There’s seems to be this one certain subject that is sooooo complex and convoluted, and at times contentious, that essentially no one wants to touch it with a ten-foot-pole. Each time someone even grazes the topic people get hot under the collar and so, folks keep their distance as if it were a hornet’s nest. I’m … Continue reading Ten-Foot-Pole
There are those days, those days when simply being alive is exhausting. Where you find yourself having a serious internal debate about expending the energy to brush your teeth, let alone doing anything physically active. Yes, it’s one of those days where a movie marathon on the couch seems like the best idea of your … Continue reading Donkey Run
Hello, little house you are a good one indeed. A nice craftsman home, it's all that we'll need. The rooms aren’t huge, the bathroom is tiny, but it has character and quirkiness just begging us, “try me.” And so, rooms they were painted, and furniture acquired. Before we knew it our wondering ways seemed all … Continue reading Goodbye Little House
Happy Spring! Here's a re-posting of Fire Culture to get you into gear for the upcoming fire season. First of all, don’t be that guy. Don’t be last to lineout in the morning; get back to the rigs from a store stop, water up, suit up in your jump gear, get up the hill, or … Continue reading Fire Culture
Here’s to You. Here’s to you Ambassador of greatness, keeper of calmness, architect of adventure. Here’s to you creator of candidness, governor of good times, builder of boldness. Here’s to you hugger of trees, friend of funniness, collector of laughs. Here’s to you. Here’s to you because of what you give to the world without … Continue reading Here’s to You.
My return travel from the South Island of New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. was about to begin. With roughly 1 billion hours of travel time ahead of me I needed a bit of mental preparation beforehand, rightfully so, this was going to be a long trek. I prepared by spending the … Continue reading The Love Child
Pushing, pulling, strong, gentle, calm, babbling, rushing, surging, meandering, rapid, turbulent, eddying, intense, mellow, crashing, cascading, converging, fierce, Water. Cold, hot, tepid, lukewarm, freezing, scolding, Water. Refreshing, painful, exhilarating, cleansing, excruciating, serene, numbing, purifying, annoying, relaxing, blissful, Water. Clear, polluted, murky, cloudy, pristine, Water. Drip, drop, puddle, brook, creek, stream, river, waterfall, pond, inlet, bay, … Continue reading Water.
Dear Evolving Nomad Readers, Recently I was asked to be a guest author for the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center's Two More Chains article, Fall Issue. For those who are not Wildland Firefighters, the Two More Chains articles issued by the LLC offer a strong voice for the fire community. They consistently touch on subject matter … Continue reading Like a Phoenix
Let’s go back to the basics, shall we? Does anyone even remember the basics anymore? If we strip away all the labels and identities, if we remove the lines drawn in the sand and look one another in the eye what is left? I’ll tell you. Humanity. The basics of humanity allow us to recognize that … Continue reading The Basics
I remember that day. Of course, I remember that day. Every wildland firefighter (current or former) has a flash-bulb memory to mark that point in time. I was rappelling the fire season of 2013 and my husband was on a hotshot crew. By some freak miracle, we actually had a day off together and met up with … Continue reading June 30th, 2013