Becoming John Wesley Powell

At some point in our lives we will all be faced with becoming John Wesley Powell in one way or another. I’ve always admired the famous explorer John Wesley Powell (1834-1902). He was one of the first explorers to run the mighty Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869. He was an explorer, geologist,Continue reading “Becoming John Wesley Powell”

A letter to my Physical Geography Students

A parting note to my Spring 2021 Physical Geography students who took an in-person class during Covid. Application of concepts learned in class that mirror advice for dealing with the struggles of life and lessons for their future

You and I on Your First Alaskan Sea Kayak Expedition

I’ll never forget your first sea kayak expedition in Alaska. There were moments of serene beauty and there were moments of sheer terror. I remember how excited you were during the time you were first planning your trip. I also remember meeting you for the first time and how nervous and uneasy you felt theContinue reading “You and I on Your First Alaskan Sea Kayak Expedition”

Happy Waitangi Day: How are you remembering it?

Today is February 5th in North America, but across the international date line it is February 6th. I landed in Auckland 30 years ago today and found the banks and many businesses were closed. I couldn’t change my U.S. dollars into New Zealand dollars. Public transport was largely unavailable. Why was everything closed on Feb.Continue reading “Happy Waitangi Day: How are you remembering it?”

Hager Mountain Hike: On a Summer day in November

Monday, November 2, 2020. It is unseasonably warm in Central Oregon. Time to take advantage of the weather and do something fun. Besides, it’s November 2, which is a day I always take to do something memorable and to reflect. If you don’t know the story behind November 2, I suggest you stop here forContinue reading “Hager Mountain Hike: On a Summer day in November”

The consequences of casual, concise Klondike encounters

How many times do we have casual encounters with a stranger? We may exchange pleasantries in line at the grocery checkout, or acknowledge a stranger walking by on the opposite sidewalk. We presume that these brief encounters are not meaningful. However, two people who have had a profound influence on my life were strangers whoContinue reading “The consequences of casual, concise Klondike encounters”

Pandemics, Baseball, dealing with racism, and July the 7th

What is the common thread between global pandemics, baseball, the historical and contemporary problems with racism in our country and July the 7th? At first glance, they might seem not to be connected. At age 63 I finally just recently discovered how intertwined they really are. The most recent July 7 passed us just lastContinue reading “Pandemics, Baseball, dealing with racism, and July the 7th”