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Kaleigh Carlson

Masters Student of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Back to My True Nature


How I overcame my fear of heights by pushing past my comfort zone in the mountains and, in the process, watched my self-made limits disappear. In addition, lessons nature taught me living out of a tent as a woman in remote parts of the world. 

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Up on the Mountains

@ VOL 1 ON SEP 25, 2012

John All talks about his experiences with mountain climbing, mainly in the Andes. He talks about the various samples he takes while climbing, the relationship between mountain climbing and scientific research, and the deterioration of the peaks due to global warming.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 25, 2013.

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Nature in Albany

@ VOL 1 ON JUN 28, 2013

Susan Schwartz celebrates nature in Albany, and highlights the hours of hard work done by volunteers in order to keep the natural habitats and inhabitants of Albany and other areas alive for future generations. 

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Nature Is My Country Club: Wilderness of Light

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 29, 2016

While working on the foundations of his book, Nature Is My Country Club,Christopher Cudworth wanted to find a common denominator or symbol of wilderness that all people could access. He also wanted to give people a practical tool for accessing nature wherever they find themselves. As a writer and artist, naturalist and photographer, he arrived at the conclusion that light itself constitutes an untamed element. It is at once infinite and chaotic, untrammeled and vibrant. In other words, light reveals and releases within us feelings of both connection and freedom. And as light is found everywhere, and on all things, it serves as a method to get back in touch with the natural world, even if one is nowhere near what is traditionally called “wilderness.”

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My Favorite Bs

@ VOL 11 ON MAY 06, 2016

A true believer in the magic of bees, Gillian Leitch seeks the hidden truths in their messages and the connective power they humbly offer the planet. 

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Shining a Light on My Fears

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 03, 2016

Matthew Rennels shares on facing some of the fears in his life. Rennels is a writer, author and blogger, who writes on topics of faith and fear. It all started for Matthew back in the early 2000s when he was in college and suddenly fell into a deep depression.  His world crashed and this landed Matt in years of darkness until he found escape through a new-found faith in God.

Matthew has a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter and editor for several newspapers, before entering the finance industry as a technical writer, where he’s worked for the past six years. He is also about to begin a creative writing Masters of Fine Arts program at Sierra Nevada College, which will keep him busy.

Matthew moved to Sioux Falls last August. He was previously living in Tampa, Florida, and though he misses the beaches and tropical weather, Tampa didn’t have the heart he has found in Sioux Falls. He is thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community.  

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The nature of noise polution

@ VOL 27 ON APR 20, 2017

Alli Injaian talks about the impact noise has on birds in the urban areas.

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The True Spirit of Nature

@ VOL 2 ON FEB 17, 2018

Adil Riaz focuses primarily on his solo experience and interactions with the Spirit of Nature. He showcases the scenic beauty of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, some lakes across the northern parts of Pakistan including Sheosar Lake.

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Nearby Nature and Transformation at Four Mile Run

@ VOL 2 ON NOV 07, 2018

Something remarkable has been going on at Four Mile Run Park, a trail and waterway that passes through urban industrial areas in northern Virginia, USA. After decades of pollution and neglect, through the efforts of volunteers, the area is coming back to life. Kurt Moser, president of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, details how we can sometimes transform nature around us to positive effect. 

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The mountains are calling

@ VOL 22 ON JAN 24, 2018

The Mountains are calling and I must go, Adrienne Boerwinkel did not wait any longer and went. She quit her job and headed for the most beautiful mountains in the world, together with her husband. The intriguing story of the first Dutch woman that reached the head summit of the ‘eight-thousander’ Manaslu in Nepal.