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Prominence

“Make sure you’re not made ‘Emperor,’ avoid that imperial stain. It can happen to you, so keep yourself simple, good, pure, saintly, plain, a friend of justice, god-fearing, gracious, affectionate, and strong for your proper work. Fight to remain the person that philosophy wished to make you. Revere the gods, and look after each other….

Exercise | Fitness | Hiking | Travel

Hiking the Carters

A bit removed from the crowded trails of the Presidentials in the White Mountains, there are four summits in the Carter-Moriah Range with the name Carter. There’s a story that says the Carters were named for a man who used to hunt in these mountains, and that nearby Mount Hight is named after his hunting…

Exercise | Fitness | Hiking

Putting Yourself In It

A question mark lingered over the last few days as the weekend grew closer. To hike or not to hike? The right ankle has been gimpy since the descent down Bridle Path a couple of weeks ago, when I apparently damaged it enough that hiking wasn’t a guarantee. But then my new hiking boots arrived,…

Lifestyle | Travel

Where Would You Most Like To Live?

A couple of months ago I copied the Proust questionnaire after hearing Rolf Potts talk about it on one of his podcasts. Borrowing from a Vanity Fair segment on the topic, “The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed…

Fitness | Hiking | Lifestyle | Sailing | Travel

Upcoming Wonder

“Stuff your eyes with wonder… live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds.” – Ray Bradbury Something switched inside of me over the last few days, and suddenly I’m methodically filling my calendar with upcoming wonder. “Upcoming” is an important consideration, but “wonder” is the key word. There’s no guarantees in life, of course,…

Culture | Fitness | Philosophy

Unfolding Your Own Myth

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” – Rumi There are a lot of stories out there. Stories of accomplishment, stories of conquest, stories of adventure and love and tragedies overcome. Humanity is full of stories. The ones we tell others to make them believe we’ve got…

Culture | Fitness | Habits | Philosophy | Productivity

On Discipline

“Look at a river as it moves toward the sea. It creates its own banks that contain it. When there’s something within you that moves in the right direction, it creates its own discipline. The moment you get bitten by the bug of awareness.” – Anthony de Mello, Awareness Sometimes I fight active avoidance in…

Home Renovation | Poetry | Stoicism

Rooted

“You lack a foot to travel?Then journey into yourself!”– Rumi, If A Tree Could Wander For all my talk of moving and travel, I found myself digging deeply into the rocky soil at home, rooting myself to the land with labor and that most valuable commodity of all; time. For this weekend was the allocated…