Farm Life: A Brief Musing on Life, Death, and Potato Beetles

Potato beetles wear black-and-yellow-striped suits and orange black-polka-dotted masks as if dressed to play the part of the circus clown. When you pop them in between your fingers, they snap-crackle-pop, bursting with bright orange goo, their deaths staining the dirt encrusted doodles of your hands. Leptinotarsa decemlineata lays neon-orange eggs on the under-leaves of our … More Farm Life: A Brief Musing on Life, Death, and Potato Beetles

When you fail at saving the world and decide to eat Sour Patch Kids instead

Thursday morning, approximately seven minutes after my vehicle failed its annual inspection, it decided to break down on me at the trailhead to 19 Mile Brook. As a result, Friday morning found me hiking north on route 16, with my Kelty on, my snowshoes dangling, my microspikes jingling, and my thumb out. No one was … More When you fail at saving the world and decide to eat Sour Patch Kids instead

Simplify: Hide Nor Hair of the ‘Poo

“Every woman likes to have her hair not only daintily and becomingly arranged, but soft and glossy in appearance and texture…,” claims an article published in the New York Times in 1908, titled “How to Shampoo the Hair” (The History of Shampoo.) This article also apparently recommended shampooing to be “accomplished” about once per month, … More Simplify: Hide Nor Hair of the ‘Poo

Simplifying in 2016

New Year’s resolutions haven’t exactly been a thing for me in a long time. Committing to long-term, distant and uncertain end-points has traditionally made me insurmountably uncomfortable, and the times when I did decide to gather my courage and pledge myself to some New-Years-hype-induced agenda, it either had to be such an abstract goal that … More Simplifying in 2016

Backcountry Gourmet: Apples & Peanut Butter Sauce

Boiled apples and baby carrots enrobed in rich, honey-drizzled peanut butter sauce & speckled with almonds. While caretaking at the Guyot campsite in the White Mountains this past summer, I had the opportunity to get a little creative with my menu. Being a gluten-free vegetarian with a terrible memory, I decided to make a point … More Backcountry Gourmet: Apples & Peanut Butter Sauce

I could get a real job…

…but do I not live for the thrill of transition? Do I not secretly relish the crisis of adventure, the novelty of the foreign and bizarre, the suspense of impending departure—the jittery anticipation of arrival and the sweet, diverse indulgences that all the world has to offer?

NaNoWriMo: The Procrastination Devil That We All Know and Hate

You’ve done it: You’ve at least started the word document, labeled it “Nanowrimo 2015,” and slapped your name on it, for good measure, because it makes it look official. You may have even stuck a title on there too. Your fingers are poised and ready, hovering eagerly over the keyboard of your laptop. You have … More NaNoWriMo: The Procrastination Devil That We All Know and Hate