Coming Fall 2019: Our New Book, "We Are Puget Sound: Discovering & Recovering the Salish Sea"

For 3 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with 2 incredibly accomplished partners & friends – photographer (& more) Brian Walsh and environmental leader Dr. Mindy Roberts - on a book about Puget Sound. The result is an intimate portrait, in words and images, of the NW’s inland sea, its people, its cultures, its nature, and its future. Now I can report some news:


WE ARE PUGET SOUND: DISCOVERING & RECOVERING THE SALISH SEA is in the final stage of pre-production, and will soon go to the printer, for release this fall.

It is a both a book & a multi-year, multi-media education & public engagement campaign by Mountaineers Books (Braided River series) and the Washington Environmental Council. It was Mindy’s vision & leadership that led to this remarkable collaboration.


The publishers engaged an exceptional team of additional contributors to the book:

~ Martha Kongsgaard, environmental champion and Puget Sound advocate, has written an evocative foreword.

~ Mountaineers Books / Braided River Publisher Helen Cherullo, with Mindy (WEC’s People for Puget Sound program director), wrote a compelling introduction.

~ Brian and many other renowned Northwest photographers have contributed awe-inspiring photos of the Sound, its people & its creatures.

~ With the help of many Puget Sounders who shared their stories and knowledge, I wrote chapters on “Our Puget Sound,” “Extraordinary Nature,” “The Human Connection,” and a “Brief History” timeline.

~ Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe and president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, teamed up with Mindy to challenge us all with a motivating chapter, “Future of the Salish Sea,” plus “Ten Things” we all can do to protect & recover our inland sea.

~ Brian Cantwell, retired Seattle Times travel & outdoors editor, wrote an inviting, well-illustrated chapter revealing more than 30 destinations for “Exploring & Enjoying Puget Sound.”



Production of this high-quality, high-impact book is made possible through seed money from Mountaineers Books based on future book sales—plus approximately $50,000 in donations by more than 100 individuals, businesses, partnering nonprofit organizations, and foundations.

We’re proud that the book will be printed on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper, and that carbon mitigation for the book’s production & shipping has been generously donated by Forterra, a regional organization that secures land for a sustainable future.


In its pages, you can meet inspirational people of diverse generations, cultures, genders, and points of view who love our inland sea & who do their part to make it healthy. I’m thankful they shared their unforgettable stories with Brian & Mindy & me so we could pass them on to you in a very special book.

Photo by Brian Walsh, Olympia, WA

'Letter from Alabama' available in 3 editions

Letter from Alabama is currently available in three editions, including a Kindle eBook and two paperbacks. The book, released in 2015, is the true story of two orphaned and abandoned children saved by grace and a family’s love – and by a startling letter that traveled hundreds of miles and landed in the pages of a newspaper. The biography / narrative history richly portrays life in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Since its initial release on April 6, 2015, the book has received reader reviews averaging Four-plus Stars at Amazon (based on 26 reviews). It is recommended by the Midwest Book Review and Donovan’s Literary Services / California Bookwatch. More information here in our Jan. 2, 2016, news release.


You wrote your book on WHAT?

Ever wonder what a pint-size electronic ‘tablet’ can do for you (besides cyber-surfing)? I discovered that my tablet could do quite a lot, actually. On it, I wrote 55,000 words -- the first draft of Letter from Alabama, a biography and narrative history of grace, a family’s love, and life in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. After the first draft of the book, I transferred the project to a laptop for the major editing, formatting, and more. Here are links to the end result: or:


Iconic shrines of the written word, and community values

There was a time when newspaper buildings served as cultural and architectural beacons in many communities. Here's a tribute to an iconic one, and to a town that refused to let it fall to the wrecking ball:
Do you have a favorite monument to the printed word? Is it still producing words and sharing truths that matter to you and your community?

'Heartwarming book that provides eternal hope'

'Letter from Alabama' is the surprising true story of grace and a family's love triumphing over tragedy and human failure -- in the process saving two orphaned and abandoned children.
Amazon customer / reviewer Jeanne calls it 'a heartwarming book that provides eternal hope even in the most dire situations of life.' For this and other reviewer comments: