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How (Not) to Give a Wedding Gift

What does a Nature lover and adventure writer gift to friends for their wedding? It may not be what you think. The next installment in the How (Not) To series is a little funny, a little serious, and all good. Names and deets have been changed to protect the innocent.

Why The Humanities are Still King

When people hear that someone is majoring in English, chances are they think, “Oh, you are going to teach.”  Or, “Man, what in God’s name are you going to do […]

How to Interpret Dreams

Last night I had the strangest dream. I was driving in an SUV, ran over a lovely flower bed on some private land and momentarily got stuck in a man-made […]

How to Write Anything (Part III)

In parts one and two of this mini-series on writing I discussed crafting an essay with a particular audience in mind, choosing a genre and  writing with purpose, followed by […]

How to Write Anything (Part II)

In part one of this “how-to” mini-series I discussed some of the broader aspects of the initial stages of the writing process.  In that essay I covered genre, audience and […]

How to Write Anything (Part I)

Writing is contentious.  As someone who works in higher ed., I ought to know.  Looking around the country at different universities and colleges it’s easy to notice some interesting structures […]

Dirtbag Dreams: Fantasy vs Reality

(Cover Image: Fred Beckey) Virtually anyone who climbs, has ever picked up a climbing magazine, seen Reel Rock, or any YouTube video on climbing, knows the term “dirtbag”.  The general […]

Mountain Buddha: The Origin Story

I never pictured myself as a blogger.  After graduate school, most of the writing I did, when I did it, revolved around literary criticism.  That was the original plan: get […]

Why Climbing Matters

As a brief note, this article often uses the term climbing in a broad sense to include everything from rock climbing to mountaineering and hiking.  As I rediscover climbing in […]