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JoanAvatar2Joan Larsen

Writer Joan Larsen has spent a lifetime searching for the most remote places on Earth.  But it is the polar regions of our world that she has been drawn back to again and again.  She has done research in these lands of ice, and considers Antarctica to be her “other home.”

Wayne Ranney

Ranney Blogger PortraitExplorations, Words, and Landscapes

With a lifelong interest in the natural world, I became interested in travel and earth history while working as a backcountry ranger at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. After receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University, I began working as a geologic lecturer on shipboard expeditions around the world to places like Antarctica, Africa, the Amazon, Greenland, Siberia, and the North and South Poles are just some of the great places I have been fortunate to visit.

I am now retired from the high seas but continue to work as a river and trail guide in the Grand Canyon, an award-winning author of  nine books and articles on my blog, Earthly-Musings, and I serve as a lecturer for Smithsonian Journeys around the world. Geology has been very good to me and Flagstaff is situated near many of our planet’s most stunning landscapes, making it a perfect home for my unusual career of sharing earth history with people of many different backgrounds.

Jim Klobuchar


Jim Klobuchar was a daily columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for more than 30 years and subsequently has written for many years for the Christian Science Monitor, which in 2003 recommended him for a Pulitzer Prize in journalism. He was voted the nation’s outstanding columnist in 1984 by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and in 1986 was a finalist in NASA’s Journalist in Space project, a program later canceled because of the Challenger accident. He is the author of 23 books, the latest being “Pieces of My Heart,” recalling his experiences as a mountaineer and in related outdoor ventures, and “Always on Sundays,” in which he compares the pro football he covered for 20 years with the billion dollar colossus it has become today. He has also co-authored with his wife, Susan Wilkes, “The Miracles of Barefoot Capitalism,” dealing with the worldwide phenomenon of microfinance that has uplifted the lives of millions of the ambitious poor.

“Jim Klobuchar is the kind of professional who makes other professionals admire him and envy him in some manner. He is good when he is light-hearted, but he does not have to be light-hearted to be good. If he seems to be having fun when he is writing, it’s no doubt because he is having fun. But there is plenty of depth in him.”

–Abigail Van Buren  (Dear Abby)

Alice Friedemann


After 25 years, Alice Friedemann managed to escape her day job as a systems engineer and architect. When she’s not traveling, throwing dinner parties, reading non-fiction, baking, volunteering to take 4th and 5th graders on hikes at Audubon Canyon Ranch, gardening, or walking, she’s in the back yard with her husband Jeffery listening to the birds and breezes, watching redwoods sway, and enjoying the cats, squirrels, scrub jays, skunks and other wildlife that roam our back yard. She’s been baking with whole grains for ten years, and spent the past three years making many batches of chips and crackers, which resulted in her cookbook “Crunch! Whole Grain Artisan Chips and Crackers.”

Lauriate Roly

Born in Montreal, Lauriate is bilingual; his mother a Geordie from Newcastle on Tyne, his father a French Canadian Quebecer. Lauriate has traveled widely and has lived in Europe. His involvements are primarily of a creative nature focused on Music, Graphic and Literary Arts in the communications fields of Advertising and phases of the Entertainment business through television and film production.

Eileen Rockefeller

Eileen-Rockefeller-smEileen Rockefeller is the youngest daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller, and a great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller.  A pioneer in catalyzing broad acceptance of mind/body interactions and the importance of social and emotional skills for success in life, Eileen was a co-founder of CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) along with Daniel Goleman and 6 others in 1994. She is also the co-chair of her family’s generational association, and founding chair of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Growald Family Fund. She has two grown sons and lives on an organic farm in Vermont with her husband. Her book, Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, was published in 2014.

Katrina Kenison

Katrina-AvatarKatrina Kenison is a wife, a mother, a homemaker, a slow writer and a life-long reader, a list maker, a recovering perfectionist, an inveterate seeker. A graduate of Smith College, Katrina Kenison spent many years working in publishing as an editor at Houghton Mifflin Company in New Haven, New York, and Boston. She is the author of three books, and her writing has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, Real Simple, Country Living, Family Circle, Redbook, and other publications. A Reiki practitioner, gardener, and yoga teacher, Katrina lives with her family in rural New Hampshire. See Katrina’s work at her eponymous blog, where she celebrates the gift of each ordinary day. Be sure to see her “About” page for a complete list and links to her published works!

Jeannot Kensinger

A native of Belgium, Jeannot has written extensively of her 13 years of caregiving to her beloved husband of 42 years, who was struck with Alzheimer’s; of slowly emerging from those years; and of the joys of life before it all, and after.  You can read more of her work at her blog, Life After Alzheimer Caregiving.

Luanne Keifer

Luanne, better known as Lulu, has lived most of her life in California with stints in Colorado and New Mexico.  Even as a precocious child, she was always questioning, and continues to.  She has travelled extensively both in America and around the world, which only provided more fodder for her ever-questioning mind.  Over the years she has worked for architects, been an interior designer, ventured into gourmet cooking and gardening, and has been on the fringes of the television and movie industry since childhood.  Life has never been dull, but Lulu is now exploring a new phase, writing a novel and exploring the world of blogging.

Mike Firesmith

Mike Firesmith is the Hickory Head Hermit who lives in the woods of South Georgia with three dogs and a keyboard. His writing reflects a love for nature, a love for dogs, and a love for the craft of writing.  See more of his work at The Hickory Head Hermit!

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