Make Your Home a Civilized Wilderness

The house I’m staying in tonight is one of the coolest I’ve ever seen. From the outside it’s just your normal suburban home. Your first hint that it’s anything different is the sign: “Hippies Use the Back Door.” Immediately upon […]

The Appeal of Steampunk

Steampunk, n. a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. Tonight I finished a rewatch of the early 00’s Disney film Treasure Planet, a retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s […]

The Joy of Disagreement

There are some people with whom it’s a joy to disagree. A dear friend and colleague is independent-minded, intelligent, creative, opinionated, and maybe a little stubborn (like me). I love her for all these reasons. And it’s for those very […]

Be Someone’s Moral Measuring Stick

My father and my grandfather told me to “be the man [I] was supposed to be” since I was young. In their code, this means telling the truth, acting honorably, playing fairly, working hard. It’s the code of farmers, and […]

You’re Not the Only One

“I’ll go for a run/hike on the Appalachian Trail tomorrow.” “Everyone else will be hungover from their partying.” “I’m going to be all counter-cultural and go spend time in nature and sweat.” “Nobody else is serious about making a meaningful […]

Courage: Use It While You Have It

“What do you fear, lady?” [Aragorn] asked.“A cage,” [Éowyn] said. “To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire.” – The Return of the King, […]

The Magic of Long Trails

I got to the start of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain as the day started to grow dark. I’ll tell you it was an awe-inspiring experience to be there. I had just run and hiked the miles from Amicalola […]