Articles/Essays

In addition to my eight books, I’ve also written upwards of 600 articles and essays over the past two decades. They’ve covered a variety of wide variety of topics, from aviation and adventure to improving health care and education, to issues of voice, passion, and purpose. Links to some of those essays and articles are listed below. But you can also find my writing in a number of other places, including my blog: No Map. No Guide. No Limits.

Aviation
In 1999, I began writing a monthly column in Flying magazine called Flying Lessons. The name came from my realization, over many hours spent in small airplanes since I became a pilot in 1986, that there were many parallel lessons between flying and life. Sometimes, the column explored a particular flying adventure–ranging in location from Africa, the Amazon, the Alps and Australia to the skies of California, Texas, and North Carolina, among others. But most of the time, there was a bigger point or lesson in the column somewhere … something I learned through the course of flying or some adventure that’s universally applicable to life. Intimacy. Trust. Keeping perspective. Overcoming fear. Finding hope and light after a dark stretch. Remembering the value of a friend who makes you laugh. Remembering to laugh at yourself, and stand by what you believe.

The column ran for 16 years. You can read some of my favorite columns by clicking the links below. Archives can also be found online by searching for “Lane Wallace Flying Lessons,” or by searching the archives of Flying magazine and EAA’s Sport Aviation, where the column was published.

The Atlantic
I worked as a correspondent and freelance writer for The Atlantic for five years, from 2009 to 2014. I wrote about a variety of subjects, and many of my online pieces looked at events, issues, and questions through the lens of a curious explorer (as opposed to a dedicated partisan). What do we require in order to forgive the unforgivable? Is commercializing adventure a good thing? Why does Tiger Woods owe the public an apology for his private actions? Why do people cling to opinions even in the face of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary? How do we survive uncertain times and circumstances? You get the idea. An archive of all those essays and articles is available online.

No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
No Map. No Guide. No Limits. is the name of my blog (and publishing company). It’s also my philosophy of life. I started the blog with the hopes of inspiring readers to take a more adventurous and passionate approach to life, through my own essays as well as the occasional essays from other fellow explorers and adventurers. But it’s also a place where I discuss not only the importance of passion, voice, adventure, and purpose, but also many of the questions, issues, trade-offs and challenges that anyone struggling with an adventurous path—or wondering whether or not to take such a path—faces. It’s where my most current writing appears. And if you know of anyone who might be a good candidate for an “I Do This Because …” essay on the blog—let me know!!

In addition, here are links to some of my favorite articles and essays that have appeared in print:


Who Needs the Grid?

Former NASA researcher K.R. Sridhar figured out how to create oxygen on Mars. He’s now applying that technology to transform the energy industry here on Earth.

Dirigible Dreams

A fanciful-seeming idea, which dates back to the Civil War, may soon be employed to combat IED losses in Afghanistan.

Multi-Cultural Critical Theory. At B-School?

Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, is leading a growing movement to create a “Liberal Arts MBA”

The Price of Adventure
Why do we take on adventure? Maybe because we want to live … out loud.

The Path Less Traveled
Sometimes, the best or shortest path to a more fulfilling job or life isn’t a straight line.

Their Fathers’ Sons
Exploring communication between fathers and sons, and the activities and machinery that connect them.

Winter Sky
What the lonelier winter seasons of our lives can give us.

A Demon Called Fear
Struggling to overcome life-threatening fear.

Of Risk and Life
The dilemma of safety versus fulfillment, and what risks are worth taking.

The Eyes of a Child
Seeing the magic of flight through the eyes of a three-year-old.

A Question of Trust
An essay on the fragility and importance of trust–especially when your life is at stake.

Shadow and Light
In the wake of 9/11, what tragedy and crisis can teach us.

Playing Hooky
Why sometimes, taking a break from responsibility can be … well … responsible.

Safari in Beaver, Husky, and Wookie Land
Adventures with Harrison Ford in the back country of Idaho.

Knowing When to Cut Bait
Learning to trust your gut when making ambiguous decisions in life.

The Challenging Math of Risk
How do we decide what risks are worth taking—for us, and for those we love?

No Man’s Land
Flying in the middle of a complex world of war, missionaries, and mercenaries in Southern Sudan.

Desert Caravan
Part I of III: a return to Africa and for more relief flying in post-peace-treaty Sudan, where violence is a hard habit to break.

Refugees and Legionnaires
Part II of III: adventures flying into Darfur refugee camps in eastern Chad.

Turbulence in Congo
Part III of III: relief flying in eastern Congo just as UN tanks start to roll.

A Quiet Revolution
Change happens slowly, and progress isn’t always obvious at first. But the world can change, as the story of a teenage girl who wants to be a fighter pilot llustrates.

Where Eagles Dare
Getting stranded on a glacier in the Alps … in tennis shoes.

Knowing What We Know
How do we gain confidence? A look at the cycles of learning we all go through in new fields or skill areas.