Life Lessons from Being (Not) Lost in the Woods

My grandfather used to say, “I’ve never been lost in the woods. I was confused for a couple of days, once – but never lost.” Anyone who knows me well knows I have an uncanny sense of direction. Maybe I…

Photo credit: Mount Washington Observatory, 2013

In our house we have a rule: You can’t use a four letter word to describe your day. When we gather at the dinner table and someone asks about your day you better not say “good”, “fine”, or “okay”. Even…

Interview with Monadnock State Park Manager Patrick Hummel

Managing the daily affairs of the most climbed mountain in the United States is a walk in the park for 33-year-old Monadnock State Park Manager Patrick Hummel. For many visitors it’s hard to believe that this 3,165 foot high peak…

Gary Snyder's 'Riprap'

Gary Snyder’s “Riprap” paper by Marc Patterson “Lay down these words Before your mind like rocks. placed solid, by hands” The foundation of poetry, and the essence of the natural world, is found in the carefully placed language of Gary…