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1. Diaries–Authorship. 2. Journals–Authorship. 3. Journal writing. 4. Kayaking 5. Nature journaling 6. Mind-body connections


Human beings are of such natures that they should have not only material facilities but spiritual sustenance as well. Without spiritual sustenance, it is difficult to get and maintain peace of mind.” Dalai Lama

Silence and Wild Rice

It’s August and I am happy to write that I am in my beloved northwoods of Wisconsin. The feeling of coming ‘home again’ stirs in my soul and I treasure each and every moment I spend here. I become refreshingly alive and fully engaged in the woods and the water surrounding me.

This morning is my first paddle on Wild Rice Lake, a 375-acre lake that is part of the ten-lake Manitowish Chain. My family has been coming to Copps’ Cabins, a resort on this lake, since I was ten years old and every year this northern trek provides much needed renewal for me.

On this crisp morning, I walk down to the sandy shoreline with a spring in my step and say out loud to no one in particular, “Oh, yeah!” The perfectly calm lake is waiting to embrace me, like the warm hug of an old friend I haven’t seen in a while.

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