Fatherhood and the New Pursuit

Has fatherhood changed over the past generation? Do today’s dads have an easier or more difficult role and set of responsibilities than just a couple generations ago? Does the world we are living in now create a backdrop for parenting unlike no other in recent memory? I have been a father for nine years now — about a quarter of my life. My three children (ages 9, 7 and 3) have changed me in so many ways — instilling confidence, expanding... Read More

What Three Days in the Wilderness Will Teach You About Life

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~ John Muir Last weekend, I joined my brother and a few friends for an extended backpacking trip through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This northern end of the famed Appalachian Trail... Read More

Nature as Mentor: 6 Life Lessons That Gardens Can Teach Our Children

“As the garden grows, so shall the gardener.” — Old Proverb For the past four years our family has been growing a bit of our own food. Between a dozen or so beds, we grow everything from berries to veggies to herbs to cut flowers. The reasons are many: From the satisfaction of creating a bit of food independence to saving money to the solace that working the Earth brings. But one of the most important reasons we do it is to create... Read More