Stuff by Geneviève Villamizar

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Branching Out: Artemis outdoors club for girls

    After I write this, I’ll be guiding five fourth and fifth grade girls in fresh snow. On walkabout, we’ll focus not on the cold, but the stories we encounter in whiteness, letting the natural world fill and propel us for an afternoon.

    Binoculars will fuel curiosity.read more →

  • Locations: Columns Published

    Branching Out: Dear mountains

    I see an orange flash amid the mowed green clover and brome, roadside. Fox. Dead. Fur, still like down fluff. Its form is lithe, not yet bloated. Heading to a favorite fishing hole late in the day, I can’t stop. Can’t do both. I’ll come back tomorrow.

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    Branching Out: Ruminations on consumption

    Yvon Chouinard’s favorite quote about entrepreneurship is “that to understand an entrepreneur, you should study a juvenile delinquent. They’re both saying “this sucks and I’m going to do it another way.” You have to break the rules and prove that your way works.”

    My entrepreneur spiritread more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    Branching Out: What those hunting photos say

    A conversation has opened within hunting as more people of infinite diversity have entered its sacred realm: What is an appropriate photograph when we “fill our tags?” “Bag” our animal? Secure clean food in fair chase for our families?

    A thousand words cannot capture the momentsread more →

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    Branching Out: The complexity of aliveness

    Stumbling through riverbed boulders and log jams, the beams of our headlamps were lightsabers, slicing erratically through black night. Snowmelt sloshed in my 20-year old waders. My friend George shivered, soaked up to shrinkage. Neither state though, dampened our mirth. Out after dark, we felt like kids atread more →

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    Branching Out: Escaping pressure

    In this week’s Mountain Journal, a nonprofit journal centered on Yellowstone National Park, I read an editorial about the packed trails locals are experiencing in Livingston, Montana under the shadow of Bozeman’s population explosion amid COVID-19. 

    I felt their angst overread more →

  • Locations: Opinion Published

    Branching Out: Let’s seize the moment to help the planet

    As I write this, I am pulling my head up from a miasma of research. I don’t like data, or black and white — things without wiggle room or a fudge-factor paralyze me. Gray areas are usually my comfort zone. And I don’t like professional jargon; it intimidatesread more →

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    Branching Out: A Sit Spot or Two

    Barefoot, I step quietly through waves and drifts of green.

    I can hear heavy birds scratching in the underbrush. With one wary eye at a time, they peer about, swiping their beaks back and forth through the decomposing duff. Concealed within a filagree of aspen leaves,read more →

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    Branching Out: Making love with a tree

    With a lifetime of working in nature, I feel like a “holder of secrets” at times.

    My second favoritest job ever was as an arborist, working for my friends Mickey and Susan as an undergrad. Each morning at a new job site we’d step intoread more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Modern love, foraging and fungi

    Merriam-Webster defines “symbiosis” as an interaction between two different organisms living in intimate association, typically to the advantage of both.  Think of Nemo, impervious to the sting of sea anemones, taking refuge within its tentacles. In thanks, Nemo scares off predators of the anemone; his wastes nourishread more →