The simplest of things can make you happy if you can: 1. slow down enough to notice, 2. receive the moment with gratitude. Walk slowly, and be thankful.
How dull we are to the common beauty around us! We often think of beauty as something rare, fleeting, or elusive. I think this is wrong. If anything, creation is profligate when it comes to the dispersal of beauty. Beauty is everywhere. It's all around us. Extravagantly. Excessively. Bear's Foot is blooming in Tennessee right... Continue Reading →
This is a reminder to myself that sometimes, or maybe usually, I need to shut up, be quiet, and listen. True wisdom comes from listening not talking. (You can use this, too, if you like. But if you think I'm obtusely pointing this at someone else or to a particular situation, you need to read... Continue Reading →
All day today I will be thinking of Henry David Thoreau, who was born July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. Although he lived his whole life in the village of Concord, as a writer, philosopher, abolitionist, social activist, minimalist, naturalist, environmentalist, and avid hiker (though he preferred the word saunter), Thoreau was one of America's... Continue Reading →
If you want to know the truth, I think my best walks aren't so much hiking as just wandering around the woods looking at stuff. As adults we always think there has to be a goal, an agenda. I say it doesn't have to be that way. A walk doesn't require purpose or justification outside... Continue Reading →
Today was a good day for dragonflies. There seemed to at least one or two nearby all day long as I was out and about in our sunny yard today.
“Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television,... Continue Reading →
It's weird. Americans keep spending more money on outdoor gear and clothing while spending less time outdoors. Granted these may be two different groups of people, but I still think the overall trend is ironic and more than a little alarming. It seems odd that although we like high tech, high quality outdoor clothing, we... Continue Reading →
Walking is slow. And that's a good thing. I'm proud to be a slow pedestrian. “There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short... Continue Reading →