Life Enhancements

Ticking Time

a forest of aspen trees with their white bark rising up from a field of tan colored dried out tall grass

You don’t need a time keeper in Nature. The sky, the trees, the bugs, the animals, they keep the time. All you need to do is look to them. Have the bucks dropped down below 10,000 feet? Must be nearly October. Have the grasses and plants gone brittle? It’s September. Does the moose have a[..]


Collecting Lessons

kate hiking up a rocky mountain with a bright blue sky in the background and a green valley down below

I sat crouched behind a bush, waiting, hoping I was in the right spot. I looked down and saw at my feet a plantain (the plant, not the fruit). It had been chewed all the way down to the center. I smiled imagining the deer that had stood right here having that snack. Everything eats[..]


Taking New Paths

I’m just about a week into my social media hiatus and so far so good! I’m not one of those people who loathes social media, though it is a bit like taking a well-worn path through a hellscape that – for some reason – everyone has decided is “the way we’re going to get from[..]


Living Honorably

kate squatting to gather white flowered yarrow

Know the ways of the ones who take care of you, so that you may take care of them.Introduce yourself. Be accountable as the one who comes asking for life. Ask permission before taking.Abide by the answer.Never take the first.Never take the last.Take only what you need.Take only that which is given.Never take more than[..]



Wildflowers. When the trek is long, they are are a small appreciation. When it’s so much further to go and the discomfort is significant, they are a momentary reprieve where delight is greater than discomfort. When my eyes are cast down, watching the dirt, rocks, and miles pass beneath my feet, they are a treat,[..]