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
With the rising of the sun comes the rising of my kiddo to begin yet another day of unforeseen experiences. Some days parenting is a struggle so pure and entrenching that you fear your sanity is slipping away from you like the tide dragging something out to sea. Other days the elation is so profound … Continue reading The Parent Club
Every person on the planet uses their rearview mirror to look back on life choices. As it turns out, it's a surprisingly effortless task to pick out the few decisions that -good or bad-altered your life course and trajectory. It is incredible to me that simple choices can forever impact your life and you just … Continue reading Getting things done
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. It’s as … 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