On Top of the World

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” — John Ruskin “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” — John Muir • Host of the first Winter Olympics Games in 1924, Chamonix today remains a … More On Top of the World

Time for Hope

“…the universe, by definition, is a single gorgeous celebratory event.” — Thomas Berry “Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” — John Muir *   *   * In the words of Thomas Berry, “The present is not a time for desperation but for hopeful activity.” Celebrate and enjoy this holiday … More Time for Hope

Wilderness

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in…where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” — John Muir A view of the Jacobite steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct gave us pause on our way to the infamous Glencoe area. Faced by the majestic Three Sisters … More Wilderness

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. — John Muir

Elephants are particularly social animals, living in tight matriarchial family groups. When a calf is born, adults and others of the herd will gather around the newborn, touching and caressing it with their trunks. Quick to stand and follow their mother and family herd, newborns are the center of attention in their family groups and … More Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. — John Muir