Month: June 2020

Habits | Language | Lifestyle | Philosophy | Productivity

Keep it Simple

I quietly shelved plans to hike yesterday. Thunderstorms in the forecast, friends coming over, yard work to do… you know: excuses.  Instead I did projects and regretted not getting out there and hiking.  Lesson learned.  But the bulkhead looks better than it ever has with a fresh coat of paint and the lawn has been…

Culture | Learning | Philosophy | Poetry

On Humility

“I began, slowly and dimly, to realize that humble was the only finally truly honest way to be in this life.” – Brian Doyle, The Final Frontier “You must trust that you being the best possible you matters somehow. That trying to be an honest and tender parent will echo for centuries through your tribe. That…

Culture | Habits | Hiking | Learning | Poetry | Travel | Writing

Blank Places

To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part. – Aldo Leopold Blank places on maps are increasingly rare.  With technology we’ve managed to reveal extraordinary detail on the contours of the land, water sources and potential sites to camp for the night. …

Exercise | Fitness | Hiking | Walking

Beginning With Waumbek

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” – John Muir The workout today was pretty straightforward: hike a total of 7 miles round trip up one of New Hampshire’s forty-eight 4000 footers. I’ve hiked at least a dozen of them before , some multiple times, but I didn’t track it officially. So I’m simply…

gardening | Habits | Hiking | History | Learning | Music | Poetry | reading | Rowing | Sailing | Travel | Writing

Is It Yourself You Seek?

It is yourself you seek In a long rage, Scanning through light and darkness Mirrors, the page, Where should reflected be Those eyes and that thick hair, That passionate look, that laughter. You should appear Within the book, or doubled, Freed, in the silvered glass; Into all other bodies Yourself should pass. The glass does…