Entries by Chris Quinn

My Son, Simon

On October 17, my son, Simon, was born. As he entered the world, his heart rate dropped. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. That first image of my son is burned into me: the stark whiteness of the cord set against his blueing skin, cinched tight to his neck, nested just beneath his […]

The Grace of Silence

A bit less than a month ago, I had surgery on my vocal cords to remove a polyp. Following surgery, I was on voice rest for a week: no speaking, no sounds were to come from my mouth for seven days. I abided by the rules as best I could. In all, I’d estimate only […]

My Grandmother and Mundane Miracles

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together.3 “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they […]

Transcending the Gnostic Duality: Atemporal Existence, Amoral Judge

Judge Holden of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian has been identified by Petra Mundik and Leo Daugherty as an archon of Gnostic theology. They propose that he represents the god-like being that attempts to keep humanity from gnosis, or the joining of the spirit with the unknown Godhead. “The Gnostics’ only source of comfort was the […]

Belated Thoughts on Gerry Largay

Gerry Largay, also known as Inchworm, was a 66 year old thru-hiker of the Appalachian Trail in 2013: the same year that I completed my thru-hike. She disappeared from the trail in Maine during the month of July. At the time of her disappearance, I was much further south, somewhere in Virginia. During my journaling and […]

To Do What We Want

“It is just so beautifully wild out there. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine vast tracts of land that have been minimally touched by the push of human progress – but they are there, and they are amazing. It is a powerful view to look out over forest and hills and not see roads cutting […]

Relieve the Loading

For the necessary time, the rope carried the New York wound. The river and the tall gallant were joined. A traveler stretched on a day in August. Farrington–the master mechanic of Niagara– set out to show that it was easy if you only thought so.   He shot the traveler, while a million people craned […]

Thoughts on Adventures of a Trail Stooge

I wanted to share with everyone… Just share a little bit about the way I wrote and thought about the compilation of Adventures of a Trail Stooge. The Mt Laurel Sun covered some of this in their excellent article that came out last week. You can find that here. But I wanted to lay it […]

Adventures of a Trail Stooge Excerpt

Here’s a short excerpt from the upcoming Adventures of a Trail Stooge. Look for it July 28th! My allergies are killing me. They won’t go away. Sleeping is a pain. During the day when I’m hiking it’s not too bad. But night time is not the right time. Me, Munchies + Tangy all hiked together […]