Tag: wilderness

Wilderness and Me

Wilderness and Me

| November 15, 2014 | 9 Replies

For man to be able to live he must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite. –Leo Tolstoy I spent most of the last few weeks traveling and teaching. I interacted with more people in just the last month […]

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Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

Meditations on Art, Work and Solace

| July 30, 2014 | 12 Replies

There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge and wisdom. Shall we instead choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? I appeal as a human being to human beings; remember your humanity, and forget the rest. –Bertrand Russell A ponderous shadow darkened my thoughts these past few weeks and I […]

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Proud Confessions

Proud Confessions

| March 19, 2014 | 12 Replies

“But the high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.” –Hermann Hesse On a recent workshop one of the participants was surprised to hear me say that in the last couple of years I’m usually only […]

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Vanishing Experiences

Vanishing Experiences

| October 10, 2013 | 14 Replies

Recently I had some business to attend to in Salt Lake City and was able to revisit some of my old haunts in the Wasatch Mountains. Things have changed, some in subtle ways, others more profoundly. In the few years I’ve been away, some of the once-bumpy mountain roads were paved; others were improved for […]

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Solastalgia

Solastalgia

| September 1, 2013 | 10 Replies

“the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home.’” –Glenn Albrecht (NY Times) I am home. This may seem an obvious proclamation, but it didn’t always mean the […]

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Wildness and Wilderness

Wildness and Wilderness

| May 8, 2013 | 5 Replies

Rain came today, a harbinger of monsoon season. Lightning and thunder and gentle drops shining like precious gems on tree branches and the radiant green of new foliage. I went out for a drive, not so much for photography but to revel in the scents of wet earth, sagebrush and pine. I hiked to a […]

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Early Spring Meanders

Early Spring Meanders

| April 2, 2012 | 27 Replies

As spring slowly awakens life in the high plateaus, I went on my first solo backpacking trip of the season. While nights at home still dip below freezing, the canyon country is already warm and welcoming. Now back at my desk I revel in the sweet fatigue that follows such excursions; remembering with vivid clarity […]

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I am The 0.000000014%

I am The 0.000000014%

| November 6, 2011 | 25 Replies

According to recent news, world human population is now at approximately 7,000,000,000, roughly twice what it was when I was born. By chance, I have had the privilege of always living within close proximity to natural places, and I learned to appreciate the benefits of solitude and peace from an early age. These places of […]

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Coming Home

Coming Home

| July 19, 2010 | 25 Replies

It’s quiet in my living room right now. An afternoon thunderstorm is brewing, as they do this time of year, and the sky had darkened. The cottonwoods in the yard are swaying in the warm wind, scattered raindrops dot the windows, and the only discernible sound is my dog’s quiet breath as she sleeps at […]

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Not An Environmentalist

Not An Environmentalist

| December 29, 2009 | 30 Replies

I spent most of the holiday weekend on the road, quite literally. I drove about 1300 miles alone on the long lonely rural highways of Nevada, not seeing another vehicle or human presence for hours at a time. The intense chill made for crisp clean air, and I had to stop every so often just […]

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