Category Archives: 31 Notes from Nature

an ode to toes

Serious question: have you ever stopped and looked at your toes? For the majority of us, we’ve got 10. Some cats have many more (they are called polydactyl). We mostly don’t notice them unless they’re painted up pretty or

relax and breathe

There’s this thing I do when I’m sitting. I didn’t realize I was doing it until someone sitting across from me asked me about it. She said, “Do you know you’re sitting there with your shoulders hunched up to

Anyone who knows me knows I have a love affair going with my orange cat Hobbes. He bring me so much joy that I fear my heart might explode if I think about it too much. There’s something about

earthing barefoot

When was the last time you walked barefoot outside? Can you remember it? More importantly, do you remember how you felt when you did it? Were you paying attention? There’s a practice called “earthing” that invites people to remove their

Evening Joshua Tree National Park

There’s something about the darkness that scares us – or maybe we’ve been taught to fear the darkness because of fairy tales, movies, TV, and the news. I personally have been delighted to discover the magic and mystery of

I have rafted and kayaked thousands of miles. As a kid, we rafted the American River in Sacramento, CA each summer. In college, I took canoeing as part of my PE credit courses. And in 1998, my brother and


One this first day of 31 Notes from Nature, let’s practice something deceptively simple: find your stillness. I took this photo one fall day when I was out hiking in the Coconino National Forest. After crashing around in the