Water: It’s not just a “resource.” It’s not a “thing” that happens. Our bodies are mostly water. Maybe our souls are, too.
Becca Lawton would know. She’s a veteran river guide on the great rivers of the American West (she took Ed Abbey down a river) who became a fluvial geologist. She’s also a beautiful writer whose prize-winning books and essays have helped her—and her readers— understand the connections between humans and wild water.
If you live in the Western Hemisphere, you’ve heard a lot about water lately—mostly in the form of epic floods. No matter where you live, there’s some kind of epic water issue going on (droughts, forest fires, you name it). We need to talk about it.
- How, year after year, she saw people reclaim themselves on a river trip (give yourself at least three days)
- What river guiding taught her about humans
- Rivers as spiritual source
- How writing and stories can help us grok our place in Nature
- Her Fulbright research on why human brains don’t recognize the risks of climate change
- Her wish in human-water relations
- Your new vocabulary word, “thalweg”
Rebecca was an oarswoman on the Colorado in Grand Canyon and other rivers for fourteen seasons. Her collection of essays about river life and the guiding culture, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area bestseller in 2008 and ForeWord Nature Book of the Year finalist in 2003.