Coffee for Your Heart

Let Light Transform You From Bleh to Beautiful

I love hummingbirds—small, speedy, colorful and difficult-to-photograph birds that measure from 2.75 inches to 5.5 inches in length. These measuring-spoon sized avian acrobats act like California Condors when defending their territory from foreign invasion (i.e., other birds approaching ‘its’ feeder). I feel tired just watching a hummingbird. Their hearts can beat up to 1260 times per minutes (a cardiologist’s nightmare). They excel in foreign acquisitions (they build expandable nests out of insect and spider silk). A hummingbird can consume up…

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What I Learned from Rhubarb Pie Might Surprise You

Rhubarb Restraint The rhubarb pie helped me decided when to leave Homer. If I headed out after a quick supper in the trailer, I would make it to Tern Lake before it got too dark. The next morning, I could get up early and go birding right out my front door. That would allow me to make it to Long Rifle Lodge, northeast of Anchorage, in time for lunch and slice of the world’s best rhubarb pie. My plan worked…

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Do You Suffer From Puffin Disease?

Next Stops, Puffin Paradise and Seldova I spent my first night alone at a roadside pullout just north of Homer. When I woke up the next morning, I discovered that someone else had pulled in to camp behind me. I couldn’t decide if having someone camp in the same pullout made me feel safer or creeped-out. After a quick breakfast, I headed into Homer to catch a ferry to Seldova, where friends of my parents live. I had met Paul…

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Don’t Leave Home Without the Milepost and Proper Calibration

The Alaskan Traveler’s Bible Before we left for Alaska, someone suggested that we might want to take along the Milepost. “Milepost?” I said. “Is that some kind of map?” “Yeah, it has maps, and it tells you where you can buy gas and stuff,” my advisor responded. And so at the last minute I purchased a copy of the Milepost. I finally cracked it open in Bozeman and discovered that it contained more than just maps and listings of gas…

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Off-Kilter Perceptions Make ME Unbalanced!

Perceptions Motivate Us Back to that desire of my heart I didn’t want to mention. I really wanted to visit Sarah at her summer job in Alaska. Ever since we stood Sarah up for a Christmas visit to Argentina, I’ve felt the need to visit her during a vacation. I know it seems silly, maybe even a little helicopterish, but there you have it. Deep down, I know it has to do with providing a positive context for reconnecting with…

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