Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Continue reading “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”


When Nature Looks Back

You looking at me? A squirrel on the Scenic Point trail, Glacier National Park, July 2014.

Sometimes, no walking is needed to become more aware of the world around you. All it takes is keen observation. And sometimes, this observation goes both ways. In his book Blue Highways, William Least Heat-Moon says, “It’s a curious sensation when nature looks back.”

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First Day Hikes

Hiking on January 1st has been a tradition for me for several years. Actually, being active outdoors seems to be my trend on “fireworks holidays” – the 4th of July and New Year’s. When I was in high school, there were several 4ths when I’d go for long(ish, at the time, 13-14 miles) bike rides from my then-hometown to the Delaware River. I’ve also hiked on some 4ths, starting with Mount Diablo in the Bay Area about four years ago. These two “fireworks holidays” are great for so many reasons. They’re on opposite sides of the year, and so guarantee diverse weather conditions; they are largely obligation free–you can do as much or as little as you like; and, of course, they include fireworks!

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A Week Before Glacier

Mind the gap.

This past winter was long, and it was far too cold to be outside very much. May was our first snow-less month, but to be fair, since then, we have had gorgeous weekend after gorgeous weekend.

I have been busy getting things ready for a two-week jaunt in Montana’s Glacier National Park. It is quite an undertaking–to pare down what you need for two weeks, and that’s two weeks of wearing, sleeping, cooking, etc.–into a backpack. Continue reading “A Week Before Glacier”

Cool tools for when walks go awry

My husband Chris recently said, “I’ve never in my life regretted going for a walk.” It’s a lovely sentiment, as it captures so well the essence of how I feel after a good walk, especially if I didn’t necessarily want to get off the couch in the first place. Since it’s such a well-put statement, I wish I were using it somewhere better than this entry.

Because nice as it sounds, it isn’t really true. Continue reading “Cool tools for when walks go awry”