Fossil Lake and the incredible Beartooth Plateau

Nearly every year, two of my college friends and I go on an epic backpacking adventure somewhere in the West, always a different destination. I made a list of them this year and thought I’d share:

  • 2009: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • 2010: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado
  • 2012: Yosemite National Park, California
  • 2013: Trinity Alps Wilderness, California
  • 2014: Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado
  • 2015: Glacier National Park, Montana
  • 2016: Joshua Tree National Park and Idyllwild, California (climbing trip)
  • 2017: Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park, California
  • 2018: Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon
  • 2019: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
  • 2021: Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana


On Monday, The Guardian published an opinion piece titled:

That’s big news. The problem is … President Biden did not say that it’s time to pack the court.

You’d be forgiven for interpreting it that way, since colons after names are regularly used for attribution of a quotation.

President Biden: “This morning’s news reinforces the historic nature of our economic recovery.”

But that’s not what was intended here.

Colons after names also sometimes happen in salutations. If you’re blanking on what a salutation is, it’s the part at the beginning of a letter that says something like “Dear [recipient].”



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The English language is a melting pot, a mishmash, a beautiful yet frustrating gyre of inconsistency. For those who have learned it as a second (or more) language, I salute you.

Unlike the French, we Anglophones don’t have a singular authority for what’s OK (okay?) in English and what’s not. That, among other actually valid reasons, is why writers should focus primarily on using language to achieve what they want to achieve with their writing, not to please some nonexistent language authority.

Is your goal to publish a hard-hitting piece of nonfiction? Understandability and impact are probably two of your…

Note: My only source for all of this is the Disney Fandom wiki, and no I do not care to do any additional research that may disprove any hypotheses below, thanks.

After watching a mediocre Ducktales theme-song parody video, I awoke today with the Ducktales theme song firmly implanted in my head (thanks for that, reddit).

Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck-blur!
Might solve a mystery
Or rewrite history!
DuckTales! Woo-oo!

(I suffer, you suffer.)

Which got me to thinking: Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, and the nephews exist in…

Mine, all mine

Beer is a heavily white, male space. You probably knew that even if you aren’t into beer. The bearded hipster-dude stereotype is ubiquitous. Budweiser made fun of it at the Super Bowl.

That stereotype’s ubiquitous because it’s fairly accurate. While I’ve never worked at a brewery or in a beer-adjacent space, I am a fanatic for craft beer. I plan trips around breweries. I have a beer to-do list. I’ve spent a lot of time in breweries, beer bars, and beer festivals. And it’s white dudes all the way down.

Well, not all the way down. Spoiler alert: There are…

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling just a bit stir-crazy these days.

So, being a runner, a couple months ago I decided to start training for a “race.”

“There are races?” you might ask. Well, no. It’s a race against myself — running 13.1 miles as fast as I can on a February Saturday all by myself instead of with hundreds or thousands of other people.

I entered into this training on a whim after finding the “Coach” feature on my Garmin watch. You plug in a race date and a goal time, and the virtual coach makes…

“Bigotry is not just the psychological state of hating a group of people. Bigotry is political. It’s a reaction to changing demographics, or to liberation movements, or to changing power relations between groups. A lot of casual misogynists don’t exactly hate women in the literal psychological sense. It’s more that they feel threatened by the prospect of the social and political equality of women. In fact, I would argue that feeling threatened is the distinctive psychological experience of bigotry — much more so than feeling hateful.” — ContraPoints

Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An assortment of small bottles of beer around a large one, all in front of a Christmas tree.
The gift of beer. Photo: Russian River Brewing Company

I love craft beer. I love learning about styles, visiting new breweries, and following the local beer news. Really, I’ll try any new beer I can get my hands on, (nearly) regardless of style.

I particularly enjoy hazy (Northeast-style) IPAs, which have dominated craft beer for the past few years. There’s something about this beer style that seems legitimately addictive — each one is different and enticing in its own way. …

Here at Medium, we’re creating a new model for digital publishing — one that’s based on story value, not ad value, and that’s predicated on the relationship between writer and reader. In ad-based publishing, the goal is to get readers to click and stay regardless of quality. That has led to the proliferation of something we’re all familiar with: clickbait. Clickbait works great in a system that’s designed to engage as many eyeballs as possible. That’s not our system.

On Medium, we believe you should stay for the story, the writer, the nuance, and the substance. This is how deeper…

Prompted by Siobhan O'Connor’s lovely A Game to Get You Un-Stuck on Crappy Feelings.

1. My new puppy, Toby. He’s a six-month-old pitt mix and he’s pure joy, with hilarious floppy ears and an incredibly sweet personality. He’s been with us for less than a week and we’re already totally in love.

Ears go flop.

2. Being in a bubble with a few really great friends — giving/getting real hugs, long meandering conversations, and spending our time together as we wait for this awful pandemic to end.

3. The Overstory. I recently finished this epic novel and I can’t stop thinking about it…

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