Original Material by Me

Light

Hole-in-the-wall, Glacier National Park, Montana

East of Boulder Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, Sept 2018


When you possess light within you, you see it externally – Anais Yin


Light from the sun is one of nature’s BIG miracles. It provides the warmth that plants and animals need to survive, the illumination necessary for vision to work, and serves as the engine of photosynthesis which is fundamental to regulating our atmospheric composition of CO2 and oxygen among other things. Yet we continually take it for granted. After all, “the sun will come out tomorrow…”. Occasionally we find ourselves reminded if it’s significance, such as when we are standing exposed on a high mountain pass beneath dark rain clouds in the midst of a relentless bone chilling wind, with an aching back, groveling stomach, and blistered feet. In an instant the sun breaks through and the moment we see it we realize that we are smiling.


If light is in your heart, you will find your way home – Rumi


When goals get in the way

Goal

“Sometimes to do more you must simply achieve less”

It is commonly espoused  that to become successful at something a person needs to set goals.  Indeed, this idea is the essence of many lucrative promotional programs oriented towards dieting, fitness, marketing, networking, sales, and so on.  Read more

Breaking Up with My New Year’s Resolution

Chalkboard Sentiment

If you’ve read my earlier posts, you know that I made a New Year’s commitment to post to this blog everyday for the 365 days of 2016.  That sounded like a really good idea, and still fills my mouth with the flavor of a laudable endeavor when said out loud, but it’s actually not so great.   So I actually didn’t post to my Blog yesterday in direct defiance of my earlier commitment to post every day of 2016.  I broke with my resolution intentionally.  And here’s why.

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Clock

Why does everything take so f@*#king long?

Clock

The title says it all.  Really.  Why does everything take so long these days?

I sat down to write a quick post for day #2 of this blog.  That was 2 hours ago.  The post is still in it’s infancy.  I got distracted by perusing my newsreader (feedly), hoping to find some interesting article that I could curate and editorialize about.  And there are quite a few interesting articles coming in, but it is just soooo tedious to read them and tag them and sort them and spin them into something worth writing about that I nearly forgot about actually writing a post for my blog.   There is simply too much to take in, and seeing anything with clarity through the fog of excess is certainly one of my new challenges.

No longer do people have time to listen to you wax eloquently about your favorite pets idiosyncrasies or the people you met on your vacation.  No, instead it’s “just the highlights, please.”

Distraction is so commonplace for us all now that it is expected.  If you pay attention, you’ll likely notice that conversations today almost always have an element of redundancy.  That’s because someone almost always didn’t hear what was said.  Really.  Take a moment next time you are in a small group conversation to remain silent and observe for this phenomenon.  Verbal brevity is also becoming the norm.  No longer to people have time to listen to you wax eloquently about your favorite pets idiosyncrasies or the people you met on your vacation.  No, instead it’s “just the highlights, please.”  But perhaps the most amusing aspect of conversation today is the variety of physical and verbal queues people employ to attempt to end it.  From subtly glancing at their phone, to mentioning how busy we are, to simply turning and walking away, we’ve all become quite proficient at the art of non-conversation without even really knowing it.

To tackle this problem as it pertains to curating content for this website, I decided to reorganize my news reader to separate out those sources that I know produce interesting quality content from other interesting but untested or inconsistent sources.  Most importantly, I decided to be highly critical in my selection of these sources to keep me focused and give myself the best chance to succeed at this website.  So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite websites, blogs and sources for curated material that may appear from time to time on this blog.

Great Adventure Blogs

Indefinitely Wild

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http://www.indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com

 

Adventure Journal

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http://www.adventure-journal.com

Sidetracked

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http://www.sidetracked.com

The Art of Non-Conformity

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http://chrisguillebeau.com

Health and Fitness

Greatist

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http://www.greatist.com

Great Writing

Marv Himmel

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http://www.marvhimmel.com

Great Free Images (CC0)

Unspash

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https://www.unsplash.com

Pexels

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https://www.pexels.com