Learn More about Derek at Grass Stain Guru

I feel very fortunate to be able to share some of my story with others, and Bethe from Grass Stain Guru was kind enough to feature an interview with me on her site. Bethe is an award-winning author, web producer, and eLearning designer, and believes “nature is the best therapist and teacher any of us will ever have.”

She asked some great questions of me, so if you’re interested in learning a bit more about me and my take on simple living, kids and nature, and my favorite things to do on my day off, please head over there and check out the full interview. Here’s a short excerpt:

What type of kid were you? And how do you think that impacted your path to become a writer and environmental advocate?

I was a very curious kid, interested in science and finding out how things worked, and I read a lot. I was never satisfied with a single source of information, so I learned to research what I was interested in. I think this made me a little more skeptical of the things I was taught in school – I wanted to learn from ‘first sources’, not some regurgitated revisionist history (like Columbus ‘discovering’ America, or the romantic version of cowboys ‘winning’ the west).

As I got older, I started finding out that some of what we’re taught in school was not accurate, but rather reflected the ’shiny happy’ version of the modern consumer. This made me hungry to find out what the dissenters thought, and in turn, to try to express myself through writing.”

Read the full interview: Chatting With Natural Papa, Derek Markham

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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