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Rosy’s Backpack

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Mary Oliver in Wild Geese A few years before I retired I added a pop-up camperContinue reading “Rosy’s Backpack”

Getting the Grace

Give me the courage to stand the pain to get the grace. Flannery O’Connor Fellow hikers who read my blog know how much the trail toughens us up for life. Almost every hiker has had that experience, sometimes at the end of a long day of hiking. Out of water perhaps, hot and tired, andContinue reading “Getting the Grace”

Things Best Known

Will you seek afar off? You surely come back at last, In things best known to you finding the best, or as good as the best. The folks nearest to you finding the sweetest, strongest, lovingest; Happiness, knowledge, not in another place, but this place–not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Whitman William AtkinsContinue reading “Things Best Known”

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