(An excerpt from my essay, “Nigh Unto the Mountain”) The crusty black lichen clings to the pores in the granite just inches from my face. Pale etchings in the stone form interesting patterns, but soon they begin to swirl. I close my eyes, inhale, exhale, and adjust my grip on the tiny handhold beneath two … Continue reading A Long Day on Longs Peak
There are two “red flags” to consider when listening to the news media or political speeches. If we are being told to be afraid of something, the speaker is trying to manipulate the emotions of the listeners. Typically, they will then offer their agenda as the solution to calm the fears they just imparted. If … Continue reading Two Red Flags
(An excerpt from my essay, “On the Personal Acquisition of Meat”) I had no idea how far I had walked that day in pursuit of the wary antelope herds. When focused on a task, I do not monitor miles or minutes. By now, the sun was approaching the western hills, and it was clearly time … Continue reading Walking in the Dark
An excerpt from my essay, "On the Personal Acquisition of Meat" The rustic Maddox cabin reminds me of the original home of Jed Clampett. The main room has a large table in the middle with a kitchen sink in one corner, a row of chairs on one side, and a wood stove in the other … Continue reading Story Telling
Years ago, I read Albert Einstein’s book, “The General Theory of Relativity.” More recently, I read Gerald Schroeder’s book, “The Science of God.” Quite frankly, Einstein was a little easier to understand than the astrophysicist, Schroeder. However, the latter really caused me to think hard about the concept of time, and how it relates to … Continue reading Genesis One and the Elasticity of Time
Skeptical: inclined to question the validity of something purported to be factual. Mystic: someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension. I am among those who are a mystic at heart, and skeptical about many things that western culture presumes to be true. I am skeptical about some of the following: ◾Statistical … Continue reading A Skeptical Mystic?
The only time I ever wish I had a television is during the Olympics. It is not that I am a big sports fan, but there is something about people from all over the world gathering to compete. It is also a very interesting dynamic to see everyone willingly and proudly identify with a certain … Continue reading Olympics, Nationalism, Conquest, Self-Esteem, Fear
Thursday, January 4, 2007. At approximately 6:05am, a large ball of fire streamed through the sky from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs. I heard the “unconfirmed report” on the radio as I drove to work that morning at 6:30 – “a possible meteor had entered the atmosphere above Ft. Collins.” Perhaps only a few dozen … Continue reading A Camel Swallowed