I got an email from an old friend, Amy Skinner.We hadn’t connected in a while so it really good to hear from her. Her message read, “Thought you might get a kick out of my son's third grade writing assignment. We're going to have to have a little talk about plagiarism, but it's apparent that he has listened to your podcast many times. I have it on my ipod and he loves to listen to it.”
In the body of the message Amy included a scanned image of her son Jake’s writing assignment. Written in pencil on wide ruled paper, the little boy liberally quoted without attribution from a story I produced in 2006. I have to say I didn’t mind at all. In fact I was touched to point where I was almost brought to tears, because Jake’s writing assignment quoted from the story I produced on his father’s memorial service.
They say that imitation is the sincerest from of flattery. Jake’s use of my words from this story let me know that in a small way I’ve helped him to remember his father. Todd Skinner was a good friend and three years after his death many people still remember him and what he meant to the outdoor community. And just so we don’t forget in this special edition of the podcast I’m bringing you a Joy Trip flashback, a celebration of a life well lived.
"Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time"
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ~German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist (1749-1832)
Photograph by Kelly Bastone...
Early morning walks with my chocolate lab, Canu, are priceless. Part of it is that he is almost 11 and showing signs of wear, something I would rather not think about. In November, frost is a common morning occurrence and as the sun rises, only the shadows protect natures beautiful white furry coat. Morning walks offer time spent with my best friend and incredible photo opportunities. Get out and get some exercise, don't forget your camera.
Photograph and advice by Chris Gibbs...
Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
Anne Lamott ~ author of several novels and works of non-fiction, and a progressive political activist (1954 - )
Photograph by Roger Nordstrom
We’ve explored much of the modern world. Today very little is left to tempt the imagination. We’ve succeeded in climbing the highest mountains. We’ve traveled to the depths of the ocean. There’s not much of our planet that we haven’t seen. It would seem then now that what remains of adventure, at least on earth, isn’t to discover where human beings have yet to go but instead where we’ve been.
A new film by produced in cooperation PBS and National Geographic takes a look at the discovery and exploration of an ancient civilization. The new film The Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Secret Caves premiered at the 2009 Banff Mountain Film Festival. In this edition of The Joy Trip Project producer and professional mountain guide Peter Athans takes us on an amazing journey to reveal the great mysteries of a long-ago culture once forgotten.