The Squeaky Robot

A Meddling Robot in a Human's World

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The Greats on Serenity & Nature

Posted on July 23, 2013

  Recommended music for the following thoughts and visuals. Kahlil Gibran Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Bill Bryson Hunters will tell you that a moose is a wily and ferocious forest creature. Nonsense. A moose is a cow drawn by a three-year-old. Walt Whitman I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. Carl Sagan The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the cosmos. Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. Jelle Brandt Corstius Since the beginning of time, nomadic people…

Hundred-Mile Wilderness

Posted on July 19, 2013


   A ten-hour road trip north of home and I find myself in the Hundred-Mile Wilderness, a notorious section of the even more notorious Appalachian Trail. This is my brother’s trip, though. I’m just along for the ride, offering just my driver’s license and extensive knowledge of the perfect s’more.

   My brother and his friend are avid fishermen. They discuss fish as if there is no other topic to be discussed. They eat their meals quickly and expel from their seats when they deem socially acceptable in order to make it back to the swimming hole before dark. They happily navigate sluggish brown water down to their waists and then happily pluck squirming leeches from their legs. It’s all part of the job.

   It turns out that all people, from 0 to 150 years old, can teach us something. My brother, eight years my junior, has already grasped something it took me much longer to learn: there is more joy in the routine, the effort and the attempt than there is in the catch.

   While they fish, I sit in a kayak with my camera and wait to catch the sunlight.