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Indigenous Peoples Day

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! Formerly known as Columbus Day and perhaps still is depending on your city. The town where I reside (Crested Butte) resolved to officially adopt Indigenous Peoples Day as of last year (2017). Although we have been taught Columbus discovered America he most certainly did not. Intelligent, established nations already inhabited these “newly discovered lands” and he actually never even visited what is now known as the United States. It boggles my mind that we honor and celebrate a well-known rapist, child sex trafficker, a man who enslaved humans and massacred indigenous people. Why though? Good question…

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Salvation Mountain, California

Happy Monday friends! It is with much excitement I share with you my long-awaited pilgrimage to Salvation Mountain. You may recognize it from the film Into The Wild when Chris McCandless’ journey led him through Slab City just outside of Niland, California. The artist, Leonard Knight, appeared in the film as well, sharing his life’s message; God is love, Love is Universal, and keep it all simple. You don’t have to be the least bit religious to be overcome by the palpable love present and enamored by Leonard’s nearly 30 years of faithful dedication. It was Leonard’s belief that no…

6 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day Through Sustainable Alternatives

Happy Earth Day! I am no expert on any of this by any means but I can’t deny that pollution is a problem! We all love the Earth yet we don’t always show our love through our actions. Many times we’re simply unaware of the consequences of our choices plus we live within a society that doesn’t make it easy to avoid polluting our most precious resource. We’ve also become so accustomed to lives of convenience it’s challenging for us to break away from the most common culprits of pollution. In many instances we don’t even have another option to choose…

Small Business Saturday

Hi there my friends! Hope you all are enjoying the weekend. In celebration of my 100th post and the holiday season I’ve decided to showcase a few small companies that make the conscious consumer happy. While Target may have its purpose it’s got nothing on the small business owner handcrafting each of their own products. It is so important as consumers to support businesses who care about the environment, their workers (should they have any), and their customers. When we take it upon ourselves to buy from people who care more about quality and less about quick dollar quantity we…

Tyson the Shelter Dog

Remember Me Thursday

Remember Me Thursday was brought to my attention by Three Irish Cats an advocacy and awareness blog with occasional tales from the cats. Remember Me Thursday was founded by Mark Arms, CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center, in an effort to bring awareness to shelter animals awaiting their furever homes and those who unfortunately never make it out of the shelters alive like my buddy, Tyson.  Today let’s honor the lives lost, bring awareness to those in need of homes, and gratitude to all who contribute to the welfare of animals. And my all time favorite, share rescue stories! No…