Q: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
A: One of the first books I remember loving was Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. My forever take-away was that there are many things going on around us that people just walk by without noticing. They’re not aware of what’s going on. That thread continues in my work today.
A high-school favorite was Frank Herbert’s Dune. Right now in the worst California drought in recorded history, it’s like Dune is somehow coming to life. Herbert’s characters had “moisture consciousness” and I feel like I have that too, and we’re all going to acquire it in coming years as climate change accelerates.
One of my favorite gardening books today is Wendy Johnson’s Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate. It drifts between hard-core gardening advice and spiritual observations, they become one-and-the-same, as they should be.
The common thread in these is: things aren’t necessarily as they appear to be, and if you’re sensitive to it, and you really listen, the natural world will tell you a story. Now read my books about the economy, and you’ll find the same theme!