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Smoky Mountain Birthday

Smoky Mountain Birthday

It’s my birthday!  And that means it’s time for my annual birthday blog post.  This year, I’m spending it in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where we are camping and hiking for several days. Our campsite is right on the Little River at Elkmont Campground, and apparently, we lucked out by getting what veteran campers here refer to as “the primo site” (Site F8, if you happen to be going there).  And I can see why!  It’s private, quiet,…

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Birthday Adventure

Birthday Adventure

April 21, 2017 Today, I am honoring myself.  It is my 40th birthday and I am spending it outdoors in the wilderness of Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas.  I can think of no better way to celebrate than by reveling in the wonders of the natural world.  I cannot think of anywhere else that I would feel such a sense of peace and connection with the grand web of life – a connection which particularly bears reflecting on as…

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Birthday Reflections

Birthday Reflections

Every year on my birthday, I like to spend some time reflecting on my life and who I am as a person.  Have I changed?  Have I stayed the same?  Often, the answer is both. Today, I am feeling extremely grateful for the gift of life.  What an amazing thing, to be alive – to see beauty and experience suffering, to see yourself and the world around you change with each passing year. I am grateful to my parents for bringing…

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The Muir in Me: Birthday and Earth Day Reflections

The Muir in Me: Birthday and Earth Day Reflections

It’s my birthday!  I love birthdays – both mine and other people’s.  It’s the one day of the year that seems like your own personal holiday.  I always try to take the day off to do whatever I feel like, to indulge in the things that fill me with joy, and to reflect on my life and what makes me “me”.  This invariably means that I am spending time outdoors. For years, I was tormented by the fact that my…

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