Eric Alan

The Beauty of Belonging

The Beauty of Belonging

by Eric Alan
September 23, 2017

I was born a thousand miles from home. That persistent feeling has been with me since… well, since I can first remember, as a kid growing up in suburban Los Angeles, doing a Sierra Club jigsaw puzzle of the redwoods. I felt instinctive kinship with t... Read more

Edward Abbey's Footprints

Edward Abbey's Footprints

by Eric Alan
August 26, 2017

Somewhere under my feet on the sculptural slickrock and sand of Arches National Park are Edward Abbey’s footprints. I know this not because I see them, but because the ink marks of his pen have proven more indelible. In his classic Desert Solitair... Read more

Above and Beyond Maps

Above and Beyond Maps

by Eric Alan
July 30, 2017

I love maps. The intrigue of unknown roads stirs me every time, and our ability to navigate to any earthly destination based on accurate mapping is a modern miracle. I do not take it for granted.  ... Read more

Places Beyond Question

Places Beyond Question

by Eric Alan
July 2, 2017

I celebrate that there are places which bring forth clarity and simplicity in me. I’m far from alone in this: most of us have beautiful, personal places of refuge where everything feels right and just seems to make sense. When we’re in one of th... Read more

Growth Points

Growth Points

by Eric Alan
June 4, 2017

Every spring, the leaves on the deciduous trees in my home forest open with a rapidity that remains a source of wonder for me. The oaks in particular open their leaves seemingly so suddenly that in my mind each tree mimics the sound of an opening umbrella&m... Read more

One Place, a Thousand Times

One Place, a Thousand Times

by Eric Alan
April 30, 2017

There is a celebrated magic to travel. It’s an opening to the vast wonders of the unimaginable; and endless adventure that wouldn’t be complete in a thousand lifetimes. It’s a beautiful opening to all the aliveness of possibility. I celebr... Read more

The Path of Most Persistence

The Path of Most Persistence

by Eric Alan
April 2, 2017

I celebrate that following an artistic path makes me grow and feel and question. So often along the way, I’m tasked to learn enough to absorb something new and then write, photograph or speak about it—and that process of discovery is the time I&... Read more

Wise Animal Eyes

Wise Animal Eyes

by Eric Alan
March 5, 2017

I’m grateful for the perspectives of animals. I particularly appreciate their views of the world when human perspective (especially my own) is limited or lacking. So often I have a sense that I’m missing something, until I see again through an a... Read more

Valentine for Mom

Valentine for Mom

by Eric Alan
February 5, 2017

With February comes Valentine’s Day, giving a scripted moment to think of the ones we love or miss. A meadow of complex emotions blooms, around that scheduled day of love. Beyond the calendar’s confines, in truth, every day of every season is th... Read more

Release, Receive, Renew

Release, Receive, Renew

by Eric Alan
January 8, 2017

The year begins with flurries of snow and feelings. Both swirl around me with brilliance, wonder and chill. I celebrate their hard beauty even as their colder edge reaches my bones. The impending year is yet opaque, impervious to the influence of prediction... Read more