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Vacation!

Today begins my favorite time of the year: going to the beach! Not just any beach, mind you, but York Beach in Maine. My partner has brought many wonderful things to my life, but introducing me to this beach sure

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John Muir: my guy.

A month or so ago, I was walking around in nature and my friend asked something to the effect of “who’s your favorite nature writer?”—and I gave a lousy answer. I think I said something like “Hands down, Muir. Then

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sauntering for my health

Ten days ago I went for a wee walk at Gowlland Tod Provincial Park—one of Vancouver Island’s bajillion parks. I had plans to go back a few days later and walk some more of the 25km of trails, but then

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i took a wee walk

I’ve been jonesing for a good walk for…well, too long. I consider late 2008 to spring 2010 to be kind of a wash. I was sickly. I was finishing school. Those things are probably related. Etc. But now I live

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John Muir, his wife, a big mountain, and a stick

If you do scholarly work on John Muir, as I do, chances are good you know the man was a crack-up. Not a crack-pot, a crack-up. He was really funny. He also loved his children very much and wrote some

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