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Attentiveness and Context: Lessons from the Ozark Mountains

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 …

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Hiking Guadalupe Peak

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 …

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Leaving a Part of Yourself Behind – White Sands National Monument

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 …

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