Category Archives: Nature

Feeling Lucky: Hiking the Tunnel Canyon Trail in the Cibola National Forest in NM

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am lucky! Different people have different ways in which they feel lucky. I am lucky in many ways, my beautiful grandchildren come immediately to mind, but today I feel lucky in a different way. … Continue reading

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The Three Sisters Volcanoes: Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Sacred Landscape

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

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Watching Over Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Three Sisters Volcanoes

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

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A Pre-Spring Hike in the Whitfield Conversation Area: Belen, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Spring is just about to burst open in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. But not quite yet. Tree buds are poking through and ready to express their full potential. It was in this March … Continue reading

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Cranes Along the Winter Bosque

By Dr. Denise R. Ames Winter in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a sea of brown vegetation and bright blue skies. The sun warms, not scorches as it does in the summer, covering me with a penetrating comfort. I am not … Continue reading

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The Embudo Canyon Trail: A Winter’s Landscape in the High Desert of New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am going to sidetrack from my recent blogs about different ports-of-call during my Baltic Sea Cruise. I just took a fun hike along the Embudo Canyon Trail in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Trickster Archetype, Part 5:  Trump the Trickster?

Why can’t we just get along? This is a question that I have been working on in my new book, Divided: Five Colliding Worldviews and How to Navigate Them. I would like to share with you some ideas that I … Continue reading

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Modern and Indigenous Environmental Differences: The Indigenous Worldview, Part 11

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Why can’t we just get along? This is a question that I have been working on in my new book, Divided: Colliding Ways We See the World. In the next several posts in this blog … Continue reading

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The Modern Worldview, Part 10

One of the most destructive things that’s happening in modern society is that we are losing our sense of the bonds that bind people together – which can lead to nightmares of social collapse. … Alexander McCall Smith Why can’t … Continue reading

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Reflections on Humanity and Goats

By Grace Parazzoli “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature For the reason Emerson states so perfectly, I crave open … Continue reading

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