Be Humble, or Be Humiliated

Be Humble, or Be Humiliated.

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Be Humble, or Be Humiliated

I wrote an essay during my MEd program titled, “Be Humble or Be Humiliated”. The premise behind my words was to express my belief that in order to learn one needs to become humble enough to hear what is being taught. 

Just this week, I’ve been humiliated by 5-year olds. This, by no means, was their intent. It was the result of me getting caught up in the need to please in order to be liked, and accepted. 

$18.54 later, I had purchased ice cream for my five, little adventurers and me.

I walked right into my own trap! I was focused on getting to the farmer’s market, downtown. They, on the other hand, were completely engaged just walking around the neighborhoods around HQ. I thought I had to have a specific destination in mind. They, on the other hand, found each feather, flower, tree, stray cat, hammock, climbing rock, walking stick, irrigation ditch, and bug a destination in itself.


A fresh snake skin created an afternoon of searching for snakes. 



The snakeskin was soft, warm, and complete from head to toe. 

We could even see the holes where the snake’s eyes were!



 In Colorado, it’s important to wear sunscreen. 

Our native tree, the Aspen, provides us with a natural source!


 Charlotte’s skin is protected using the Aspen tree’s powdery sunscreen.


When I humble myself, and take out my goals for the day, true adventure occurs for my Waldkinders, and for me.




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Words to Inspire

I’m reading E.O. Wilson’s book, Biophilia, for the first time. I have biophilia: the innate tendency to focus on life and life-like processes.


A tide pool to explore, in San Diego, CA.


Wilson’s book are his thoughts on humans, and our connection with other life forms and each other, on Earth.





Last night I read a most inspirational quote, a memorial tribute to Hermann Minkowski, by Daivd Hilbert, about the “…perpetual cycle with gentle botanic images”. His words speak volumes about why I do what I do, why I say what I say, and why I teach the way I do.


“Our Science, which we loved above everything, had brought us together. It appeared to us as a flowering garden. In this garden there were wellworn paths where one might look around at leisure and enjoy oneself without effort, especially at the side of a congenial companion. But we also liked to seek out hidden trails and discovered many an unexpected view which was pleasing to our eyes; and when the one pointed it out to the other, and we admired it together, our JOY was complete.”

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A trail in the forest, in Vermont.

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Waldkinder Preschool

Waldkinder Preschool.

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Summertime in Colorado, and Beyond

Summertime in Colorado, and Beyond.

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Summertime in Colorado, and Beyond

I’ve taken some short and long journeys out yonder since my last posting. Here are a few photos of the JOY I experienced with people in special places:

Panther Creek, in Shoup, Idaho


Panther Creek Hotsprings


Two brothers heading for breakfast


My sister Marty gifting me a Mother Chuckar’s t-shirt


 My traveling companion Luna



Geology of the west never disappoints





 The valleys and plains are nothing but magnificent!







The wild horses of the west are a sight to be seen







Back home again

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Sammy and I shared our love of Crested Butte and Gothic with our dear friend Diana and her new love, Ziggy!










New friends from Denver








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Spring Has Sprung…Get On Out There and Have Fun!

It’s baseball season! My father was a player and a fan, as well as a lover of everything wild. He passed away two years ago, the day before Earth Day, listening to his wife and three other women talking about the Colorado Rockies, as he lay peacefully at home. Our most memorable times together were attending baseball games and taking road trips.

He knew how much I loved to explore, and joined in on some of my trips.

He left this life with a smile on his face, just like the one I captured above on our trip to visit the Wild Animal Sanctuary, in Keenesbury, Colorado.




He wore his new baseball themed Keep Your Fork Kit proudly!


A tiger at the Wild Animal Sanctuary soaking in the cool water, in the warm sun.


Evening games at Coors Field, with the sunsets, are spectacular!

Celebrate spring in the Rockies by getting outside, alone or with friends and family, to enjoy all the world has to offer.



In Maybell, a town in Northwestern Colorado, cowboys move a herd of wild horses to greener pastures.



No matter how old, a day in the desert will sooth your soul.

As the days get warmer, the snow melts and the ground softens.

This is a great time to get outside and hunt for natural treasures. Lee Mestas turned his love of rocks into a business, when he opened High Country Rock & Gems, in Glenwood Springs.

He no longer owns the store, but he still hunts for rocks.



There are a lot of opportunities to put your love of the outdoors to good use, for others.

Protecting the Greater Canyonlands is a cause worth contributing to.


Is there something you really care a lot about?


Do you have a favorite hobby in the outdoors?



A match made in heaven!

Sometimes it’s easier, and more fun, to get outside and enjoy a walk or a bike ride with a dog.

My friend Anne takes her dog for a ride on the beach in Florida.

He enjoys this as much as running, and she gets a bit more exercise with his added weight.



Do you know a dog who needs a walk?

Have you considered offering to walk your neighbor’s dog, or volunteering at the local animal shelter? The Roaring Fork Valley has a very special place for homeless animals.

Consider donating or volunteering at Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE).



Learn something new that will take you to beautiful places, like the Maroon Bells. 

I recently won a free, half-day fly fishing lesson by renewing my membership to the Wilderness Workshop.

Since I live on the Roaring Fork River, I’ll take full advantage of this lesson. The Carbondale Recreation Center offers year-round recreation lessons and activities for youth.

Learn now, and enjoy these activities for a lifetime!



There’s nothing better on a hot day than soaking in cool water, with friends.

I’ve explored a little bit of the Roaring Fork River I live near, and have found a couple swimming holes.

Be safe, and stay out of the river currents.

And, never go alone! It’s always more fun with friends!



Take a walk in the woods with your mother.

Spending time with your family, in the outdoors, offers an opportunity to connect with loved ones in new ways.

Leave the iPod and iPhone at home.

Bring some water and a snack, wear a hat, and take a slow stroll while getting to know each other better.

It’s never to late to reconnect with those you love, and doing it outside, with few distractions will make it more meaningful.

Enjoy your spring!


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