Today I turned 40 years old with a bottle of champagne and my family on a summit overlooking the North Cascades. We kicked off the weekend on the Pacific Crest Trail at Harts Pass near Canada. The PCT was the first “big girl” trail I hiked after moving to Seattle in 2013. Spending time in complete silence (for hours) was a first for me. It truly changed my life. When I finally grew comfortable paying attention without immediately reacting, I was really able to listen and see life around me in a way I never had before. If someone asks what really led to the end of my career, it was an internal shift I have a hard time describing but ultimately resembles self-awareness, and it probably began on the PCT. I met several through hikers this weekend who started at the Mexico border and were almost done. I asked what they planned to do after such an accomplishment. “Go home and get back to work,” most said. At first it seems anticlimactic but I remember Trent Peterson, a young man whose story I told years ago, as he rode wild mustangs along the PCT. He used to say that the PCT is just a trail, what matters is that we slow down, pay attention and see clearly whatever path we’re on. I looked up a quote from that report to share with you all.
“This isn't to advocate for the PCT. The PCT is just a trail. Get out of the rat race and slow down. Pay attention to the little things, not just the big things, because it's the whole picture we need to be aware of," he said.
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Journalists are now being pressured to say "climate emergency" instead of climate change. Todd Myers is Environmental Director at the Washington Policy Center and Author of "Time to Think Small: How Nimble Environmental Technologies Can Solve the Planet's Biggest Problems."
Ex- Seattle TV journalist, Jonathon Choe, was barred from a media tour of a new homeless megaplex because the King County Executive's communication team told him he's "not a member of the media." He currently works for the Discovery Institute, a public policy think tank. Choe was fired from KOMO after his coverage of a Proud Boy's rally (he was called a white supremacist though he is Asian). Hoping to have him and Brandi Kruse, who is also an ex-Seattle TV reporter, on tomorrow to talk about how the Seattle government officials are deciding who is a journalist. Any questions?
Behind the scenes (I.e. under my desk) during today’s livestream. Thankful for all of you who support the producers!
Watch this video at about 9 min 30 seconds. I was a little surprised that perhaps YouTube was recommending my content again - but we can all rest assured that is not the case! 🤷🏼♀️