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Being careful with what we have

July 10 Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. -Aldous Huxley In the Arctic, you learn not to take the basics needed for a comfortable life for granted. Consider: • In some of the places we’ve been up north, there is no tap water. Most of the drinking water [...]

Huge ice cliffs in Hudson Bay

June 22 Perception is not reality. That ice cliff on the horizon isn’t really there. One of my last duties before leaving for this summer sabbatical was to speak at our Honors Convocation as part of commencement weekend.  The title I chose for my talk was Ensuring Perception is Not Reality.  I reminded our graduates [...]

Where the Churchill River meets Hudson Bay

June 20  In the Polar zone, the assault is immediate and sudden and, unlike the insidious fatality of hot countries, produces its results rapidly. –Elisha Kent Kane, Arctic Explorer

On the wilderness train to Hudson Bay

June 18  We all arrived in different ships, but we are in the same boat now. — Martin Luther King, Jr. A long journey fosters new friendships.