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Artist Tristan ‘Dirk’ Stamm (’12) ponders the likelihood of producing perfection

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“There is no end or purpose to existence, only ceaseless creation and destruction, governed entirely by chance.” Stephen Greenblatt, paraphrasing Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things in The Swerve: How the World Became Modern The chance that a saguaro seedling will survive to adulthood is almost non-existent. First, the seed has to find its way into the shade of… Read more »

Journey to The DeMar

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Journey to The DeMar “The support of friends, strong motivation, and a good pair of shoes have indeed given me super powers.” I said this well over a year ago as I was chronicling my “Champion journey,” part of the Healthy Monadnock 2020 program to make southwestern New Hampshire the healthiest region in the nation…. Read more »

The Presence of Step

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  In walking, according to cultural theorist Paul Connerton, we constitute ourselves as a coherent organism. Walking is at once an act of organic self-unification and an act which builds up for us a coherent environment. Walking, for us all, demonstrates our total organism. Next time you walk, whether its 10 feet or 10 miles,… Read more »

Climbing Out of Technophobia

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I am pretty darn old and have had plenty of amazing physical journeys in this world. I have been stopped by gun-toting border patrols in Cote d’Ivoire and gotten lost backpacking along the “Lost Coast” of California. I swam with whale sharks in Western Australia and tracked snow leopards in the Himalayas. But I want… Read more »

Sacrifice is a journey

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the feathers are spread out all over the gravelly ground. spatters of blood add color to a landscape dominated by browns, grays and soiled whites. the air is thick and the mood is somber. death hovers; tears perilously balance on the edges of eyelids. people of many ages stand with me–girls as young as 10… Read more »

My best days are the ones that feel like journeys

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  I can wear it like a badge: I traveled, A badge in exchange for airfare, gear, museum tickets, and visas, Airfare, gear, museum tickets, and visas in exchange for 12-hour shifts, And feeling lonely.   I set a timer, It went off, I’m home. I will occasionally remember a good meal, a bike ride,… Read more »