The permanence is absolute and swift. There’s a snap of the fingers and everything is forever changed and yet nothing seems to be different at all. Am I going crazy? You look around and everything is familiar and normal except someone is missing. It’s disorienting when people in your life disappear without warning. … Continue reading Tornado Alley
Today I went for a hike with my 2-year old munchkin strapped to my back. I lumbered along steadily climbing up in elevation for 4 miles without resting until I reached our destination. Parents out there understand that when you're hiking with a munchkin it’s easier to keep moving than it is to stop and … Continue reading A Worthwhile Endeavor
It’s that magical time of year when spring has sprung. The flowers are blossoming, the trees have budded and the grass is growing like it’s been sprinkled with steroids. It’s all so whimsical, so enchanting, so… okay enough of that crap. What it really means is that seasonal allergies have descended upon the human race … Continue reading All up in your face
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Every spring crews nationwide ready themselves for the fire season by way of physical training, medical scenarios and classroom time and every year that guy shows up. How is it statistically possible that we end up with that guy almost every year on every single crew? Even though we all know that guy, there … Continue reading The Shuffle
Look up from your smartphone, engage in humanity, turn off the television, make eye contact, participate in your life, watch a river; stand for something. Climb a tree, make a difference, take a vacation from the internet, write a card and mail it to a friend, commit to a cause, grow a garden, listen to the stories of … Continue reading Be. Here. Now.
We’ve all got our thing right? Our thing that other people find to be over the top, quirky, or unreasonable? I may have a bunch of “things” but one is for certain, the constant unwavering presence of fear that I carry with me throughout life; you might say fear is my co-pilot. If you … Continue reading Fear is my Co-Pilot
DISCLAIMER: There is a healthy amount of cussing strewn throughout this post, consider yourselves warned. The fire season was here once again and I had taken a temporary detail away from my job on the rappel crew to work at the Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) as part of the Heat Stress Study … Continue reading A hike in someone else’s boots
Prior to Ani being born I had heard about something called a baby hammock. I was intrigued by the concept but my brain simply couldn’t process the idea of putting a baby in a hammock; I mean, what is keeping the infant from flopping out of it in the same fashion as an uncoordinated … Continue reading Sleep it off baby
There are those people Those places Those moments in time Those sounds which resonate deep within your memory bank Those people that bring an ire-tractable smile to your face when they so much as cross your mind. Those places that feel as if they are actually somehow embedded into your soul. Those … Continue reading The Irreplaceable