Cowboy Up! Time to run in Mancos

The Mancos Half Marathon, featuring a scenic course on mostly dirt roads, will kick off early in the morning on June 25, right here at the Mancos Public Library. (I love the Mancos library. It has the most engaged and engaging staff I’ve ever encountered. […]

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It Fills. It Spills!

Like sands into an hourglass, the San Juan Mountains snow pack has been flowing into the Dolores River and filling the McPhee Reservoir in southwestern Colorado. For weeks, the boating community has been watching the granular increases (posted online by the Dolores Water Conservancy District) […]

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

They say Zen mentality gives you the ability to be at home anywhere. Over the course of three weeks and six thousand miles, home was anywhere with a truck camper and three dogs. That was the set-up as I traveled to Maine and back, with […]

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Raves for Raven Narratives

Last month, I had the supreme joy of participating in the Raven Narratives, the new storytelling project developed by my community heros, Sarah Syverson and Tom Yoder. Listen to my story. We, a group of seven storytellers along with Syverson and Yoder (who told a […]

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A Feline Catch and Release

Say what you will about trapping. It’s not always humane and not always pursued by hunters of integrity and compassion. (Us “non-consumptive” parties – hikers, bikers, and horseback riders – can be less than virtuous, too, tossing litter and otherwise trashing the wilderness.) But the […]

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Health Hero in our midst

What our ancestors knew eons ago is confirmed by modern research: mens sana in corpore sano More specifically, we know what’s good for your heart – getting outside, exercising, and eating a Mediterranean diet – is good for your brain, too. One man in our […]

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Fog and a Meeting in Mancos

Attending a Bureau of Land Management meeting is a bit like driving into thick fog. It can be bewildering, even if you have a general sense of where you are and why you’re there. It helps if you have a lay of the land and […]

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Rave review for Raven Narratives

Really, what’s the point? What’s the point of telling your story to someone else? To a big group of strangers, no less? Turns out there are myriad points for the storyteller, for the listeners, and, ideally, for the greater community. They were revealed at the […]

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Tempest Williams stirs it up

The Outdoor Retailer is all about the selly-selly-sell. Thousands of outdoor gear exhibitors tout their latest socks, stoves, skis, shoes, snowshoes, and shovels in the effort to wow thousands of buyers (or not). Increasingly, however, it’s also about organizing and affirming the outdoor industry’s growing […]

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Tempest Williams wows OR crowd

The Outdoor Retailer is all about the selly-selly-sell. Thousands of outdoor gear exhibitors tout their latest socks, stoves, skis, shoes, snowshoes, and shovels in the effort to wow thousands of buyers (or not). Increasingly, however, it’s also about organizing and affirming the outdoor industry’s growing […]

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