I am a Professor of Humanities at Brigham Young University. Trained in comparative literature, I have been writing, speaking, and teaching on the intersections between religion, literature, and the environment for many years. In addition to my work of literary criticism, I have published numerous essays on Mormonism and the environment and recently wrote a creative nonfiction memoir, entitled Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River (University of Utah Press 2010) about the Provo River watershed in Utah and the ways in which for me landscape, theology, family history, and recreation come together to form a sense of place. This blog, Home Waters, continues my meditations on the stewardship required to make a home and nurture an identity that are sustainable, grounded in faith, and invested in community. Views expressed in this blog, of course, are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Brigham Young University, nor its sponsoring church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.