July 29, 2011
Take a Moment to Tell the Story
I come from a family of storytellers. Both of my grandfathers were masters of the art. And my maternal grandfather decided he should quit telling the story of his parachute jump from a balloon back in World War I. As a missionary evangelist, he was concerned that he was becoming better known for that story than for preaching the gospel! My parents too have maintained and passed down a vast trove of stories.
Perhaps that’s why when I’m experiencing something interesting or unusual, I very quickly start to assemble the event into a story, with the hope that it will amuse as well as relate the events. Almost unconsciously I go to work on it, trying out various renditions, working out amusing angles, chuckling at the possible responses from friends and family. And now, yes, I try out bits of stories and vignettes in Facebook postings.Continue reading "Take a Moment to Tell the Story"
July 20, 2011
The Wisdom of Tradition
Recently I was browsing through the 8th and latest (50th Anniversary) edition of Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. It is the mountain climber’s Bible. I learned the rudiments of mountaineering from the second edition of Freedom in the late 1960s, and it’s safe to wager that most serious mountaineers in North America have sharpened their crampons on some edition of Freedom. It is the signature publication of the publishing arm of The Mountaineers, a venerable Seattle institution. For several years I was a member of The Mountaineers and was involved in their climbing program. So as I looked through the front matter of the latest edition of Freedom, I recognized many of the names of its editors. I’d climbed with or been instructed by some of them.Continue reading "The Wisdom of Tradition"
Posted by Dan Reid at 11:32 AM
July 13, 2011
Some time ago I came across a blog on the notion that our humanly created environment is an extension of our brains. Here is an excerpt:
Continue reading "Brain Accessories"
Posted by Dan Reid at 4:19 PM
July 6, 2011
Consider the Paragliders of the Air
For several years I ran a mountain trail that starts and ends in a grassy field where paragliders land. As I finished my run, I exited the trailhead and ran across that field to my car. But I quickly learned to look up, making sure I was not getting in the way of a paraglider about to land.
And this, for obvious reasons, leads me to speak of books and reading.Continue reading "Consider the Paragliders of the Air"
Posted by Dan Reid at 1:28 PM