Category: CoolWorks Compass

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Fredericksburg, Texas

Check out some of our recent announcements, newsworthy events, and just some general slices of information and encouragement.

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Mad Love For Maps – September 24, 2017

I fiercely fight for the right to bear maps. Big maps, fun maps, thinking maps, crinkly maps. Finding a map “outside the screen” can be a challenge, but we scored nicely as I wheeled the rental car into the Hillsboro, OR Visitor’s Center. I’m delighted that my daughter has…

Return to the Mountain – September 10, 2017

Take solace in the fact that in a decade, regardless of all the victories and defeats you’ll experience in life, and irrespective of all the wonderful and tragic events you’ll witness in this world, you’ll be able to return to this place and be welcomed. You will have changed.…

Kindred Spirits – August 13, 2017

Nestled into the dunes of a nature preserve on a remote stretch of beach on the coast of North Carolina stands a solitary mailbox. The “Kindred Spirit” mailbox has lived on a remote stretch called Bird Island for more than 35 years.

Beginnings – July 30, 2017

Every beginning has the potential to be terrifying.  Whether it’s a first date or a first day at a new job, we adults have an unfortunate tendency to allow ourselves to become anxious over all the uncertainty. Imagine if we still approached life with the unabashed fervor of a 6-year-old. Imagine how…

Maps – July 2, 2017

Whether you’re in a new place working a seasonal job or at home where you’ve lived your whole life, there are places near you that you’ve never set foot on before. Pick up a map, study it, envision the possibilities that lay before you, and then go claim them.

When It’s Gone – June, 19, 2017

You’ll never miss the water
until the well runs dry.
You’ll never miss the bacon
 until there’s none to fry.
You’ll never miss the money
until every cent is spent,
and you can’t collect a penny
from those to whom you’ve lent.

The Leaping Season – June 4, 2017

Leaping is always scary. Each time, we open ourselves up to failure or embarrassment or rejection, and we probably endure some scratches, bruises, and burns – but great things lie right on the other side of those flaming fear hoops.