#53 The Lost Art of (Wildful) Listening & How to Get it Back

Greetings friends, and welcome to  Episode #53 about reclaiming the art of listening, that is, helping us to truly listen and be able to hear what we may not even realize we're losing - a landscape devoid of human noise. We'll be exploring the work of Gordon Hempton, who is an audio ecologist, who has … Continue reading #53 The Lost Art of (Wildful) Listening & How to Get it Back

#35 Coal in Western MD Part Two: Whatever Happened to the Coal Towns? Guest Jim Rada

Greetings, and welcome to Episode #35, which is Part Two of our exploration of the legacy of coal in Western Maryland. In Part One, we learned about the lives of the people who actually worked in the mines back in their heyday, through the Oral History Project that was completed in the 1990s here in … Continue reading #35 Coal in Western MD Part Two: Whatever Happened to the Coal Towns? Guest Jim Rada

#31 The Civil War & the Jones-Imboden Raid, with Guest Jim Rada

Hello, and welcome to Wildfulness Episode #31, I'm Lisa Cole, your guide and host, and today we're exploring the sights, the sounds, and the sympathies of Western Maryland during the Civil War. As we draw close to April, we remember the Jones-Imboden Raid that took place in Oakland on April 23, 1863, and what it meant … Continue reading #31 The Civil War & the Jones-Imboden Raid, with Guest Jim Rada

#29 All Aboard, The Magic of Yesteryear on WM Scenic Railroad

What's loud, majestic, fast moving, romantic, mysterious, and works like a mammoth snowblower in the winter? If you guessed Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s steam locomotive, then my hat is off to you! So this is the first of a two-part "Epic-sode" tackling not only the history of trains as brought back to life by the … Continue reading #29 All Aboard, The Magic of Yesteryear on WM Scenic Railroad

#16 New in Town: Monkey Business Adventure Park: Wait . . .WHAT?

We've all seen it being built, that mysterious,  floating wooden obstacle course in the sky next to the lake, but had no clue what it was. Well, now we know: It's the brand spanking new, "Monkey Business Aerial Adventure Park." Now, there are a whole lot of jokes about monkeys, and some of them are … Continue reading #16 New in Town: Monkey Business Adventure Park: Wait . . .WHAT?

#11 Say Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Autumn Glory

It's September 1st. There was a mist this morning, skeins of light gray cotton wool lingering horizontally, weaving themselves back and forth within the folds of the land and sneaking out onto the lake. This evening, the crickets will sound louder than they did in July and August. And the smell of wood burning will … Continue reading #11 Say Goodbye to Summer, Hello to Autumn Glory

#10 Back to Basics: Cast Iron for Your Mountain Cooking (Grill, Saute, Sear, or Bake!)

There's a movement afoot . . . well, there are a lot of movements afoot these days, but what I mean is, in the world of foodies, cooking, and all things tasty, there seems to be a preponderance of cast iron retrograde in the air. From Huffington Post to "The Pioneer Woman" on HGTV, to the … Continue reading #10 Back to Basics: Cast Iron for Your Mountain Cooking (Grill, Saute, Sear, or Bake!)

#8 Your Brain on Nature: Mountains vs Internet & SmartPhones

"It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit." —Robert Louis Stevenson Do you ever get the feeling that as much as you love your … Continue reading #8 Your Brain on Nature: Mountains vs Internet & SmartPhones