On the coming of the Equinox in chaotic times. Everything of that day was autumn. The sun beamed in friendly fashion down upon our rock stronghold. It was still quite warm and formidable, but something in its character revealed the beginnings of its terminal wane. The wind, blowing steadily throughout the day’s adventure, made fewer … Continue reading The Winds of Monte Rosa
I need your peer pressure in order to make this happen. Your peer pressure - harsh and brutal if necessary - is my only hope. It's November again, obviously, and as I kept getting nagging spam emails from the NaNoWriMo people, I slowly succumbed to the allure of Why not? You should know, this is maybe … Continue reading I am doing NaNoWriMo – AND I NEED YOUR HELP!
It might still be hot and muggy in New England, but don't let that fool you. Another equinox lies just around the bend, and another harvest season is upon us. But morn not the passing of the light and the warmth! The fall holds many exciting things in store here at the Wizard of Monadnock.First, … Continue reading Kicking off an exciting fall season at WoM
A year ago, I decided get the best view I could, stand up tall, and try and forecast the content, character, and rhythm of the year that then lay before us. Not merely a prediction, the aim was also to incorporate helpful ways in which we might respond to our conditions to take advantage of … Continue reading How’s My Aim? I Need to Hear From You!
Yesterday, when we left off, our heroes (myself included) were scaling Monadnock's final stretch, that place mostly above the artificial treeline where you think you're there already but there's at least a half hour to go and you're very, very tired and kind of staggering along. That's how the experience is for me, anyway. The … Continue reading The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 2 (A Photo Journey)
As is only fitting for 2013's Day of Longest Light, and in keeping with my general tendencies toward wildness and not thinking things through, on the evening of June 21, I set out to climb my beloved mountain. This is a chronicle of that fateful and life-changing trek into the heights of divine communion and … Continue reading The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 1 (A Photo Journey)
The I Ching’s fourth hexagram is about young, dumb students and their older, wiser teachers. We are presented with a magnificent image from nature—a wild spring at the foot of a mountain. The mountain, representing the teacher, looms above, seasoned and still, while the spring, the student, pools below before flowing onward as all water … Continue reading IV. When You’re Young, it’s Okay to be Stupid (Days of Change)