The tortoise must stick his neck out to go anywhere. And any worthwhile journey is going to have dangers. I am going to die. I am at peace with that. Don't know when, don't know how. I do not fear death in any kind of anxious, chronic way. As long as life holds the promise…Read more Fear, Death and Loving Life
In case you are wondering, that's Greek for victory. It is what Pheidippides cried when he reached Athens after the battle of Marathon, whereupon he died from exhaustion. I didn't die from exhaustion (or I wouldn't be writing this) but I was wiped out by the exertion. I have managed to defeat the evil stump by the…Read more Nike!
From a while ago.... I’m on a long solo hike. I’m naked - but the good part starts when I forget I’m naked - I just exist. It becomes the default state. If you are thinking "What a wonderful day to be nude!" you ain't there yet. The world shrinks to the sun on my back,…Read more The Wild Child Grows Old
Having made my dramatic, unpredictable and life-changing decision to join the military, my next decision was which specialty to select. My ASVAB scores were thru the roof and my recruiter had stars before his eyes. I could literally pick anything. My first choice was meteorology but I let the recruiter talk me out of…Read more More Decisions
I have done exactly 6 things in my life that mattered. They mattered because they were my decision, acts of my own free will rather than simply being buffeted around by the winds of existence. When I was 14 my grandmother died. She left me a $500 savings bond, more money than I had seen…Read more Decisions
I've been some kind of nudist as far back as my earliest vague memories. I don't know why. My home was in the land of the Church of God, cold winters, moderate summers and vast clouds of mosquitoes. My naked places were full of briars and sand burrs. Yet when my parents were out I'd live…Read more Out of the closet and into the frying pan?
Live in the moment. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow doesn't exist. Don't fret about things that cannot be changed and don't worry about the future. Your job is to beg for food at the dinner table. Stop and smell the feces. My dogs never pass up a good pile of scat. You can learn a lot…Read more Things my dogs have taught me.