Stories to Inspire

I am passionate about the natural world. I am also passionate about growing into a better version of myself.

This blog is dedicated to expressing both those passions and sharing them with others. I hope it inspires you to take a walk in the woods, contemplate how your life can be improved, or how you can improve the lives of others.

I went the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial today. There was a wall filled with his words. My favorite quote on the wall: “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means […]

George Clooney was in Washington DC yesterday. He came to tell the Senate Foreign Affairs committee of the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. George makes politics sexy. George makes everything sexy. Not to diminish the importance of the crisis in Sudan, but we’ve all got our own mini humanitarian crises going on. Unless of course, […]

When I was seven I took an after school gymnastics class. I was a waif of a child and not very athletic. Most of what we did was tumble around on black floor mats, practice cartwheels, and try for the occasional front flip. But every once in a while, at the end of class, my […]

“Opportunities to find deeper power within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” -Joseph Campbell The power company in Connecticut is getting a bad rap this month. A freak October snowstorm dumped 18 inches of snow on the ground and took out thousands of trees. Nearly the entire state was powerless for more than a […]

I’ve been sleeping in other people’s beds for the last five months. It’s been an interesting experiment. Sometimes, I wake up in the morning and forget where I am. Whose house am I in? Where’s the bathroom? Which dog gets fed first? Cushion Top I used to have a really comfortable bed, with a Sealy […]


Boy in a Hurricane

by Houkje

A few weeks ago, I was walking my dog in the city. While my dog had his nose to the ground, I had my eyes on the trees. Ever since hurricane Irene stormed through Washington D.C. at the end of August, I’ve been noticing how beautiful the trees are. The thing I love most about […]