Category Archives: Life

The Owls

This is the contemplative stillness that I seek when I’m meditating.  I get it sometimes for minutes at a time, but the owls…they’ve got for hours. I can walk right up to them.  They notice me.  Blink.  Blink again.  Then it’s back … Continue reading

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Evening in Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park,  May 2014  “Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished. — Mary Oliver    

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April is the Coolest Month…

“Spring” in Montana is a weeks long exercise in frustration. Gray skies, wind-blown dust, snow storms, driving sleet…it drives me nuts. But when I hear the snow geese honking overhead as they make their way north, or see “my” eagles … Continue reading

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Bleu Horses: A Montana Artist’s Gift

If you happen to be driving Highway 287 between the little towns of Three Forks and Townsend, Montana, make sure to check out the herd of horses grazing on the west side of the highway. Montana artist Jim Dolan created the … Continue reading

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Idiot Wind

The wind has been howling for five straight days, which means that there’s a new soundtrack accompanying me whenever I get up the gumption to go outside: Bob Dylan’s “Idiot Wind.” It’s actually not one of my favorites, and is not … Continue reading

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Out Under the Winter Sky

In 1964 Judy Collins recorded Billy Edd Wheeler’s haunting song “Winter Sky”.   I probably heard it about 10 years later, but it has been the accompaniment to all of my winter ramblings for the past 40 years.   The lyric about death … Continue reading

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I Resolve

to be more like the wonderful human being who posted this warning at a local trailhead: Happy New Year everyone!

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