Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Nash (5th Edition)

It took me a while to get through this one, but I’m finally finished and I’m excited to share Roderick Nash’s incredibly influential Wilderness and the American Mind. It’s worth noting that I have complicated feelings about this book, but I stand by recommending it to anyone serious enough to finish this 385-page history ofContinue reading “Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Nash (5th Edition)”

Meeting Climate Change with Art: Downsizing & First Reformed

This post was originally part of a larger post looking critically at how common themes of climate change have been finding their way into popular films. However, that post was getting LONG and I decided to cut these movies out for a part-2 of sorts. In the original post, I split these common Hollywood narrativesContinue reading “Meeting Climate Change with Art: Downsizing & First Reformed”

Meeting Climate Change with Art: Improving our Narratives

There are a lot of things we need in order to face climate change. Individual action and policy change are necessary, but we often overlook the importance of stories. Narratives help us to create meaning, and we are in desperate need of meaning. Narrative becomes the way you make sense of chaos. That’s how youContinue reading “Meeting Climate Change with Art: Improving our Narratives”

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

I received this book for free from my school’s ASB, and honestly, it came at a great time. Despite having a whole ton of “extra” time at home during COVID, I’ve been experiencing a lot of stress to “be productive” with every day I get. Walking the line between productivity and rest is no easyContinue reading “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer”

Drinking Water: A History by James Salzman

Drinking Water: A History provides an open-minded, wide-view of perhaps the most vital resource in human history. I was extremely excited when I first found this book, and it did NOT disappoint. Over the course of one week, I methodically annotated each of the 258 pages with a complicated personal system of underlines, squiggles, stars,Continue reading “Drinking Water: A History by James Salzman”

It’s Your Ship by Captain Michael Abrashoff

If you haven’t already heard of this book, the subtitle tells you exactly what it’s about “Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy”. At it’s core, this book is about the people and forces that shaped Captain Abrashoff’s counter-cultural approach to leadership and the lessons he learned commanding the USS Benfold. It’sContinue reading “It’s Your Ship by Captain Michael Abrashoff”

Meeting Climate Change with Art: Hope

This marks the final part of my 3 part series on RAGE, Despair, and Hope. If there is an overarching take away within the series, it is that each emotion has its proper place. Just as we need to remember Hope, we can not ignore the presence of Despair. Without an honest expression of Despair,Continue reading “Meeting Climate Change with Art: Hope”

“Telling the Truth” by Frederick Buechner

Buechner (pronounced Beek-ner) delivers an honest, simple, and all the while profound book with Telling the Truth. With the intriguing subtitle “The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale,” it is clear Buechner approaches this subject from the tradition of a Christian preacher. Buechner regularly addresses “the preacher” and does not shy away from theContinue reading ““Telling the Truth” by Frederick Buechner”

Meeting Climate Change with Art: Despair

I’ve been pushing off writing this blog post for quite some time now. COVID19 has upended our entire lives, and this project faced no special treatment. But I’m still here. I’m writing this blog post, and I want to continue this project because I think it’s truly important. The theme for this post is Despair.Continue reading “Meeting Climate Change with Art: Despair”

Meeting Climate Change with Art: RAGE

I’m going to spend the next few posts diving into a couple of key emotions that often surround the issue of climate change – RAGE, Despair, and Hope. As you may be able to deduct from this week’s title, we’re talking about RAGE today! Who else gets MAD when they think of climate change? HOW LONG HAVE WE KNOWN? HOW LONG HAVE OURContinue reading “Meeting Climate Change with Art: RAGE”