In Doug Craig’s idea of a perfect world, he would be a successful poet, journalist and best-selling author and spend his time in a cottage by the sea sipping strong coffee with his wife Nancy while reading Rilke or Rumi, writing poems of wonder and surprise and listening to the Avett Brothers, Springsteen and Dawes. And there would be a dog, of course, chasing seagulls on the beach and a couple cats sleeping in the sun.
Instead, despite his journalism professor’s objections, he abandoned the Fourth Estate and the writing life, obtained a doctorate in psychology, moved to Redding in 1984 and established his private practice in 1987. After more than 33 years, Doug continues to work with people in pain seeking peace and understanding in a world of illusion and lies. And in his spare time, he writes essays about treating mood, anxiety and attention disorders from a mindfulness-based perspective – including his Free Therapy columns first published at A News Cafe, now archived on his own site.
For the last 15 years, his love of writing and his fear of the climate crisis has kept him busy researching, educating and warning others about the disasters we face as we fail to transform our energy and transportation systems toward renewable sources. He has written over 2200 essays about the science behind the climate crisis at his Climate of Change blog at the Record Searchlight website, interviewed numerous climate scientists and authors on his Wake-Up Call radio program on KKRN. Doug has sought out climate science training through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Climate Reality Project, among other organizations.
H.G Wells once wrote, “Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow. For the truth is the greatest weapon we have.” But what happens when the truth is no longer true? What happens when the truth is presented as false and lies are portrayed as truth while we’re duped into demonizing those with different views? What happens when powerful forces control what some people understand about the world and train them to believe their enemies live among them? As a species, this is our greatest failure; we no longer share a common connection to what is objectively true and real and cannot speak the truth to one another about the critical issues that matter most. This is our collective wake-up call. Everyone is needed for what comes next. This life is not a spectator sport. What role will you play in our shared dream of hope and healing? Wallace Stevens wrote, “After the final no there comes a yes / And on that yes the future world depends.” We need your yes. We need it now. Ready or not, someway, somehow.
Recommended reading from Doug, updated June 13, 2021:
Hate, Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi
Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Greta Thunberg
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg
I'm Right and You're an Idiot - 2nd Edition: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up by James Hoggan
Talk Radio’s America: How an Industry Took Over a Political Party That Took Over the United States by Brian Rosenwald
Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics (Politics and Culture in Modern America) by Nicole Hemmer