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Scott Meadowcroft

One week ago I learned that Scott Meadowcroft, my friend, killed himself. The news hurt in ways I wouldn’t have expected – it brought up memories, regrets, frustrations, worries, and seemingly unfounded sobs. Task-driven as usual, I pondered how to … 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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How to Love Home

A pheasant rooster struts and shows off his tail feathers and vivid colors on the horse pasture’s hilltop during summers, sneaking into safer grasses only when our mare nibbles nearby. This spring, the rooster has competition for the pasture territory. The two … Continue reading

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The Wilderness of Thought

I live in a national forest near the edge of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. In my four-day weekend over Valentine’s Day, I chose to explore hikes around the area near the SGWA. Moseying toward a 7800′ “hill” with a fantastic … Continue reading

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Autonomy and Structure

This is an opinion piece that began with reading an article from the Journal of Experiential Education about perceived personal growth and autonomy. I work in a very structured environment. Every week, I am handed a schedule that informs me … 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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San Bernardino Mountains

  About two months ago, I moved to southern California. My anthropology degree and interest in outdoor education led me to a job as an outdoor science school instructor. California has a law that 6th graders must spend one week … Continue reading

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