By Sanober Khan

Don’t embrace mediocrity; its main charm is to make you fall in love with failure. Speed off… Excellence awaits you at the end of your journey!

Fall in love
with the energy
of the mornings

trace your fingers
along the lull
of the afternoons

take the spirit
of the evenings
in your arms
kiss it deeply

and then
make love
to the tranquility
of the nights.

By Sanober Khan

Desire to Kill

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The Coming Winter

By Melissa Lyn
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Forbidden Fruit

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Beckoning Cavern

By Melissa Lyn
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Lines for Winter


Tell yourself
as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
that you will go on
walking, hearing
the same tune no matter where
you find yourself—
inside the dome of dark
or under the cracking white
of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow. Read More

Contempories and Snobs

after Laura Riding Jackson

There’s a structure for idiocy—lamplight—
all over the nation; it’s an illumination
with such sheer creative force it is misrecognized genius.
I have misunderstood people’s duplicitous ways—their lightbulbs—
as righteous forms of complexity;
not calculated obfuscations. Read More

Failing to Return

By Melissa Lyn
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Nox Borealis


If Socrates drank his portion of hemlock willingly,
if the Appalachians have endured unending ages of erosion,
if the wind can learn to read our minds
and moonlight moonlight as a master pickpocket,
surely we can contend with contentment as our commission.
Deer in a stubble field, small birds dreaming
unimaginable dreams in hollow trees,
even the icicles, darling, even the icicles shame us
with their stoicism, their radiant resolve.
Listen to me now: think of something you love
but not too dearly, so the night will steal from us
only what we can afford to lose.

El Viajero

The lone traveler begins to find the truths in life deep into the journey. And the reality is, the traveler begins to find themselves…

Truly it takes a great adventure, faced alone, to see what has been hidden amongst the mediocrity of everyday life. The path must be spontaneous, ever adapting to discovery. And it is only on the path never before taken by the traveler can answers be found. Read More


Amy Lowell, 1874 – 1925

I will mix me a drink of stars,—
Large stars with polychrome needles,
Small stars jetting maroon and crimson,
Cool, quiet, green stars. Read More

Fleeting Inspiration

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Brick Wall

By Melissa Lyn
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Nature ramblings…10 minutes on a ledge

As the afternoon sun peaks through the pines, two new england owls call for each other across the forest. The tall ledge I now reside upon offers a wide view of the earth colored surroundings, as the gray squirrels dance from cubby holes to branches. Read More

Materialistic Humanity

By Melissa Lyn
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You’ve Got to Start Somewhere


I had the idea of sitting still
while others rushed by.
I had the thought of a shop
that still sells records. Read More

Salomon Women’s Snowtrip Winter Boots Review

Sometimes in our winter treks, a heavy duty mountaineering boot just isn’t needed. Thus we can go with a much lighter boot as long as it keeps our tootsies warm on the trail. Having wide feet in a size 6.5 US Women’s (37 EU), it’s always been an adventure in itself for me to find comfortable footwear that performs like the best on the market. Here’s some info about my latest gear love, the Salomon Women’s Snowtrip TS WP winter hiking boots. Read More

The Best Travel ATM and Credit Cards

After being on the road for six and a half months and traveling through eight different countries here are my recommended backpacking and budget travel cards to avoid large fees and gain valuable travel points. Read More

The North Face Base Camp Duffel Review

A lot of gear manufacturers are getting smarter these days by adding great features to their packs and bags but even with all these features, few can boast an almost indestructable durability in their products. The North Face Base Camp Duffel is the best of both worlds offering a ton of features and convienences as well as a super durable, “bomb-proof” design. Read More

Petite Pants Part 2: Finding the Right Fit

With all the challenges facing the petite woman in finding properly fitting athletic/outdoor pants, it can be quite overwhelming and frustrating at times. After spending hours in the store, hours online and continuously walking away empty handed, most petites end up paying the full price for a pair of pants that don’t fit well in one area or another since they seem to have no other option. Many high end pants can’t even be altered because they may have certain features like ankle zips or special materials. Read More