Life Lessons from Being (Not) Lost in the Woods

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…

Stop Being "Good"

Stop Being “Good”

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…

Gary Snyder's 'Riprap'

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…