News, March 2021

The first article about my forthcoming book A Private Wilderness is now online. I was really glad to see that, out of all the possible choices of direction the article could have taken after a wide-ranging hour-long interview, writer Taylor Haelterman chose to give special emphasis to the importance of following a dream. She took the lessons I gave her from Sigurd’s life and from mine. Here’s the key excerpt:

“In life, so many people give up,” Backes said. “We have a society that says ‘be all that you can be,’ but then really discourages you from doing it because ‘oh, that’s not really practical.’

Well, Sigurd and I believe that it’s not only practical but necessary.”

Read the whole thing.

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