What he said is NOT news…

...And neither is what she said, for that matter. Post Independent Article, April, 2018 I have eavesdropped on hundreds of hours of gossip in my adult lifetime. Possibly thousands. It is, unfortunately, an occupational hazard of teaching middle school. As adolescents, we all struggled to find our place in a complex social society, testing norms... Continue Reading →

Flux

(Transcription of a note scribbled on the back of one of my homework handouts from mid-winter, 15-16. It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me.) I just realized how much I crave change. As a high pressure system settles above us, and everyone comments cheerfully on the calm blue skies, I begin watching... Continue Reading →

Social Media is Bruising the Wilderness

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, October 3rd, 2016 We are leveraging the secret, beautiful places of the world for brand enhancement, and this is leaving permanent scars on both the land and our society. Let me start by saying that I am a part of the problem, too. For example, last weekend, my husband and I... Continue Reading →

the ‘J’ word

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, December 5th, 2016 I enjoy a good swear, occasionally, relishing the judicious application of a four-letter word. Badly stubbed toes, short green lights on a Monday morning and coffee spilled on a white shirt often call for something a little more potent than "darnit." I don't take personal offense to the... Continue Reading →

Listen to ‘The Other Side’

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 22nd, 2017. "It may make your blood boil and your mind may not be changed, but the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. It is essential for our democracy." This quote from a recently former president re-introduces an issue that is not new but which... Continue Reading →

Dear POTUS

Glenwood Springs Post Independent, September 25, 2017 Dear POTUS, Where have you been? No, literally, where have you been? Besides ritzy hotels, posh beach resorts and perfectly manicured golf courses, where have your journeys actually taken you? Have you been to the desert beyond the pavement? You would have seen towering spires of red sandstone,... Continue Reading →

A Case Against Multi-Day Rafting

Published on NRS Duct Tape Diaries June 6, 2017 Someone you know has invited you on the river. They have a ‘permit’ and think you should join them for several days to float through the desert, mountains, or canyons on a big rubber raft. This may be your first time, and you’re a little nervous, but everyone... Continue Reading →

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