My New Bag Baby!

Today is a great day. Not only did I receive a an awesome bag in the mail from Tom Bihn but John Muir Laws just announced the Nature Journal Safari for 2019! Woohoo! A combination made in heaven.

Watch the video below to see my unboxing and my initial impressions of the Maker’s bag by Tom Bihn.

Thanks to Tom Bihn Bags in Seattle for the awesome work that they do and sending me an awesome product to test in the field!

I’m still hoping to get support and test products from Stillman and Birn Sketchbooks, Exofficio underwear, Four Sigmatic, Patagonia, Merrell, and REI on this upcoming expedition. If your company has a product that you want me to test please let me know.

For more about the bag check out the Tom Bihn website below.

The Maker's Bag

Setback or Opportunity?

Follow me in this video as I explain some of the ideas that have emerged while I’m dealing with recent surgery to my wrist. As an artist, writer, and nature journaler, any setback to my dominant hand is a big deal.
On my website I  share what I’m going through right now, my learning process, and my own personal challenges. As usual, email me if you have any interesting experiences or ideas around this subject matter. If you find this video helpful or valuable please share it with a friend.

Eaten Alive to Save the Jungle?

I recently finished reading “Mother of God,” by the guy who tried to get himself swallowed by an anaconda on the Discovery Channel. I must admit, I did not know about the stunt when I checked the book out from the library and started following Paul Rosolie on Instagram.

As you might expect from the star of a Discovery Channel special called “eaten alive,” the book portrays a sensational, extreme, version of nature with plenty of hyperbolic descriptions and close encounters with death and danger.

However, if Paul Rosolie did all this as a stunt to bring attention and money to the conservation of the Madre de Dios region in Peru, then perhaps the ends justify the means.

I wish the book were more well-written or at least if the editors had worked a little harder on it before sending it off to the presses. Paul Rosolie obviously has better things to do than polish his prose but that does not excuse Harper Collins.

Nevertheless, I read the full book, and I read it fast. I recommend you at least check it out.

Journaling Kit Review

People always ask me what materials and tools they should have in their nature journaling kit. In this video I show the most important and least important things that I carry into the field. Many of these tools have been with me to the Amazon, the Serengeti, Ecuadorean Cloud Forests, and many more adventures.

Send me an email to let me know what is in your kit. marley339@gmail.com

Back to the Beach

I grew up under the influence of the ocean–between San Diego California and Guanacaste Costa Rica– and with a surfer for a dad–I was set.

Off to college at UC Santa Cruz–cold rocky oceans with great whites and localism–I turned to the forests, meadows, and gardens instead.

Fifteen years later and my amphibious attributes are growing back–several tidepool foraging dawns later–two surf-fishing days–and all the nature I could ever paint.

…back to the beach

 

Book Review: The Four Hour Workweek

Regardless of whether working four hours a week is possible or even desirable this book presents a refreshing perspective that is intrinsically valuable. The “Four Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss questions a lot of assumptions that are ingrained into our culture and presents a treasure trove of ideas for escaping the 9-5 workday and the deferred enjoyment life plan. Even if half of these do not work or do not apply to you, the book is still worth a read. The author put more than four hours a week into making this book: it is full of resources, links, and useful references.

This book is good for times when you feel like you are stuck in your work or stuck in your life. Even if you don’t believe or want to believe everything that Tim Ferriss is proposing this book is still useful. This book will convince you that you can design your life, you can be intentional about how you work, and you don’t have to put off living the life you want until your retirement.

 

Michael Pollan on Psychedelics

Michael Pollan is one of my favorite authors to take up the task of examining human-nature relationships. He examines ways in which nature and culture intersect on the most basic physical levels hence his interest in gardening and food. In his new book, “How to Change Your Mind” he looks at the “food of the gods,” psychedelics, and the role they may play in a better understanding of the human mind and the treatment of mental disease such as anxiety and depression. I will definitely do a video review of this book once I have received and read it.

Before you order the book listen to this great interview where Pollan describes some of his thought process and excitement around the topic of psychedelics with Tim Ferriss!  In this interview he asserts that despite the fact that he has often been pigeon-holed as a food writer that he is in fact a nature writer. If you want to skip adds, start about five minutes into the podcast below.