Loving Nature, Hating Humans

Not long ago I listened to a young person talk for a time, then commented, “It sounds like you love nature and hate people.” She responded with a simple, firm, “Yes.” This young person is not alone in her feelings. Perhaps you too (almost certainly you too!) have had such feelings. Take your grief to nature. Settle in, get quiet. … Read More

The most beautiful day of all time

Today is the most beautiful day of all time. Consider for a moment: Was there beauty created in the world yesterday? Is beauty being created in the world today? The answer to both of these questions is of course a resounding “Yes!” You may be thinking, “But what about all the unbeautiful things that are happening in the world? Do … Read More


My tears taste of the ocean, my breath remembers mountain winds. My bones are kin with stone and soil, my hair with grass and fern and leaf. My blood claims its ties to the sun through heat and living pulse and red.   This body came to be, has grown, will age and then, like all, will die; will rise … Read More

Don’t Leave No Trace

Remember when the phrase “Leave No Trace” was the catchphrase for any excursion into wildness? I haven’t heard that one recently. I’m glad of that, because we can’t leave no trace. We can’t “take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.” The idea of “leave no trace” assumed that all we take into nature is our physical selves. We … Read More

Ocean Sunrises

Dawn has arrived, sunrise is coming, the tide is coming in. I’ve come to the ocean to greet the new day. The water is as calm as I’ve ever seen it here. The calm comes gently into my being as well. I offer a greeting to the ocean and the land. For a time I am present to all around … Read More

Me and the Duck

Once in a while we are privileged to have an experience of connection with a wild creature that affirms our kinship and the willingness of those creatures to offer us that connection when we open ourselves to it. This story is about a connection I experienced with one of Nature’s most humble. There’s a small pond near where I live … Read More