Putting Spirituality into Everyday Life

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Our Daily Hike Yesterday I did a five-mile hike with Tessa.  We climbed a thousand feet in snow up the side of a mountain. We were only the second ones on the trail. The first was a grey-haired woman with … Read More

Evolution — Words Words — Fact or — ?

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Words Words Words   There are countless comments following the leading evolutionist, Richard Dawkins’ tweet yesterday, about whether evolution is a Fact or Theory. Dawkins-ites argued about which words to use in talking about evolution — theory or fact, as well … Read More

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

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

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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