Seattle writer and ecologist Jim Currie, whose earlier published work includes the 2000 book The Mindful Traveler, writes movingly and insightfully of life alteredand re-directedwhen a debilitating rheumatoid disease strikes in his recently published memoir, In Dire Straits: Keeping Spirit Alive When the Wheels Come Off (Savant). "An outstanding contribution to the link between personal and planetary healing ... written with a lightness of touch, engaging humor and insight by someone who has traveled a healing path." - Satish Kumar. "A powerful memoir of healing, love, and imagination." - Larry Dossey, M.D.