As noted yesterday, I am now several days behind on blog posts and I’m catching up this morning. On Thursday night, I purchased two Kids’ Pop-Up Fort Tents from Wal-mart for $7.00 each and the kids camped in the living overnight on Friday and Saturday night. I hadn’t been to camping stores or the outdoors department of a store in a while, and I’m amazed at some of the new products and innovations in camping in recent years, such as the Inflatable Solar Powered Camping and Emergency Lantern, which Joe Zarantonello from Loose Leaf Hollow has purchased in bulk to distribute to children and families in Haiti who do not have access to powered lighting. I saw several tutorials on these pop-tents, which actually pop up in about 3 seconds to become a fully set up tent for real camping. I may purchase a real adult version of this tent. There is a learning curve, as it takes a while to learn how to fold these tents back up so they fit inside the storage bag again. I spent about an hour figuring that out, but once you get it, it’s easy to do. I’ve been making some camping plans for this year. Looking to visit Brown County, Indiana and Red River Gorge in Stanton, Kentucky.
Deng Ming-Dao on Walking:
Today, Deng Ming-Dao says that although hiking may be a good metaphor for a spiritual life, hiking is also literally the best activity sometimes. Here’s an article where doctors explain how hiking actually changes our brains. As he says, hiking will strengthen our legs and stamina, and also remove us from the madness of society for a while. Hiking is something I regularly do, on Tuesday nights at Iroquois (which is more like a “long walk” because we are walking on pavement in a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park. Other times, I hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest or Bernheim Forest. Last year, I hiked several times on the property at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky. Hiking is an activity I do regularly and will continue to.
Daily Stoic: Hero or Nero?
Today, Ryan Holiday challenges the statement “Absolute power corrupts absolutely”. This may often be the case but not always, he argues, citing Marcus Aurelius as a wise philosopher king who was powerful, but not a tyrant. He says it “comes down to inner strength and self-awareness of individuals- what they value, what desires they keep in check, whether their understanding of fairness and justice can counteract the temptations of unlimited wealth and deference.”