It is time for the park and recreation profession to distinguish itself as a chief caretaker and celebrant of this planet’s wondrous web of life.
It is our obligation, our duty, to do everything in our power to create a more peaceful world, a more connected world, a more caring world, in our lifetime.
What better use to make of our work? What better use to make of our leisure? What better use to make of our freedom?
Help make our profession one that brings out the best in people, one that cultivates respect and compassion for all life, one that inspires each of us to ponder deeply what it means to be fully human.
Think big thoughts. Help make the park and recreation profession one that can lead the way.
Part One: The California Years
1 In Search of Rescue
2 The World According to Gorp
3 The Myth of Comfort
4 The Wilderness Within: Reflections on a 100-Mile Run
5 Inside, Outside, Upside Down: The Grand Canyon as a Learning Laboratory
6 Recreational Usufruct Rights
7 The Incident at “New” Army Pass
8 Recreational Ethics in a World of Limits
9 The Barrenlands
10 Fly Fishing with B. L. Driver
11 To Feed or Not Feed the Bears: The Moral Choices We Make
12 Coyote Gulch
13 Looking Inward to Save the Outdoors
14 Back in the USSR
15 Peace, Leisure, and Recreation
16 Soldier Lake
17 Leave It to Beaver
18 Betting on Big Bertha
19 Time for Pool: The Surprising Way . . .
20 Easy Street
21 Peggy Sue’s Diner
Part Two: The Florida Years
22 Fakahatchee Strand
23 Wasting Away in Boca Grande
24 Buffalo Tiger’s Dilemma
25 Confessions of a Technological Resistance Fighter
26 The Professor Who Mistook His Life for a Stat
27 Land as Legacy
28 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: The Politics of Environmental Preservation
29 I’m Back in the Saddle Again
30 A Leopoldian Success Story: Mojave National Preserve
31 Remembering Manzanar
32 Is This Heaven?
33 Saturday Night at the Lazy “B” Bar and Café
34 Free Spirit
35 Wilderness and Everyday Life
36 Mapping the Geography of Hope
37 Were You Ever Out in the Great Alone?
Part III: The Utah Years
38 Westward Ho!
39 Hey Diddle Diddle
40 The Basketmakers
41 Writing People Back Into Wilderness
42 Gates of Lodore
43 Desolation Sound
44 A Walk in the Park
45 Lunch with Hayduke
46 Sky Pilot
47 Fishing Off the Dock of the Bay
49 Antidote to Despair
Postscript: My Life in Higher Education
50 Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda
51 Joe Arave
52 Professor Dog
53 Ariadne’s Thread
54 In Defense of Not Knowing
55 Mark Twain on Darkness and Lightness in Social Science
56 On Penmanship
57 Writing My Own Ending
58 Like Light Passing through a Prism
59 Gardening as a Subversive Activity
60 The Power of Possibility
61 Democracy Is a Verb