The late great writer and historian Wallace Stegner once wrote that "National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." Since Stegner first expressed his sentiments in 1983, we've added many places as national park units to protect and preserve for … Continue reading America’s Best Idea, and One of the Last Best Places, in Winter!
"If you think you're enlightened, go spend a week with your family." -Ram Dass The above words of wisdom were steadfast companions as Erik and I visited family and friends in Virginia and North Carolina the first part of November. We visited with my Dad, perhaps for the last time, a few days after his … Continue reading Giving Thanks, For Everything
National monuments are a direct result of the 1906 Antiquities Act, which gives presidents "the authority to, by proclamation, create national monuments from federal lands to protect significant natural, cultural or scientific features." The Act also allows presidents to set aside or accept the donation of private lands for such purposes. Without the protections and … Continue reading Monumental Legacies
The new YourLifeNature website has just launched, after some quality, behind-the-scenes time collaborating, re-envisioning and co-creating with site builder and designer Skyler Bexten of Kalispell, Montana. Following are some of the highlights and developments you'll find at my updated site at www.yourlifenature.com First, 36 new photos are available for purchase as signed, large format 8" … Continue reading Welcome to YourLifeNature!
Having a Plan B, C, and maybe even D in life and nature comes pretty easily when I am in the backcountry, but this seems to be way more complicated in front country, and even car camping settings. Add to the equation a larger number of people, schedules, timelines and desires, and it only seems to become even more complex. … Continue reading Having A Plan B, C and Maybe Even D
Spring is indeed a time of palpable and visible miracles, as are the other seasons of the year. Crocuses rocket out of the ground not long after overnight snowfalls that often melt the following morning. Robins and northern flickers contest favorite spots on lawns for emerging worms and insects. It's easier now for most people to wake up with … Continue reading Natural Miracles
Time always seems to speed up a bit the second half of March. Nearly every day the grass does look a little greener, more plants and trees are starting to bud, English sparrows, nuthatches, and black-capped chickadees race around, and on some days, we go from 55 degrees in the afternoon to wet snow in the space of a few hours! It's … Continue reading Chaos, Creativity and Change
Montana’s romantic and rugged landscapes have always had a profound impact on people who have spent time here. Author John Steinbeck, who journeyed through the state in 1960 with Charley, his French poodle, declared “I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana, it … Continue reading Coming Home to Montana
In the fall of 1984, I backpacked through Asia for about eight months before taking on my first teaching job at a refugee resettlement camp in Thailand the following June. It was a heady time, full of adventures and a few misadventures as well, and through traveling in different countries, I came to learn not … Continue reading Build Bridges, Not Walls, in 2017.
A few fitful nights ago, when I was in deep monkey mind and unable to sleep, I got an intuitive nudge to re-read a story I wrote 15 years ago, "Right of Way," and see how it spoke to me at this time. December 2001 was the beginning of a winter I spent in the heart of Yellowstone, not … Continue reading Yellowstone Dreaming