Opting Out


This Thanksgiving I am choosing to opt out of the “Black Friday” madness and spend my time enjoying the outdoors.  After enjoying a delicious home cooked meal with my mother, a game or two of Scrabble and a good night’s sleep, I intend to arise early and head out into nature for the day.  I will avoid all places commercial, all malls, all big box outlets and any other place that will be crowded with shoppers infected with an overdose of consumerism.  If you are one of those that will be imbedded in the madness, I hope that at the end of the day, you arrive home safe and happy.  If you are like me, I hope at the end of the day, you are also safe, happy and have had a wonderful day of communing with nature.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.


Bare Trees


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Autumn, leaves have fallen, the trees have shed their summer greenery leaving the trees bare to face the ravages of winter.  The winds howl, snow falls, frost clings to every surface and ice forms on the water.  The trees know … Continue reading

Foxx Rocks


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During our hikes on the trails above our home in Duluth, my wife and I have been aware of a large rock outcropping that looked appealing and in need of exploration.  This past Sunday the weather was perfect and so … Continue reading

The Solution



The other day as I was standing at a bus stop, a bus with a full wrap advertisement stopped across the street from me.  It was an ad for Pepsi Cola.  In large letters it stated, “LIVE FOR NOW”.  As the bus drove away, I couldn’t help think that Pepsi was on to something.  We live in a world filled with many problems, many of which will be with us for the short term and also for the long term.  Many of these problems have been created by or made worse by the corporations that run such ads.  The media has been shirking its duty to properly inform the people of what is truly happening all around us by dividing information into little sound bites that tell us little or nothing.  If one doesn’t dig deep for the facts, all we will know is what glitters brightest on our screens, magazines and billboards.

But there it was, the solution to the whole mess…LIVE FOR NOW!  Why worry about tomorrow?  Who cares what the world will look like in a few years, how toxic the environment will be, how our farms won’t be able to grown quality food in poisoned soil, or whether we have healthy air to breathe…LIVE FOR NOW!

But how about our children?  What will they think as that bus rolls by and they are lacking the air, food and green spaces we have now?  Will they want to live for that “today” as it exists for them?  If they have accurate information about the past, will they come to those of us who are enjoying the ability to…LIVE FOR NOW! and ask us WTF were we thinking?  Did we have no idea that what we were doing was making life unbearable for the future they would live in?

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of living fully each and every moment, but for me that means that  what I do in the moment will make things better for tomorrow, not worse.  Living in the moment is also important because one never knows when the last moment will come which is all the more reason to insure that each moment is filled with a life lived well and with forethought for those who will follow in the next moment.  Businesses like Pepsico, Coca-cola and many others each have a lot of negative press to contend with for their social and environmental issues, so when one of them suggests that we live for today, I can’t help wondering what would happen if they ran their corporations with that philosophy?  LIVE FOR NOW!  We are rich now, no need to worry about the damage being done today, no need to care about tomorrow.

Theodore Wirth Park

If I can’t hike close to home, I look for places where I can get in my morning walk, this time I wandered through the local neighborhood till I got to Theodore Wirth Parkway.  I’ve written in the past about the parkway system in Minneapolis, the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway.  It’s a system of trails that allows for the circumnavigating of the city via a series of interconnected trails.  I walked only a small part of the trail on this day, but hope to explore it more fully in the future.