Aloha! I'm always excited to interact with readers. I'm new to Goodreads but will do my best to check in from time to time. A great deal of info and resources, articles, videos, can be found on my website, which I will list here.
I'm 65 and live in Marin County, California -- just north of the Golden Gate -- and when I'm not writing (and when weather permits, when I am writing) I'm usually to be found in my garden.
I've been a writer my entire adult life, starting at age 23, although I do a lot of other things, teaching at Stanford among them.
Judy and I have been together for 45 years! Married for 35 of those years. We have a grown daughter and two dogs that we pamper.
This encyclopediac volume has been rendered somewhat obsolete by the internet, yet no single site on the internet organizes such a valuable intellectual and cultural tool-set for analyzing and solving problems in all aspects of life. You will find a bit of everything in here: metaphysics, pointers to resources, philosophical guide posts. Stewart Brand was onto something really important with this concept. We could use a bit more education in most of this stuff today.
Still largely relevant today as a reference to empowering resources. Some entries are now obsolescent, but not much. Its coverage of nascent internet and computer technologies is now quite outdated--I think this was published in the mid 1990s, just before the internet went supernova--but there are still lots of tools and ideas worth considering. Especially interesting to me are the listings of specialized books that are a cut above the usual fare we used to find in brick-and-mortar bookstores--back when retail bookstores outnumbered used bookstores. This will open doors for you, and show you doors you didn't know were there. And that makes for an ideal reference document.
the whole earth catalog shaped my life. contrary to what wags might say, this was (is) a good thing. i still go back to the various versions (i have some put out on newsprint) when i need a jump start to living.
Somewhat dated now in some areas, 14 years down the road, but a lot of the information is still valid, and even the entries that are outdated may inspire you to track down up-to-date equivalents. This is a great book to browse for hours as well as a place to look up specific things.
This catalog was like a comprehensive "Sears Catalog" for the New Age-hippie-environmentalist crowd. A True precursor to the internet, and Wikipedia, the authors were prescient, and had their fingers on the pulse of matters vital to our present times.