Evolution Questions

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Can Someone Answer My Questions? Sometimes when I am camped out on a trail the thought arises about the Darwinian prime mover they say creates new species – Natural Selection. It came to mind for example, when I was feeding … Read More

Edge of Taos Desert Hike

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It’s supposed to begin snowing at four. I have an hour and a half to stay out here beside our cabin writing until then. I want to take advantage of every minute of it. I took my two-mile hike this … Read More

No Greater Joy

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There is no greater joy for me than being here. When I was very young I occasionally had this idea that I’d really enjoy life in my old age. Well, guess what, that is exactly what’s happening.  I’ve never been … Read More

Practicing Attention While Hiking

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 Gaining Control of My Attention I learned an exercise on the first day of the first session of a class I took twenty-seven years ago that changed my life. I’ve been practicing this exercise daily ever since. It has given … Read More

First Big Snowfall in Taos

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There was only one other vehicle in the trailhead this morning, October 19. It is my first hike after the first big snowfall of the year. I am always amazed at how many hardy hikers there are out here and how … Read More

Who is it Who Comes to Attention?

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Who, Me?   I’ve written before about how hiking trains me to come to attention. Today I’d like to get a bit philosophical and ask a dumb question: “When we come to attention, just who is it that comes to attention?” … Read More

Old Dodderers in the Backcountry

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We Must Have Been a Sight! We old dodderers can’t stop taking to the woods. My nephew Kenn Petsch is my favorite hiking companion. We have hiked dozens of times in the Grand Canyon, doing it just about end to end … Read More

Finding Jesus

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Opening My Eyes At a young age I became an atheist, but wanted desperately to believe. While an undergraduate I attended services at numerous denominational churches – Catholic, Presbyterian, Congregational, Adventist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, Eastern Orthodox, Unitarian and even that … Read More

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