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My America


On a trip to Nevada, Utah, and Arizona in 1989

This political nightmare we’ve been going through for some months now may have led me to choosing the subject for my next book.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do after Small Homes:

  • 50 Years of Natural Building
  • A book on my trips
  • A book on barns

Some kind of context for the 10,000+ photos I’ve taken over the years.

The idea about a book on the U.S.A. popped into my head a few days ago. This would be my version of America. It would start with me riding the rails and hitchhiking from San Francisco to New York in 1965, along with a copy of Ouspensky’s In Search of the Miraculous — seeking enlightenment, if you will, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life — as the cultural revolution of the ’60s–’70s unfolded. (Upon return a month later, I quit my job as an insurance broker and went to work as a builder.)

I would show the America that I love, the people in every state who were kind and friendly and helpful, Pop’s Diner in Page, Arizona; pressmen at Courier Printing in Kendallville, Indiana; squirrel hunters in Tennessee; the waitress in an Oklahoma diner serving me coconut cream pie with coffee at 2:30 AM; farmers, surfers, skateboarders, lawyers, and bankers (yes — there are some good ones); book lovers, musicians, builders; makers…

This just may be the next book: the glass-half-full take on America.

7 Responses to My America

  1. Jeff says:

    I think that would be very well received. Looking forward to read your new ventures.

  2. Joyce says:

    I’d love that, lloyd. There’s never a time that we won’t need a glass half full book from you (aren’t they all!), but especially now. We’d all love to see something so personal …. your take on America the good.

  3. Wayne Pedersen says:

    Go for it! I think it would an awesome read.

  4. Sawbuck says:

    Absolutely on the “Must Buy” list prior to the first word being laid to paper. Please write that book.

  5. Lise Adams says:

    “For such a time as this….”, I would love to read and behold the photos of all the goodness of our great country…start writing my friend!!

  6. Hi Lloyd,
    A book of all of your adventures would be and inspiring read…also think it would inspire others to look back at the things they have done in places they have been and feel gratitude. I hope you will go forward and push it out!

    Kindest regards,

    Gabriel Craft

  7. Colonel Panik says:

    Yes Lloyd, please do something with those unique experiences of yours. I have worn out several copies of “Blue Highways” and need
    a new dream book. Please do a USA book. Lloyds Land?

    I keep showing young university students the “Last Whole Earth Catalog” and trying to explain the analog internet.

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