I am so full of random aches I don't really know where to start. Essentially I have significant osteoarthritis in just about every joint. This rather limits the amount of effort I can put into work. The pain is intermittent. They hurt more when it is cold. They hurt more in bad weather. I can…Read more I am Fortunate
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 of good things yet to come, I would prefer not to die but I am not going to make…Read more Fear, Death and Loving Life
It's really quite simple. Really. A happy person is one who sees beauty all around them. Every time you see something beautiful, you get a little burst of happy juice. The more beautiful things you see, the happier you'll be. (Looking in the mirror is nice but not a good single solution.) I suppose one way…Read more The Secret to Happiness.
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. The world shrinks to the sun on my back, cool wind across sweat, the relentless pendulum of my legs. The sounds of the birds…Read more The Wild Child Grows Old
Yesterday was a long time coming. It has been since April that I have had a hike of any significance. My muscles have probably atrophied, my cardiovascular fitness declined. There has been a series of unfortunate events, each one reducing my hiking time. Trying to get back into the swing of things. Last Saturday did a little out…Read more Clouds
There are scientists who believe the knowable universe is just a program. You've heard of the game called the Sims? Imagine that on the scale of the entire universe. There are those who believe that free will does not exist. If only you knew the exact position and momentum of every particle in the universe,…Read more Physics and Humanity
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