Author Archives: landje03

About landje03

A passionate outdoor educator, I hold a degree in anthropology. While not a salaried academic, I pursue various thoughts stemming from my experiences and their intersections with others' experiences. I also love to start conversations, so comment if anything tickles your fancy.

To Warm Your Hearts

There is to be a Women’s March on Washington, D.C., happening soon after 2017’s presidential inauguration. There will also be sympathetic marches happening at most, if not all, state capitals the same day. Living in one state capital alongside political activists, I live … Continue reading

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A City Dweller

This is a retrospective post, originally created in October of 2015 and then lost. I still think the idea of connectedness and living in a city through all senses is worthwhile sharing. I spent much of the winter months last … Continue reading

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Changing the Definition of “Success”

Success is an abstract concept that humans continually try to quantify. With a quantifiable metric, success becomes something we can grade ourselves against, see how far we fall short, and something hopefully we can achieve. Throughout my life, I have worked in … Continue reading

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Being Sick Sucks.

I experience life in cycles, which is another way to say I learn from past experiences to better live now. I recently added another cycle – getting massively sick thanks to the wilderness. I have giardiasis. From contracting the disease on expedition to diagnosis took … Continue reading

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Has My Moment Come?

I have a quote by Maria Lugones (2003) celebrating “…bi- and multilingual experimentation;/code-switching;…caricaturizing (sic) of the fragmented selves we are in our groups…crossing cultures; etc.” I recently read it and disagreed with it for the first time. Messing with the … Continue reading

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Remember, and Use, Your Able-ness!

Take a moment and evaluate your physical body. Can you use your arms? Check if you don’t think so. What about your legs? Fingers, toes, spine and back muscles? Are you breathing? Your brain works, because you’re reading these sentences. … Continue reading

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Moorish Spain

Fletcher, Richard. Moorish Spain. New York City: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1992. 178 pages. Fletcher’s book is less a historiographic treatise and more a detailed travelogue for the modern province of Andalucia, Spain. Nevertheless, the book traces political, social, … Continue reading

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