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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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Shifting Attitudes toward Business

Working as a counselor for a business camp, I came face-to-face with clashing ideas of success and economic health.  While I understand that the for-profit sector comprises the majority of the US and global economy, I have actively avoid corporate America. I … Continue reading

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“Meaningful Experiences” Means What?

I have long thought of religion as necessary to having meaning. Many experiences in explicitly religious settings (e.g. worship services, rituals, church camps) have been powerful for myself or others present. A friend once explicitly connected meaningful experiences and religion when defining … Continue reading

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Wilderness Defined

I’ve been struggling with defining “wilderness” for at least three years now. I’ve fallen through on my promise to dive into the layers of meaning from nature authors, advocates for legal “wilderness” areas, or folks with whom I interact. I struggled … Continue reading

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Seek Another Story

Catching up on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I heard about a new book: One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon by Tim Weiner. This book is Weiner’s investigative analysis of all declassified documents concerning Richard Nixon’s actions, including illegal wiretapping … Continue reading

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Pup 671: A Hero of the Marsh!

In December, the Monterey Bay Aquarium near San Francisco, California, announced that one of their sea otters have adopted a little hero of the coast – a baby Southern sea otter. The baby, or pup, is named Pup 671, and is … Continue reading

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Comprehending Crepuscular Creatures

“All right, ladies, what do you know about animals active in the night?” I ask this question to begin a class taught after sunset. The class, Nocturnal Nations, is designed to empower students to begin overcoming fears of the night. … Continue reading

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