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Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with people the same happiness.
Pemaquid Light House, Maine.

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with people the same happiness.

Pemaquid Light House, Maine.


Rough Seas Off Marsh Island, Maine.

Rough Seas Off Marsh Island, Maine.


A day at Popham Beach State Park before starting a 9 month wooden-boat-building apprenticeship.

A day at Popham Beach State Park before starting a 9 month wooden-boat-building apprenticeship.


Panther Mountain, Catskills, New York, USA, Earth.

Panther Mountain, Catskills, New York, USA, Earth.


An Incomplete and Continuously Updated List of Novels I’ve Read, Ever.

In No Order.

  1. The Great Gatsby
  2. Lolita
  3. Brave New World
  4. Go Down Moses, and other Stories
  5. Catch 22
  6. 1984
  7. Slaughterhouse 5
  8. Cat’s Cradle
  9. Animal Farm
  10. Our Man in Havana
  11. The Heart of the Matter
  12. The Sun Also Rises
  13. A Farewell to Arms
  14. To Have and Have Not
  15. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  16. The Old Man and the Sea
  17. On the Road
  18. Dharma Bums
  19. Dr. Sax
  20. The Age of Innocence
  21. The Catcher in the Rye
  22. A Clockwork Orange
  23. The Magus
  24. Franny and Zooey
  25. Mindfulness in Plain English
  26. The Way of Zen
  27. Underworld
  28. White Noise
  29. Mao II
  30. Libra
  31. The Body Artist
  32. Cosmopolis
  33. Falling Man
  34. Norwegian Wood
  35. The Windup Bird Chronicles 
  36. Sputnik Sweetheart
  37. Kafka on the Shore
  38. 1Q84
  39. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  40. Number the Stars
  41. The Giver
  42. A Happy Death
  43. The Stranger
  44. The Plague
  45. The Metamorphosis
  46. The Castle
  47. Bread Givers
  48. The Cloven Viscount  
  49. Marcovaldo, or the Seasons in the City
  50. Cosmicomics
  51. Invisible Cities
  52. If on a winter’s night a traveler
  53. Mr. Palomar
  54. Speaker for the Dead
  55. The Golden Compass
  56. Fahrenheit 451
  57. The Hobbit
  58. The Crying of Lot 49
  59. Crime and Punishment
  60. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
  61. Dune
  62. A Walk in the Woods
  63. In a Sunburned Country
  64. Jurassic Park
  65. Women
  66. Post Office
  67. Ham on Rye
  68. The Scarlet Letter
  69. Billy Budd
  70. Animal Farm
  71. Beloved
  72. To the Lighthouse
  73. To Kill a Mockingbird
  74. Things Fall Apart
  75. The Good Earth
  76. Rabbit, Run
  77. Frankenstein
  78. Siddhartha 
  79. Walden
  80. Atlas Shrugged
  81. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
  82. American Gods
  83. Into Thin Air
  84. A Short History of Nearly Everything
  85. A Brief History of Time
  86. Trout Fishing in America
  87. Night
  88. Never Let Me Go
  89. DMT: The Spirit Molecule
  90. The Prophet

Today I hiked West Kill Mountain, in the Catskills. It was a gorgeous day, 75*, a few wispy clouds, and hardly a breeze. The drive from Ithaca was easy, as far as three hours drives go. Happening upon a group of kids at the Diamond Notch waterfall, I only saw five more people on the hike from top to bottom, and all were amicable. The trail was quite rocky, but the elevation gain was not as bad as described, and the trail was dry, for the most part. Only at the top did the black-flies start to swarm, and even then, they very seldom landed; they seemed to prefer buzzing about. The lookout near the summit was a good 270*, certainly rivaling the view from Mount Wittenberg, which I hiked in 2010 (or so). 1:40 minutes to the top, and hour at the summit, inspecting strange noises of critters, conversing with a convivial chipmunk, and finishing my ration of almonds and cranberries. The return trip took 2 hours, accounting for a long detour at the waterfall for pictures, and a quick bath in the freezing mountain water.


Thousand Foot Drop to Pacific, from Tillamook Head

Thousand Foot Drop to Pacific, from Tillamook Head


City and Colo(u)r- Forgive Me



Yes yes yes.

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I went into the mountains, today, for the first time since last October. Revisiting Old Rag. 3,300’, an East coast legend.
I feared that the trip would rekindle memories of our first ascent. By chance, I arrived at a different parking lot and traversed the back-side of the mountain, seeing the earth-form from a completely different vantage point.
The sky was mostly clear, but the clouds steamed over the mountain peaks with ferocity. Wind wiped my skin dry, and threatened to take my pack, and empty tuna fish can, off the shear ledge.
Sometimes I feel like the mountain. Serene, and unbridled by turbulence. Other times, I’m lashed with memories, fond and fatal, or regrets, and questions of the reality of this thing.  
When those winds do happen to pass, I settle into the knowledge that change is constant; everything is everything.
But that doesn’t mean it is easy.

I went into the mountains, today, for the first time since last October. Revisiting Old Rag. 3,300’, an East coast legend.

I feared that the trip would rekindle memories of our first ascent. By chance, I arrived at a different parking lot and traversed the back-side of the mountain, seeing the earth-form from a completely different vantage point.

The sky was mostly clear, but the clouds steamed over the mountain peaks with ferocity. Wind wiped my skin dry, and threatened to take my pack, and empty tuna fish can, off the shear ledge.

Sometimes I feel like the mountain. Serene, and unbridled by turbulence. Other times, I’m lashed with memories, fond and fatal, or regrets, and questions of the reality of this thing.  

When those winds do happen to pass, I settle into the knowledge that change is constant; everything is everything.

But that doesn’t mean it is easy.


I appreciate the cool breeze in my window, these summer nights.

Simplifying my life has brought a calmness I haven’t known in some time. I am remembering that I enjoy being alone. Not without somebody, but with myself.


The view from Pyramid, before the final climb to Gothics, ADK 46.

The view from Pyramid, before the final climb to Gothics, ADK 46.


'Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.'

'Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.'