Tom Trimbath is the author of the nature essay series “Twelve Months at Barclay Lake, Lake Valhalla, and Merritt Lake”; the cultural essay “Just Keep Pedaling”; Dream. Invest. Live, a book about frugal personal finance; and now, Walking, Thinking, Drinking Across Scotland.


One Man’s Search for Joy...
or at Least a Guinness

We build ruts. We build them out of habits and for a purpose, even if we don’t realize it. Our ruts keep us in the vicinity of what we think we need and aim us towards a goal we expect to reach. A rut is a person’s self-built one-dimensional maze that includes walls and a picture of cheese. If it is a deep enough rut, the horizon becomes the top of the trench that we can’t see over. The world shrinks to something that seems controllable where everything except the end is within reach...

Winter 2013 Issue

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