You can’t boss mud: What is wilderness?

Sometimes I see those photos of people getting out of their cars to photograph bears. Or I hear about people feeding the coyotes and talking about them like they are domestic dogs. I've known many people who made the move to the country. My own move to the countryside was less deliberate, more of an …

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Learning to Fly, and We Both Have Wings

I used to have this reoccurring dream that I was on the edge of a steep cliff walking and walking. There were cars zipping by me. I had terrible anxiety that I was going to fall off the cliff at any moment, and I could not see a single thing off of the edge. I …

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The Real Distance of a Mile*

A few years ago I decided to learn to run. I was needing more aerobic exercise and I was tired of paying for a gym membership to do an elliptical (which I almost never used). I have always been scared of running, for a couple of reasons. One, at a certain point (like 2 minutes …

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Courage = With Heart

Courage is a common word in my house. I mean courage in the Latin-sense of the word, cor-with heart.   Courage with heart is about perseverance and thoughtfulness. It is about finding a moral compass within yourself, and acting with kindness in the direction.  It is about avoiding rash, unproductive or irrational behavior in order to …

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Keeping it Real

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. ~Kahlil Gibran Sean Eric Today is my youngest brother's birthday. It is the second year I have marked the occasion without him. It is a day that almost feels suspended in time, a space where, for a moment, I cannot move. …

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Even in harsh conditions, we thrive

White Sands National Park Sometimes living in the desert I am struck by how harsh the living conditions are. Just a few miles up the Sandia Mountains on the outskirts of Albuquerque, the landscape is dry and hot, filled with cacti and rattlers. It is not a hike for the faint at heart, or those …

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