Tag Archives: You do You

Kate Spade and Pure Grit

When I opened the trunk today to organize the contents of my life in a Chevy Aveo, I saw a perfect vision of paradox. The items in my vehicle were selected carefully and with great consideration; having no known place to live when they were packed I chose the things I knew I’d use, the things that would make me feel the most comfortable anywhere I ended up, and the tools/gear I’d need to do what makes me me. Continue reading Kate Spade and Pure Grit

Malibu, California

DSCN4005January 2013. Just passing through….I really miss those Dickies. I wore them everywhere, even though they were too big. You’ll probably see em in at least 50% of my adventure pictures…they came from a clothing swap in Eugene…one day I’ll find a replacement!

Had to share this one because I’m going to be in Malibu a week from today! Stoked!

Proof of a Life Well Lived

Over the weekend I got this really deep feeling of accomplishment while looking at some old photos. Not like I’d achieved a huge goal or finally made a million bucks as an herbalist…it was a feeling in my soul, of my soul being fulfilled and alive and on the right course. Continue reading Proof of a Life Well Lived

What Can I Do? On Having NO Excuses.

I’ve lately taken a new approach to life challenges, and while I haven’t been 100% successful in implementing the strategy, it’s definitely work being done. You know, that deep down, personal, soul baring work that get’s no pay check but has priceless rewards…it’s my favorite kind of work to do but hard to make a living on.

Ask yourself this: “What can I do?” There are so many possible meanings to the question…it could be asking with some attitude when the problem faced is one you don’t want responsibility for. It could be asking with a feeling of hopelessness or helplessness when you might be so overwhelmed by suffering and stress that there seem to be absolutely no options at all. It can be asked out of laziness when it’s so much easier to see no alternatives to whatever is currently requiring your attention. Continue reading What Can I Do? On Having NO Excuses.

Episodes and Visions

An excerpt from the book that has become my favorite, by the writer like whom I aspire to become.IMG_3726

“What can I tell them? Sealed in their metallic shells like molluscs on wheels, how can I pry the people free? The auto as tin can, the park ranger as opener. look here, I want to say, for godsake folks get out of them there machines, take off those fucking sunglasses and unpeel both eyeballs, look around; throw away those goddamned idiotic camericas! For chrissake folks what is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare? eh? Take off your shoes for a while, unzip your fly, piss hearty, dig your toes in the hot sand, feel that raw and rugged earth, split a couple of big toenails, draw blood! Why not? Jesus Christ, lady, roll that window down! You can’t see the desert if you can’t smell it. Dusty? Of course it’s dusty – this is Utah! But it’s good dust, good red Utahn dust, rich in iron, rich in irony.  Turn that motor off. Get out of that piece of iron and stretch your varicose veins, take off your brassiere and get some hot sun on your old wrinkled dugs! You sir, squinting at th map with your radiator boiling over and your fuel pump vapor-locked, crawl out of that shiny hunk of GM junk and take a walk – yes, leave the old lady and those squawling brats behind for a while, turn your back on them and take a long quiet walk straight into the canyons, get lost for a while, come back when you damn well feel like it, it’ll do you and her and them a world of good.  Give the kids a break too, let them out of the car, let them go scrambling over the rocks hunting for rattlesnakes and scorpions and anthills-yes sir, let them out, turn them loose; how dare you imprison little children in your goddamned upholstered horseless hearse? Yes sir, yes madam, I entreat you, get out of those motorized wheelchairs, get off your foam rubber backsides, stand up straight like men! like women! like human beings! and walk-walk-WALK upon our sweet and blessed land!”

~Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire pp 261-262.

Little Wanderer

I first heard this song a few days ago, and it just reminded me of myself.  Actually it’s hard to explain. I feel like this is a song that someone would sing to me. One someone in particular, but probably a few  people in varying familial/platonic/romantic relationships with me scattered all over…the world.

Thank you to my evergreens, those of you who sing it to me, for understanding that though I may wander back to you, I’m not likely to stick around long…

Love the Appalachian Mountains? Love the Earth? Get Involved!

*Press Release from Richmond People’s Climate March – Please share on social media!*

Hello friends and earth activists,

Please save the date of February 23, 2015 for the Richmond People’s Climate March!  As the Virginia General Assembly begins to wind down, we want to meet our legislators bright and early to “Sound the Alarm” on climate change in the Commonwealth! We want them to know that we are awake and watching their responses to climate change!

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At a time when the world’s leading scientists have repeatedly stated that we must phase out fossil fuels within the next 15 years in order to mitigate rising sea levels and other effects of climate change, Virginia is doing less than the bare minimum to move us toward a sustainable future. With Dominion’s political influence at an all-time high, Virginia communities from the coasts to the mountain valleys are taking the brunt of Dominion’s greed and inaction.  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will tear through generations of family homes and history, will increase the likelihood of soil and water contamination, gas explosions, and will accelerate greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, our coastal communities in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the Eastern Shore are second only to Louisiana in vulnerability to sea level rise, and now may face the additional threat of offshore oil and gas drilling.

In the spirit of love, justice, and stewardship of our Earth, Richmond People’s Climate March is calling for leaders of our local faith communities to join us on Monday February 23 at 7am at the Virginia Capitol to sound the alarm on climate change and pray for the wisdom of our elected officials as they finalize legislation during the 2015 General Assembly session. In response to the growing global movement for climate and environmental justice, we must empower each other to create the changes we need. We are the joyous resistance!

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At 7 a.m. we will gather at the Capitol Bell Tower and then hold a multi-cultural, inter-faith prayer circle, inviting Virginia State legislators to attend as they arrive for work. We will then sound the alarm on climate change with the help of  indigenous drum circle, War Paint of Lumberton, NC as well as other cultural performances. Directly following the climate alarm, we will unveil to our governor and legislators,  “The People’s Preferred Energy Plan” calling for utility-scale renewable infrastructure, phasing out of dirty coal, and opposing fracked gas and oil drilling in our future.  We will then take a short march in the vicinity of the capitol to spread the message of climate awareness to the city.

2015 is poised to be the year that we collectively change the conversation on climate chaos. Last September, 400,000 people marched in New York City, carrying with them a wave of momentum that continues to this day. This is the momentum necessary to turn the tide, in Virginia and across the South. Please join us!

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Please forward to your network of activists and supporters. If you have any questions feel free to email me. Since its so early we are offering places to stay for out of town folks. Let me know if you need accommodations.  Hope to see ya there!

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In solidarity,

Richmond People’s Climate March

James River Park System – RVA (Richmond, Virginia)

Now that I’m back to living in a city and am somewhat stable with a job and rent and bills and stuff, I have to find time and places to get decent roaming in.  Unfortunately the mountains I crave and the hikes they bestow are a good 2-2.5 hours away, and with my weird work schedule it’s not always possible to get out there every week. Fortunately though, Richmond has done a good job with the James River Park System, and a gorgeous trail is less than 15 minutes (drive time) from my home. Continue reading James River Park System – RVA (Richmond, Virginia)

What are You Running Away From?

Bolt Bus 2 Eugene:Music: Beirut

I wonder how many travelers get asked, “What are you running away from?” Whether in jest or posed in sincerity, it seems like a lot of people who ask this question think if a person is having adventures they must also have storage units full of skeletons and overdue payments in some far away town, or arrest warrants in several states, or scary demons deep inside, all chasing the weary wandering avoidant hobo over the world in search of a good hideout! Continue reading What are You Running Away From?

Day 38: Pine Swamp Branch Shelter

I feel like I’m being haunted by weather forecasts. I wish I could tell everyone I meet not to mention whatever they’ve heard, good or bad, about potential weather changes. I like setting out and not thinking about some stupid meteorologist man’s inaccurate predictions of Nature’s behaviors. Continue reading Day 38: Pine Swamp Branch Shelter