HOW OUR PATHS CROSSED

American Survival Guide - - FIRST WORDS -

Look­ing back at the paths Christo­pher and I have trav­eled, one ould never think that we would be col­leagues—or, more im­po­rantly, friends. De­spite our dif­fer­ent back­grounds and al­most a 0-year age dif­fer­ence, the two of us are more alike than we are if­fer­ent. We both re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment, teach what we know o those who will lis­ten, and we both be­lieve that sur­vival means ork­ing to­gether.

The 1970s were a tur­bu­lent time in Amer­ica. Christo­pher be­came volved in the grow­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial aware­ness ove­ments while I went into the mil­i­tary. He is from the more free think­ing” en­vi­ron­ment of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, and I am from more con­ser­va­tive ru­ral area of New Eng­land. In those days, our orlds couldn’t have been far­ther apart.

Over the years, I had been read­ing Christo­pher’s writ­ings, never eally hav­ing a clue to who he was. In 2016, Christo­pher be­came he ed­i­tor of Amer­i­can Sur­vival Guide, and we clicked right away. e liked what I was writ­ing, and when he of­fered sug­ges­tions bout how to make a piece bet­ter, the cri­tiques were taken in the ame man­ner as they were given.

Christo­pher’s work still fre­quents the pages of ASG, and al­though e is no longer “the boss,” we have re­mained friends. It is a iend­ship that finds me ask­ing for his ad­vice much more than he other way around!

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