Archive For The “Pontificating and Philosophizing” Category

An Ode to Spring

By | April 14, 2014

If you have any heart for the outdoors, spring will fill that heart with elation. Summer and fall, even winter, have their charms, but spring is the rebirth of hope. It is that time of year when the gates of ice and snow are opened and the long-imprisoned molecules of water are released into the […]

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Wilderness Wednesdays 1

By | September 18, 2013

John Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club. He died on Christmas Eve in 1914. He’d lobbied the government for what became Yosemite National Park. Thus, many call him the “father of the national parks.” When they made those statehood quarters awhile back, California’s featured John Muir. As such, and having been entertained lately […]

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Crazy with Books

By | February 28, 2013

My house is crazy with books. Right now I am trying to read a book on landscaping with native plants (specific to Michigan) as well as one for folks with tiny lots who want to homestead. There’s also What the Robin Knows, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with […]

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Beating a Rainbow to Death

By | October 10, 2012

“The dorado did a most extraordinary thing as it died: it began to flash all kinds of colors in rapid succession. Blue, green, red, gold, and violet flickered and shimmered neon-like on its surface as it struggled. I felt like I was beating a rainbow to death” —Yann Martel, Life of Pi Maybe once upon […]

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Car Music as Outdoor Training?

By | August 9, 2012

My daughter is slightly obsessed with “If a Tree Falls” by Bruce Cockburn. So I wanted to do a bit of a hyperlink experiment with the song. The results follow. Stay tuned afterwards for my thoughts on how this ties into the experience of all of us with our kids, outdoors. **************************************************** IF A TREE […]

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On the Hook with a Book Named Kook

By | May 24, 2012

I recently read a book about surfing by Peter Heller. Except that it wasn’t just about surfing. In fact, for me it was hardly about that sport at all. What it was about (that concerns us here) is love. Love of the ocean. Love of significant others. And love of surfing. And how these three […]

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By | March 25, 2012

I’d like to think at this point in my life, that I’m some sort of amateur naturalist. After all, I started reading Ranger Rick magazine when I was about 7 years old, and have been aware of animals ever since. Add to that all the hours I’ve spent watching deer with my mother (“Be QUIET!! […]

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Rainy Day Swimmin’, Whether 12 or 35.

By | March 11, 2012

As we continue through March, you can sort of rest assured that theres a few rainy days ahead. ‘Cat-in-the-hat’ days. So whats an outdoors-oriented parent to do on a day like that? Well, one could make a case for being outdoors in all weathers with your kids (as I will, later). Or a person could […]

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Five Reasons For Hope In 2012

By | December 31, 2011

Generally, I have contempt for these “end of the year” countdown posts. But in the spirit of the “season,” I’m going to set that aside and think positive. Lots of people have had a stinky 2011. Here are five reasons why 2012 is going to be better… 5. The rise of public bicycles. First, it […]

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Pining for the Hills

By | December 29, 2011

The word pining comes from the Latin, poena, which means “to suffer.” And even though it seems natural to us this time of year that the word should be related somehow to the name of the conifer, pine and to pine come from very different sources. In either case, we’re pining for the pines, so […]

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My “Grown-Up” Christmas List

By | December 20, 2011

I have this suspicion that very little of human communication is original. There seem to be “scripts” for a huge variety of situations, and they are odd individuals who deviate from the lines we know that are expected of us. No one really answers the passing “How are you?” Chatting with a stranger almost always […]

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