I am insanely depressed right now. It is 3 am and I am watching anime Kimi ni Todoke. Where was my Kazehaya? Where was my Yoshida? My Yano? My Takahashi? Or just even a Shino? I must have missed them, 40+ years ago. Or perhaps people like this don't really exist. That's more like it. Nobody saves people…Read more Having a Very Bad Night
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
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!
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