Art + Soul

The Sound of Silence

Feeling socially overwhelmed during the holidays is as certain for me as a stomachache induced by a chocolate breakfast on Christmas morning. Have you had the misfortune of listening to the radio lately? Yikes, I actually start to grit my teeth when some pop star’’s banal rendition of ‘”All I Want For Christmas”’ attacks my ears. Between the terrible Christmas songs…

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The Sound of Silence

Feeling socially overwhelmed during the holidays is as certain for me as a stomachache induced by a chocolate breakfast on Christmas morning. Have you had the misfortune of listening to the radio lately? Yikes, I actually start to grit my teeth when some pop star’’s banal rendition of ‘”All I Want For Christmas”’ attacks my ears. Between the terrible Christmas songs…

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Lost in Translation

Years ago, my good friend Dragon and I went down to Texas to climb little rocks. Because neither of us were boulderers or particularly adept at following rules (and they love their rules in Hueco Tanks) our introduction was a little rocky. After a few hostile encounters with the native rangers (them threatening to throw us out of the park,…

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Helmet, Shmelmet!

I’ve been thinking and talking about risk and reward a lot this summer and have found the conversations always lead to the same issue: what is reasonable risk? Obviously the idea isn’t to exterminate all risk from our lives or we’d all be playing Tetris instead of spending our days outside. But in our society the level of acceptable risk…

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Beautiful Choss

If you venture into an establishment that won’t evict you for dirty fingernails, you may spot it: it’s the table with the haggard-looking eyes-glazed-over pair, slumping over beers that they are wearily guarding with their life.

Always a Silver Lining

In case you’’ve been too busy grumpily looking at the sky to notice, the wildflowers are really strutting their stuff this year.