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Science Matters

April 23, 2017
Science Matters

I’ve done a lot of Earth Day presentations over the years, but this represents one of my ALLTIME favorites, speaking at the California Academy of Sciences, an amazing place brimming with brilliant men and women doing essential research and work that matters.

It’s hard to fathom in 2017, that we need to march in order to help the flat earthers out there understand that science matters. I can’t wrap my head around the fact that we are living in a time where we have a president and over half of congress hellbent on eviscerating our environmental laws and agencies that protect our most basic needs: clean air, clean water, healthy food, wild spaces, flowing rivers, biodiverse oceans, and a livable climate.

On this day where men, women and children across the globe are marching and protesting in support of science–I feel dirty even saying this, it’s like saying that people are marching to show their support of gravity–I’m thinking we need to propose new qualification for any candidate running for public office. If you’re a flat earther who doesn’t believe in science, stay hidden in your hole, but you can’t run for public office, not when the planet, and future generations of global residents, two legged, four legged, winged and finned are at risk. Or better yet, how about this, let’s just agree as rational, reasonable adults, that we won’t vote for candidates who believe that our planet is only 6,000 years old, and that we humans walked with dinosaurs. We wouldn’t allow a doctor who didn’t believe in anesthesia to open us up, so why allow the men and women charged with the protection of our environment, civil liberties, and human rights, to remain stuck in the dark ages?

It’s Twenty17 people. Science is for real. Science matters. And science makes Trump, Ryan, McConnell, and the rest of these climate deniers look foolish. And lastly, to anyone offended by this post, ask yourself how you’re enjoying your Carmel macchiato, that delicious yam, living without smallpox and polio, driving your car instead of hoofing it, taking public transportation, or binging your favorite Netflix saga. Oh, and don’t forget about electricity and the cell phone you’re using to read this rant. That’s a wrap. Science matters, and it’s never mattered more.

With nothin’ but love, Michael W. Leach

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Eddie Would Go

February 10, 2017
Eddie Would Go

Spinning at the gym late last week, it hit me. I needed to get away—get outside, in nature, and most importantly, in water. I swim.  I’m religious about it.  Ever since my wheels (legs) began to fail four winters ago, I’ve swum 4-7 days a week.  It’s what I’ve got, so it’s what I do. … Continue Reading

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Not Ready To Make Nice

November 14, 2016
Not Ready To Make Nice

Stop telling me not to be angry about the results of this election. Stop the kumbaya appeals for unity. I appreciate your open-mindedness, and pleas that we are all one—not Republicans, not Democrats, but Americans—but I’m afraid I need to call bullshit. I was born in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, a very Montana-like landscape and community.… Continue Reading

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An Insiders Take on Yellowstone National Park’s Failure to Close Its Waters

August 25, 2016
An Insiders Take on Yellowstone National Park’s Failure to Close Its Waters

Yellowstone National Park fails to respond to a crisis of unprecedented proportions occurring on its doorstep… I wept Saturday morning as I read the Bozeman Daily Chronicle article detailing the disaster that has recently struck the Yellowstone River, decimating its beloved Mountain Whitefish. A previously unidentified strain of parasite has proliferated throughout the river’s famed… Continue Reading

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Happy Earth Day From Yellowstone Country

April 22, 2016
Happy Earth Day From Yellowstone Country

In honor of Earth Day I wanted to share a little excerpt from Grizzlies on My Mind and Be Audacious.  Though they are two vastly different books, they both tell the story of passion, commitment to a cause, the importance of uncovering purpose and meaning in our lives, all the while celebrating the power of… Continue Reading

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Swimming Into Positive Visualization

April 4, 2016
Swimming Into Positive Visualization

Every Sunday morning I head to the pool for a rendezvous with 2,000 meters of water. Like all of life, some days are easier than others. On brilliant bluebird days like yesterday in Bozeman, it’s hard to go inside to swim, but yesterday, like all days, I emerged better for it. Swimming is my anti-depressant.… Continue Reading

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Yellowstone Mana

February 18, 2016
Yellowstone Mana

Every day in Yellowstone provides richness for the discerning eye and open heart. This enigmatic layer of fog came and went before settling over the temple of the Lamar Valley late last week. It was another mana-filled day as I led a wildlife tour for four spirited Seattleites in Yellowstone. At one point, we sat… Continue Reading

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Liquid Gold

February 17, 2016
Liquid Gold

The Hawaii brain train left the station today. In reality, the power of adventure extends far beyond the experience itself. Saltwater, mountain air, pulsing river molecules, powder snow and grimy dirt, it all gets in our blood, becomes a part of who we are, and enhances our walk upon this big, rugged, watery and sacred… Continue Reading

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Karma, Yellowstone Style

May 28, 2015

It was a rough night. With a 5 AM start time scheduled for my guide day the following morning, I made the trek from Bozeman to Gardiner (on the doorstep to Yellowstone’s northern range) to crash at my friend’s house. I settled in just in time to watch the fourth quarter of the Warriors vs.… Continue Reading