A piece of my childhood has been burned.

View of Spanish Peaks

View of Spanish Peaks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I spent several summers in these mountains, it’s where I learned to hike, climb, camp and first aid. It’s where i met my first and only Queen’s Scout and my first cigarette.

Spanish Peaks Boy Scout camp in Walsenburg Colorado, helped forge me into the man I am today. A man with a love for high places, snow in July, and cold mountain streams.

I can’t say how sad I feel to see mother nature’s need to redecorate, I understand it and know the camp will rebuild, and am thankful for the memories.

To the miner and the Indian, I say thank you for letting me be a boy here and allowing me the opportunity as a staff member to teach boys here, for the bear hunts, mountain lion round ups, and lost campers, cows in my tent, tea on the porch, blisters on my feet and my Eagle Scout badge, thank you.



But to live for others.

To love others for the honor, and not for the want but to serve is our goal.

think of this the next time your wife asks you to take out the trash.

be mindful of him, as your husband complains of his sore back

be present in his focus when your children ask you to play.

and all the while,

be grateful of the opportunity.–j

"A little statue of Buddha."

Why we put ourselves out there

A baby Brazilian Tapir with spots and stripes ...

So this morning I was given a lesson on way we MUST take that risk!

having my coffee and packing preparation for flying back home to legend and monkey head my buddy posted the video you just watched.

I watched it and saw that there is a ton of truths, Hippos are cute but no one wants to stay in a swimsuit all day, and besides not everyone looks good in stripes. Now please bear with me, but as i was watching the video and thinking about the truth in the importance of taking risks, the prancercise lady came on tv, she just got picked up to be in a John Mayer video…prancing!

Now the interview with the lady was cute, I’m sure she’s nuttier than a squirrel on a nut farm, but she believes in what she is doing

and tells all of you would be prancercise-spoof video producers you’re doing it wrong.

she took that risk and the subsequent mockery of her sport, believed and now will be a late night rerun on VH1 for the next 10 years.

what has your risk done for you?

this makes me think maybe if I work harder I can teach a bit more to monkeyhead about how to translate our efforts and energies into a producing dream because it makes us happy, regardless of what others think.


hippo, telling tortoise a joke

Inside Wants Out

Inside Wants Out, to prancercise