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. Continue reading “Blank Places”

That’s Not Me

With apologies to the rest of the Starks, the best character arc in Game of Thrones is Arya’s. Beginning way back in season one when her father Ned talks about how she’ll grow up to marry a high lord and rule his castle, and she looks at him and replies, “No, that’s not me”. It’sContinue reading “That’s Not Me”

Bury the Bright Edge Deep

“The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge Through living roots awaken in my head. But I’ve no spade to follow men like them. Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it.” – Seamus Heaney, Digging Jim RohnContinue reading “Bury the Bright Edge Deep”


“But let’s not talk about fare-thee-wells now The night is a starry dome And they’re playin’ that scratchy rock and roll Beneath the Matala Moon” – Joni Mitchell, “Carey” These particular lyrics jump out at me every time I hear this song.  The spell of a starry dome night on a beach in Mexico withContinue reading “Stargazing”

I Mourn for the Undiscovered

Up early, reading some Robert Frost poetry I don’t remember reading before.  I’m mesmerized by a line and read on.  I get like this. Millions of songs on iTunes, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s out there despite a lifetime focus on music.  I’ve spent huge chunks of my time exploring new music,Continue reading “I Mourn for the Undiscovered”

The Yin and Yang of New Hampshire and Vermont

“She’s one of the two best states in the Union. Vermont’s the other. And the two have been Yokefellows in the sap yoke from of old In many Marches. And they lie like wedges, Thick end to thin end and thin end to thick end, And are a figure of the way the strong OfContinue reading “The Yin and Yang of New Hampshire and Vermont”

Handshake with History

Handshake with History Whenever I visit a place, I try to understand a little bit about the place.  Who came before me?  What happened here and how has that changed this place and the world we live in?  You stumble on ghosts walking through quiet woods when you come upon a stone wall running straightContinue reading “Handshake with History”