Do you trust your instincts? Should you? If you start something big (a job, a relationship, a project, a trip) and you immediately feel it's not right, what's your pattern? Do you see it through no matter what, or do you start looking for the exit? I'm sure that the answers for you (like me) … Continue reading Gut It Out!
One of my few accomplishments during the quarantining last year (besides an epic four part poem about dust, and five poems about national park grief) involved creating a Halloween costume, buying all the parts, fitting it into a perfect storage container, and even labelling it. Then I put it in my closet, the quarantine never … Continue reading Perfection’s Rough Draft
“Thank you for visiting your national park.” We’re open! (Except for boat tours on the lake. No Visitor Centers. Plus, we hid the shark.) Oops, did it sound like “full access?” My mistake… “Phased Reopening,” means: No Pinnacles Road Or East Rim Drive. Only guests eat at the Lodge. No Ranger Programs. Some hiking trails … Continue reading Crater, Crater, Now or Later?
Daylight Savings Time disrupted MY internal clock. I can't sense what time it is, mornings fly by and afternoons linger for what seems like forever, I keep finding more clocks to change, and so on. To anyone else slogging through the mid-week morass, I present Exhibit A: the trees in my yard. I'm calling this … Continue reading Don’t Leaf Me This Way
OK, so what have we here? A sign claiming perfection that misspells "perfect." A near-impossible challenging speed limit for a car. I love the "1/2." A man both driving his car and blowing his trumpet. (Photo taken at a stoplight. The light turned green, but the playing continued.) The gloomiest "Sunny Lane" ever. (Oh, and … Continue reading Mixed Messages 2
A friend of mine is suffering from Seasonal Dysphoria. That's not a medically recognized disease, mainly because I just made it up. That's what the internet is for — fake medical information — amIright? Essentially, my friend's body is in one season and her mind is in another. Wait, hold on, it's that her house … Continue reading Cabin Fever
Pretend you're going for a hike. What do you do first? You eat something healthy, naturally. Something natural. Something high in protein and low in sugar... I'm clearly making this up. Would that constitute "healthy?" <shrugs> Oh, I know! I'll show you! Here's a photo of a healthy meal: <scrolling through photos and muttering: "Cheese. … Continue reading Trail Wisdom: Mixed Messages