Archives for August 2015

Practicing the Small Stuff

Ordinary. Common. Unremarkable. A weed that I pull up from my garden bed. True, I don’t often see white violets like this, but its cousins—the blue, purple, lavender, and yellow violets —are so abundant that I hardly noticed them when hiking on a spring day. I did read, however, that there are more than 400 […]

Confessions of a Climber

  The 13th century Persian poet Rumi once said: “Venturing into the wilderness that is God, you never know what you are dealing with.” Out in my own Appalachian Trail wilderness, it wasn’t the camping out, or the lack of creature comforts, or the heat and grime that did me in.  It wasn’t even the walking […]