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I’m seeing red this morning: the new policy “Updating Oil and Gas Leasing Reform” reads: “Purpose:  This Instruction Memorandum (IM) sets out the policy of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to simplify and streamline the leasing process to alleviate unnecessary impediments and burdens, to expedite the offering of lands for lease, and to ensure quarterly oil and gas lease sales are consistently held in accordance with...” all sorts of mineral acts and such.

#fightforourpublicland #themightydollar #forthecorporationsbythecorporations
I’m seeing red this morning: the new policy “Updating Oil and Gas Leasing Reform” reads: “Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) sets out the policy of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to simplify and streamline the leasing process to alleviate unnecessary impediments and burdens, to expedite the offering of lands for lease, and to ensure quarterly oil and gas lease sales are consistently held in accordance with...” all sorts of mineral acts and such. #fightforourpublicland  #themightydollar  #forthecorporationsbythecorporations 
La Veta has a great interpretive nature trail on a corner lot in town—a nice reminder that you don’t have to go on sabbatical for a thru-hike or spend big for a National Park adventure to get out in nature. You can find nature right outside your front door. .
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#microadventure #naturetrail #yucca #birdsnest #getoutside #natureiseverywhere
The public library is an amazing, wonderful, magical, truly democratic place, and while I always knew this, having children made me fully aware and grateful of this fact. 
#ilovemypubliclibrary #librariansareawesome #saveILMS #fundlibraries
Peter Heller was at Tattered Cover tonight, talking about writing, outdoor adventures, Hemingway, musical language, and his new book, Celine. Advice on method from Paonia writer Paolo Bacigalupia: “Your job is just to make sure it doesn’t suck.” Heller describing the people of the islands of Maine: “Up there, reticence is the state bird.” Very charismatic and entertaining man, great writer, and a great evening!

#tatteredcover #coloradowriters #celine #peterheller #writinginspiration
Peter Heller was at Tattered Cover tonight, talking about writing, outdoor adventures, Hemingway, musical language, and his new book, Celine. Advice on method from Paonia writer Paolo Bacigalupia: “Your job is just to make sure it doesn’t suck.” Heller describing the people of the islands of Maine: “Up there, reticence is the state bird.” Very charismatic and entertaining man, great writer, and a great evening! #tatteredcover  #coloradowriters  #celine  #peterheller  #writinginspiration 
seriously, this is getting ridiculous. if you’re not a Ute, just stop it already.

#colorado #coloradonative #coloradoseminative #coloradoinvasive #localpride
icicles at Dillon’s Ice Castle
icicles at Dillon’s Ice Castle
cold today
cold today
This book is perfect in every way, and my first thought upon finishing it this morning was this: Lab Girl was published in 2016 and I’ve only just read it. There are countless perfect books out there that I still haven’t read, from last year and from decades past—some are sitting on my “to read” shelves, but most I don’t know exist. And then there are the perfect books I’ve read but want to read again. It’s a race I’ll never win: trying to get to all these books before my time runs out. Which is incredibly frustrating and amazing at the same time. Puts chores like cleaning the house and doing taxes in some sort of perspective, I think.

#fortheloveofbooks #bookstagram #hopejahrensurecanwrite #bookworm
This book is perfect in every way, and my first thought upon finishing it this morning was this: Lab Girl was published in 2016 and I’ve only just read it. There are countless perfect books out there that I still haven’t read, from last year and from decades past—some are sitting on my “to read” shelves, but most I don’t know exist. And then there are the perfect books I’ve read but want to read again. It’s a race I’ll never win: trying to get to all these books before my time runs out. Which is incredibly frustrating and amazing at the same time. Puts chores like cleaning the house and doing taxes in some sort of perspective, I think. #fortheloveofbooks  #bookstagram  #hopejahrensurecanwrite  #bookworm 
Solitary time on a trail with this view is totally worth the cost of a babysitter. 
sidenote: while pleasantly surprised at the growing strength of my legs during the trail run, I was just a bit horrified at the weakness of my pelvic floor. Having babies sure does a number on your innards. Any mommas have suggestions on how to remedy this? #motherhood #24_7kegels #pushupsarenottheonlythingineedtoaddtomyroutine
Solitary time on a trail with this view is totally worth the cost of a babysitter. sidenote: while pleasantly surprised at the growing strength of my legs during the trail run, I was just a bit horrified at the weakness of my pelvic floor. Having babies sure does a number on your innards. Any mommas have suggestions on how to remedy this? #motherhood  #24_7kegels  #pushupsarenottheonlythingineedtoaddtomyroutine 
well, that’s one I haven’t seen before

#invasivespecies #coloradotransplant #coloradonative #bumpersticker
dark day today: we are officially a government for the corporations, by the corporations

#stakeyourclaim #newfrontier #publicland #publiclandheist #mining
my spankin’ brand new business cards just arrived and they’re oh so pretty! 
#packanimalmagazine #smallbusinessowner
Virginia Miller’s charcoal drawing is the perfect complement to my letters of complaint about the Alaska BLM pack llama ban. (You can read my letter on Pack Animal Magazine’s blog or Facebook page.) #boguspackllamaban #voiceyourprotest #packanimalmagazine #environmentallyfriendly #llamapacking
just got my “up & atom” shirt from my new membership to the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)! #itsokayiknowimanerd #sciencenerd #supportourscientists #aaas
Pack Animal Magazine is looking for guest columnists for our new column, More Voices, which aims to bring more diversity to our little corner of the wild. If you are interested in telling your story, please email alexa@packanimalmagazine.com.
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#diversifyoutdoors #fightforpubliclands #morevoices #optoutside #getwild #getoutside #wildplaces #tellyourstory
breaking in a pretty new pair of shoes today

#hiking #colorado #trailtime #getout #findnaturewhereveryouare