Nature | Hiking | Walking

Hemlocks in Snow

“Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say, ‘That is an oak tree’, or ‘that is a banyan tree’, the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge, has so conditioned your mind that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree? To come in contact with the…

Walking | Culture | Music

Moving on, Always

What if we could stay togetherAnd simply move on day after day after daySun and stormy weatherYou and I togetherMoving on always?— Ryan Montbleau, The Boat Song There’s a time warp experience to walking on the same beach with the same person from one year to the next. On an unusually warm Saturday in February…

Walking | Exercise | Exploration | Fitness | Hiking | Nature | Seasons

The Crunch of Now on an Icy Trail

Friday offered heavy rain that turned to sleet and finally snow. With temperatures plummeting, this quickly turned into a frozen mess on the roads. And temperatures stayed well below freezing, guaranteeing that anything frozen was likely to stay that way for a few days. The snow was transformed to rock-hard ice, with a light frosting…

Productivity | Art | Habits | Music | Walking | Writing

Getting to Deeper Work

“In an age of network tools… knowledge workers increasingly replace deep work with the shallow alternative—constantly sending and receiving e-mail messages like human network routers, with frequent breaks for quick hits of distraction. Larger efforts that would be well served by deep thinking, such as forming a new business strategy or writing an important grant…

Music | Nature | Philosophy | Seasons | Walking

Whispers in the Woods

Have you ever wandered lonely through the woods?And everything there feels just as it shouldYou’re part of the life thereYou’re part of something goodIf you’ve ever wandered lonely through the woods– Brandi Carlile, Phillip and John Hanseroth, Have You Ever It’s hunting season in New England, and bright orange is the color of choice for…

Stoicism | Health | Philosophy | Walking

The Random Gift of Injury

Stoicism is accepting whatever the world throws at you. Not to be bullied by the universe, but to accept fate and manage the moment. This, of course, is an oversimplification, but for our purposes we’ll run with this definition. There are bookshelves full of stoic philosophy at the ready should you wish to dive deeper….