Growing up on the water immersed me in nature, imagination and solitude-a barefoot loner cycling between autonomy and connection. Following, always following my heart led to a collage of careers exploring passion in its various guises. I began with coaching, then photojournalism. Exploring human being through interviews, research and reporting proved intriguing but far too remote. Fear and fascination eventually drew me to graduate school, subsequently to mental health practice as a counseling psychologist. Home during recent decades has been as tenured faculty at a university, which enabled me to write, teach, and continue outpatient clinical practice, a satisfying career while raising my beautiful daughter. But time and yearning eventually lead us home. A recent sabbatical on the water rekindled my passion for writing. This latest sojourn-filled with transitions, graced by ancient voices in whispered dialects I am just now coming to embrace-brings me to the mesa.