Place-based Ecologies: Holding Together the Divide Between Humans and Nature

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” – Terry Tempest Williams Imagine a rolling, wild landscape – tall, golden-green grasses waving in a soft breeze. Large open-grown oak trees tracing the fence-lines between old farm […]

Somewhere in the Center: Day 2

This is the second part of a two-part long form travel essay. If you haven’t read the first part, you can do so here. Onward. Part Two: Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa I wake to the eastern sun peaking in through the window. Cool drops of water populate the grasses below the lime tree just outside. […]

Somewhere In The Center: Day 1

This is the first entry in a two part long-form travel essay. Imagine walking down the sidewalk on a dark street and glancing through a window in a lit house. For an instant, you see into a world that is normally hidden from view. Similarly, this essay is a glimpse into my experiences of two […]

Polarity

This piece explores the concept of polarity. Think of a magnet with one positive end and the other negative. Each end creates a positive or negative magnetic field that attracts some materials and repels others. Much like a magnet, your perspective can create a positive or negative field which will attract or repel people. Somewhere […]

A Tired Story

I wrote this essay to process and express anger, which has helped me  to integrate a perception of duality. This duality involves the apparent divide between rationally based practices to build body-strength control and spatial awareness and between contemplative practices cultivating emotional intelligence and conscious awareness. Much of the credit goes to the work of […]

Look Into My Eyes

The light was fading as was my will to continue sitting. It was growing cold and my back hurt. I was plotting my exit strategy when three gunshots rang in succession from the south. The first shot stood isolated a split-second apart from the second two, making me imagine a frustrated hunter grasping after a […]

On Letting Go

Let it go. You are holding onto something. It’s probably an idea in your head. Someone or something or someway that is important to you. You have thought this thought and felt this way for so long and so often that it is your reality. Like a computer program, it runs constantly in the background… […]

Freedom: An Exploration of Beards

Beards are fantastic. I’ve been dabbling in one lately. But I’ve found myself wondering why so few men my age have a beard? (Ladies, stay with me here. I promise there is something here for you too.) Wait…? Beards….? Why are you writing about beards again? I’m writing about beards because a gentleman I respect […]

Gratitude

Thanks for the great year, 2014. As you consider “resolutions” for 2015, think about including gratitude in your list. grat·i·tude, noun: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. In our culture of more, more, more, it is easy to lose sight of what you do have. Social media […]

Stories We Tell Ourselves

Each day we operate with a set of personal assumptions.  We wake up and have an image of how we should dress for the day. We go to work or to school and have a sense of who we’ll meet during the day and what they are like. We have assumptions about the past, about the […]