I, Jonathan Erdman, spend summers working in McCarthy Alaska, a town at the end of the road. Winters are mostly for daily writing, travel, and spending time with my family in the little community of Felton in the Santa Cruz mountains. I am currently working on my first novel, which is set in Alaska.

As far as my blogging goes, I might write a nice blog some morning about something spiritual and contemplative, while sipping a cup of tea. Or I might just as easily be all charged up and jabbing the keyboard about something political, from my leftist point of view.

Whatever the topic, whatever I’m writing, I try to write with a beginner’s pen. I’ve always been inspired by the simple message of the Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki who talked about the “Beginner’s Mind,” the mentality of approaching something in a fresh and new way, of letting go (as much as possible) of biases and fixed ideas. For the beginner, Suzuki said, there are many possibilities, for the expert there are few.