Monthly Archives: October 2013

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Speaking Past

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This morning I found a speech that I wrote a few years ago for my first Rosh Hashana after my gap year.  My synagogue used to ask students who visited Israel in the previous year to speak during the high … Continue reading

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Hiking McKenzie (P3): Sights and Sounds

Yesterday was a gorgeous day outside: not too warm or cold with just the right amount of breeze under a largely cloud-less sky.  I hiked McKenzie Mountain, a small but formidable peak just outside of Ray Brook and Saranac Lake, part of the Saranac Lake … Continue reading

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Hiking McKenzie (P2): Goals and Purposes of the Trail

Yesterday was a gorgeous day outside: not too warm or cold with just the right amount of breeze under a largely cloud-less sky.  I hiked McKenzie Mountain, a small but formidable peak just outside of Ray Brook and Saranac Lake, part of the Saranac … Continue reading

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Hiking McKenzie (P1): Reasons for Responsibility

Yesterday was a gorgeous day outside: not too warm or cold with just the right amount of breeze under a largely cloud-less sky.  I hiked McKenzie Mountain, a small but formidable peak just outside of Ray Brook and Saranac Lake, … Continue reading

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A Look to My Past

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This morning in the NYTimes there is an article about gap years: the structure of some programs, the benefits of the year, who should take a gap year . . . the conversation hasn’t changed in the last few years, … Continue reading

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To Hike or Not

The prerogative to hike is my own. The inspiration to hike is something deeper. While my job does encourage me to hike, both by its name (backcountry steward) and principle definition (a position with both the Student Conservation Association and … Continue reading

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A Significant Leaf

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I started today’s entry in my paper journal thusly: I must write this quickly, before the inspirational muse abandons my brain for greener pastures, to minds of aspiring and even successful writers who would put her to better use with their own … Continue reading

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Nostalgia

Today I felt nostalgic. Not homesick or day-dreaming about the first thing I’ll do when I get back to my childhood home on Oak Drive or passively contemplating why I ever left home in the first place, but just nostalgic. … Continue reading

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Heavy Thoughts

The month of September had three major incidences: There was a massive search, yet un-finished, for a missing hiker The backcountry crowds decreased significantly, allowing me to spend my weekdays hiking trails and slides without having any specific projects I … Continue reading