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You Are Momentous

Happiness is more within our reach than most people seem to realize. There are many time-honored ideas and practices we all can embrace to help us increase the joy of living. This project is dedicated to John Lerew, a friend who recently passed away too young, and it’s offered as a simplified formula for achieving happiness by being momentous.

Written, produced, directed, photographed and edited by Roger Darnell: All rights reserved.

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Rare Air Episode 19 and March 2017 desktop calendar

An original desktop calendar for March appears at the bottom of this post.

For my brave parents and for Beth’s, moving to Florida was a dream that became reality back in the 1970s. While many among their generation of northerners in Wisconsin and Illinois shared their aspirations for the warmer climate – and for adventures that connected with the wild more directly than anything happening in those homelands – only the rare few made the leap of faith to re-cast themselves and their children as Floridians. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 17: Saint John – Underwater

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June 11 is the date we planned to arrive in Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands, before staying on for another nine nights. In the months leading up to that, I spent a lot of time daydreaming about those moments we’d be spending in paradise. My inner photobug also drove me to great lengths to gear up for the trip, as I got serious about capturing more captivating moments to feed into new Rare Air chapters. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 16: Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Thank you for joining me here to ring in the autumn of 2016 and sample some of the experiences gathered earlier this year in Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands. I have referred to it as our vacation of vacations, giving you a sense of how much fun you’ll have when you go. The day I shot the footage appearing in Rare Air episode 16 is one I will never forget. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 15: Tongue Point, Washington, Part Three


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Our friends Richard and Heidi Campbell of Boone were other big inspirations for this trip. A couple of years earlier, they and their kids had spent many months settled in Christchurch, New Zealand, and afterward, they shared a photo album with us from their travels. I can still recall the powerful envy I felt seeing them in those heavenly natural locations, where geography defies the imagination, and everywhere one sees water, the heart’s desire is magnetically attracted to be right there. Among those images were tumultuous landscapes pacified by blue and white waves, and something about the tidal pools struck especially deep chords in me.

Of all the National Parks listed in my Stone Road Press guide book, Olympic is the one that seemed to match the picturesque grandeur of New Zealand most closely. That perception locked-up my initial vote… but as our plans took shape and time marched forward to the trip, I was absolutely intrigued by the idea that we were going to the Northwestern-most point of the continental United States. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 14: Tongue Point, Washington, Part Two

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Looking back, it seems like fate drew us to Washington State and Olympic National Park in 2014. It all started when we were in Isle of Palms, which is near Charleston, South Carolina, the week after Christmas in 2012. That was the year of our family’s first National Parks tour; all of that had happened earlier that summer. With the kids, we’d decided that we would schedule our next National Parks tour for 2014, and one place we were intending to go was Glacier National Park. While loitering in Barnes and Noble that December, I purchased a new book: “Your Guide to the National Parks” from Michael Joseph Oswald and Stone Road Press (2012).

I found Glacier very quickly in the book, and worked outward from there, imagining how we might spend up to a few weeks visiting that international treasure and others in its area. Soon enough, Read more

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Rare Air Episode 7: Boone Woods

An original March 2015 desktop calendar appears below.

I’ve mentioned recently that we have a new mission as a family, having chosen to relocate to a new city this summer and now, seriously looking forward to spring. Anyone watching the news lately has seen that the East Coast has been experiencing some intense winter weather, and certainly that’s been true for us. Temperatures have been especially cold and we’ve also received enough snow to cancel school most of the past two weeks. It seems like we used to celebrate snow days outdoors more often, and I’ve missed some chances to enjoy winter weather of late. But I’ve also embraced a couple of them.

First, on one snowy February night, Riley had his buddy Elias Hamm over for a sleep-over, and the conditions were prime for night-sledding. Both boys suited up with me despite it being pretty late in the evening, and outside we went with a wide assortment of sleds in our arsenal. There was some debate over which worked best, but I chose the tried-and-true “Blue Thunder” to get some tracks packed down. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 6: Sol Duc River

An original January 2015 desktop calendar appears below.

We just enjoyed the most wonderful Christmas at home, and it looks like it will be our last one in Boone, at least from the near-term perspective. In the months ahead, we will move forward on our plans to relocate to Asheville, which is bound to be very exciting but also extremely bittersweet; the memories we have made here since arriving from Los Angeles have generally been wonderful, and with each passing day, they just keep getting sweeter. Still, there is a lot of optimism drawing us toward our family’s next adventure, and since we plan to keep our Boone real estate in our portfolio moving forward, this lovely town is certain to be part of our future as well.

Looking back at our 2014 National Park Tour – and even our 2012 one – I can see the new-growth roots of our kids’ willingness to “get up and go,” and this notion gives me some pride. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 4: Fort Flagler State Beach


Time in nature = sacred saturation. Free September 2014 desktop calendar below.
“Rare Air” is my original series of short travelogues intended to immerse us all in nature, if only for a minute, and this episode is my fourth. I captured the footage on June 25, 2014, on the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington. Here’s a note from my journal that day.

The day was sunny and warm in monumental ways… so that the vacation seemed to have turned over a new leaf. Read more

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Rare Air Episode 3: Kalaloch Beach

Captured June 16, 2014.

Time in nature = sacred saturation. Free August 2014 desktop calendar below. Read more

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