What Will You Do When It’s Cold?

As Autumn ushers in colder winds from Canada, friends and acquaintances ask me – as I continue my sabbatical in a 10×16 shed with best friend Clarence – “What will you do when it’s cold?”  I appreciate their concern and curiosity.  Construction on the house is progressing so slowly that I will consider myself fortunate […]

Family

I suspected but did not realize the strength and uniqueness of my family until my 70th birthday. I have never been a fan of birthdays, and would just as soon see them pass unnoticed as just another day.  This year, the year of my 70th birthday is different.  Living minimally and hermit-like and off the […]

Reinvention

In 2002, I left corporate America for the first time, returned in 2004 and walked away with finality in 2012.  Although I enjoyed the many trips I made to Latin America with my friend Dwight, I gained little satisfaction from the corporate world, only money.  I left in 2002 with the desire and commitment to […]

Water

I am midway through my ninth week of living minimally ‘off the map.’ Excepting the broken leg from a week ago, it has been an exhilaratingly positive experience on all fronts: spiritually, mentally and physically. I was schooled in the ‘whole man concept’ as a cadet at the Air Force Academy 50 years ago. That […]

Mail Order Annie

I acquired my first Harry Chapin album in the fall of 1972 when I arrived in Anchorage.  Heads & Tails it was titled.  It was the first of 11 albums Harry would produce over his too-short career that ended tragically in a car accident in May 1981, the same month and year my best friend […]

Beyond Politics

I saw a bee on a flower this morning and recalled these words from Celtic thinker John O’Donohue… “Animals know nothing of Freud, Jesus, Buddha, Wall Street, the Pentagon or the Vatican.  They live outside the politics of human intention… they already inhabit the eternal… the dignity, beauty, and wisdom of the animal world [is] […]