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The Power of Place

"Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there." -Gary Snyder By the age of twenty-five, I found myself having lived in five towns with populations under a thousand and having worked in and fallen in love with many more. While some may see my choice to spend my time in …

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Grappling With Our Compromised Sanctuaries

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home.” - John Muir During my time as a grad student in Virginia, much of my salvation from the long hours of research and writing came through trail running. Hour after hour, I would weave through the …

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Finding Hope in our Human Cartography

“Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I …

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Standing Staunchly Between Commitment and Consensus: The Case of the Green New Deal

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder for consensus.”- MLK Jr.  Just over a week ago the Senate voted on the Green New Deal, an open-ended, yet highly ambitious plan for addressing climate change and economic inequality. While the proposal was not voted for by a single Senator (57-0, 43 …

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Embracing the Cliché: The Space Between the Start and Finish Line

"We can't reach old age by another man's road." --Mark Twain This past weekend, I toed the line at the Fonta Flora 50k in Western North Carolina. As the sun rose above the mountains behind Lake James and slowly warmed up the dew-covered "starting line” (which was really just a haphazard opening in the grass …

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“Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it”: Finding hope in the three-step approach

"Pay attention, be astonished, tell about it." - Mary Oliver These words are plastered in my living room on a hand-painted (very amateurly at that) canvas as a continual grounding reminder of this daily opportunity and blessing we have. However, I recently have found myself particularly contemplative on all three pieces of this adage and …

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