This week, get inspired by the many connotations of the word “spare.”

The view from Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, California.


  1. (adjective) Additional to what is required for ordinary use.
  2. (adjective) Elegantly simple.
  3. (verb) To refrain from harming.

During a trip to California, I went hiking with friends in Joshua Tree National Park. At our own varied paces, we scaled Ryan Mountain.

Having lived in the Canadian prairie all my life, I’m accustomed to that harsh climate. Spare landscapes are often quite beautiful in their minimalism (if you choose to look). I love to be astonished by earthly artistry, such as a field of ripe wheat against a deep blue sky or the smooth undulations of wind-carved snow.

On arriving at Ryan Mountain’s peak, I was treated to this incredible vista of perfectly complementary desert yellows, greens, and blues. Gazing into this distance, pleasantly spent from the exertion of the climb, I couldn’t help but feel at home in this spare landscape — despite the great differences in climate and altitude to where I live.

The view from Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, California.

The view from Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Spare has many connotations: it can mean one too many, or sparse, or even to release something from harm. I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations! Bonus points to those who tell the story behind their “spare” inspiration.

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  3. After surviving the harrowing long lines at the TSA, aren’t you glad there’s this moment to spare before your flight to provide some relief?

    It can be used for spending quality time with your traveling partner, texting, working on your laptop, taking a nap, having a snack, enjoying a bathroom break, staring aimlessly in space, or whatever suits your fancy provided it doesn’t alarm authorities.


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