logging roads, river surveys, and subdivision developments while attending college on a haphazard basis. Finally graduating from the University of Montana, as penance for youthful indignities to the planet, I graduated from law school in Eugene, Oregon and became an environmental lawyer. After career potholes and child rearing, I eventually worked in several Oregon state agencies, including years at the Department of Environmental Quality as an environmental cleanup and Brownfields redevelopment facilitator. Retired, I devote my time to climate change advocacy, spending time with my sweetheart near Mt. Rainier, hatching dubious schemes (natural burial?) and loving the earth.