The Faithful Couple

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Love. A little about us. A little about them. A little about nobody I actually know. A little about some trees I care about.

Curriculum Vitae

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(So Much to Learn) Learn to breathe, to suckle, to see. Learn to crawl, to walk, to talk. Learn to wipe your own ass. Learn to eat with silverware. Learn to read, to write, to add. Learn to run, to ride a bike, to ski. Learn how to change the oil and how to make […]

Improved Roads

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When we “improve” a road, what exactly are we improving?This is a reflection on improving roads, both actual and metaphorical, in Death Valley and Yosemite and the slow loss of “natural” places with every “improvement.”

The Last-Straw Ratchet

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Camel pulling overloaded cart

When companies create bad conditions for good employees, they fall into a last-straw ratchet. What is a last-straw ratchet? Let’s say your caravan is made up of sick, weak camels. If you add straws until you finally break a camel’s back, you can replace the sick, weak camel with a vigorous, strong camel. You ratchet […]

Farmers and Miners

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Farmers When you walk the fields and woods of Vermont, where I grew up, you often encounter long stone walls. These walls were built stone by stone by farmers clearing their fields. The effort put into these walls, three feet high and hundreds of feet long, is staggering. By one estimate, there is enough stone […]

The Hotel on Pluto

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I am seeking investors for a hotel on the planet Pluto. The hotel will be called the Ahwahnee. Lodging will be free, but there is a catch. You’ll have to sign petitions saying that you will believe until your dying day that: Pluto is a planet. The fancy hotel in Yosemite is called the Ahwahnee. […]

Google Chrome Prints Blank Pages from Google Sheets

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You have worked and worked on a spreadsheet or document in Google Sheets or Google Docs (and probably every other GSuite component). You’re finally ready to print and you hit Print, then Next and… BLANK! This is incredibly aggravating and judging from the articles around the web has dozens of causes. None of the solutions […]