One of the great dichotomies is that of big space and small space. The Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge explores this in his book Silence in the Age of Noise. In his solo crossing of Antarctica, the talks about the absolute silence of the place. He saw nothing living for 50 days. This brought him a …
Why climb the mountain? George Mallory famously replied, “Because it’s there!” which has been called the most famous three words in mountaineering. Not that we get around to ‘mountaineering’ ourselves, but we do hike mountains, and this spring break we hiked the tallest one in Texas, Guadalupe Peak. We wanted to visit Big Bend National …
Given the amount of content available to us in both variety and form, one is often faced with the question how to approach it all. From blogs to podcasts, books and articles, there is only so much time. The solution for myself and many others is that, in the midst of so many voices, you …
There is but one experience every human being will share and that is death. The death I am referencing is, of course, physical human death. There are many kinds of death aside from this though; the death of relationships, of personal identity, of paradigms, of isms, and of innocence. These are all traumatic extencitions, each …
What does it mean to leave a part of yourself in a place, like when Tony Bennett sang that he left his heart in San Francisco? When we say such things, do we mean it metaphorically or is there literally some part of ourselves we leave behind? If it is metaphor, what is the metaphor …
In the developed world, a great percentage of the population lives in urban/suburban areas disconnected from nature, to which you might ask, what’s so wrong with that?
What is a friend and what is friendship for? It’s not as frivolous a question as it might seem on the surface. In fact, many philosophers have spent a great deal of time on the subject throughout the centuries, and so too will we wrestle with it here, for I think it’s one of the …
Give yourself a moment of stillness and suddenly there will be something you hadn’t noticed before.
My body was not alone, but my mind was...I was undefinable.
...it is so hard to know a place without putting your feet on the ground and walking around a bit.
When butterflies come flitting into our paths with their seemingly aimless, whimsical flight patterns, we become like children again...
Perhaps in light of the size of the universe, a little humility might be in order from time to time.
Why is it you prefer one place over another or might call one place “favorite” out of many places? I’m sure there is a psychological answer, some underlying preferences to which we’re prone yet unaware. Or maybe it’s something more inaccessible and mystical; something we just know through and through, needing no assistance from reason …
So it was the walk to and from the monastery I enjoyed the most - the small, colorful shops, the hanging baskets of flowers.
The desert reveals our frailty, humanity, and weakness.
...all this significance was wrapped up in the physical space that Oxford inhabited...
In every gathering of believers, there will be carpenters and gardeners...
But sometimes nature fills you with wonder and awe because of its vastness, strangeness, or ... bewilderment that such a thing exists at all.
We need students who can problem solve, who can have the confidence to advocate for themselves, who can identify faulty reasoning in themselves and others, and articulate why.
...the hike was one of the most memorable I’ve ever experienced.
Not having done much research in advance, I wasn’t quite prepared for the breathtaking landscape Zion would hold for us.
Because of a certain amount of life lived, questions can now be, and really must be, approached from a different perspective
In west-central Utah exists one of the oldest living organisms on earth; an aspen grove covering 106 acres in the Fishlake National Forest.
Chances are if you’ve been to the Grand Canyon, you’ve visited the much more accessible and popular south rim of the park...but the park is so large in size there is literally another side to it, the north rim, which we visited it this summer.
Those of us who experienced Mister Rogers are now grown up; we’ve left the neighborhood, which means we are the ones now responsible for asking how we should treat our neighbor.
It is the challenge and how we respond to it that marks us.
...so to each of my seniors I wrote a letter of which a portion included advice for living.
Soon I’ll be on the open road heading towards the great outdoors and it can’t come quickly enough. The need to ‘get out’ is particularly strong this year and I can’t help but wonder why? Is it just simply that I need a break from the everyday pattern of a workaday life, or that I …
...time to set aside what’s required and dive into some recreational reading!
...but like all things their time had passed, making room for the emergence of so many other flowers coming into their fullness.
Why drive 7.5 hours and pay $100 to run 13.1 miles?
It’s okay to not have an opinion, or a strong opinion, on everything.
Groups of wildflowers are hard to photograph. Unless outrageously dense, they never quite show up on film as well as they do in real life. There may be a lesson in that.
If I can alter a quote by German philosopher Immanuel Kant, “Two things fill my mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe...the natural world around me and the inner landscape of human experience within me.
Between all these lie great amounts of tension which we must learn to navigate
A light breeze was cool, birds were singing somewhere far off, and the earth opened below us for miles.
...remember that the risen Christ still had his wounds.
I’m always in favor of any activity, superfluous as it may seem, that aids us in exploring the inner-landscape of our deepest self.