smoky mountains

Hazards: Following Fears, Gaining Awareness

A deep need for humans is outdoor safety, the maintenance of life, and limb. This is a powerful connecting force with the rest of life! From the sparrow fleeing the hawk, to the caterpillar hiding from the wasp, all creatures share a desire to avoid dangers or hazards. If you hook up electrodes to measure […]

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the prettiest Sit Spot

Cultivating Powerful Routines

As a nature connection mentor, my role is often similar to that of a trainer in dance, music, or martial arts. Much of the time, I’m not “teaching” my students anything. Instead, I’m creating conditions where they can easily learn through their own experiences and giving them coaching in their routines and practices so that […]

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Daddy Awareness

I still remember very clearly the first 24 hours after my first daughter was born. All of the reality seemed lit by an incredible light, and I felt like a different person. I remember dropping my wife and our newborn Katie off at the house and then getting ready to rush to the grocery store. […]

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Finding My Story

A good story has a way of getting inside you. It can reveal something about where you are in life. Stories also give us a cultural context and sense of continuity. They teach us how to live. In many Native cultures there are stories of the First People, or the Ancestors, that show how people […]

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girl reading map

Finding Your Way

I’ve been studying topographical maps and compass use for several years. By no means does that make me an expert. There is much to learn on these 2-dimensional images of a 3-dimensional world. Contour lines, magnetic declination, water, peaks, saddles, vegetated areas, and the list goes on and on. Do you know what I love […]

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Coyote tracks in sand

Following Coyotes

If I am in a wandering mood, I often head up the old road, into the valley above my Sit Spot. It has just enough human traffic in the summer to keep the mud puddles in good shape. In the winter it is used by snowmobiles. It’s about 3/4 of a mile of great four-season […]

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windy day

The Beaufort Scale

Have you ever wondered how to tell what the wind speed is? Below is a useful scale that you can use simply through your observations. This can be really handy if you are trying to keep track of the weather on a regular basis. In Kamana 3.4 and 3.5 you record the wind speed and […]

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Kamana in the city

City-fied Kamana

I find it amusing that I’m sometimes labeled an “urbanite.” It’s amusing because I’d never label myself that way. Why? Because not two days before writing these words, I was sitting on my back deck at dusk and a white-tailed buck sauntered across my yard within 20 feet of me while in the hollow oak […]

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Come to Your Senses

Look straight ahead and imagine that your eyeballs cannot move, like the owl’s eyes. Sitting absolutely still in its tree perch, the owl stares and sees 180 degrees in all directions. It puts its mind on “off” and just gazes. This patient expectant open gaze is the way to look at the sky when you […]

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shoes of a busy naturalist

Confessions of a Busy Naturalist

I remember sitting on the dock at the lake house, where I lived during my time at WAS, in early spring with my friend Michelle. We were watching the sunset, talking about our boy troubles. When it got chilly, we went inside and had some friends over for a delicious home-cooked meal, after which we […]

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