The Cup of Hope

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in wholeness | No Comments
The Cup of Hope

The picture I took for last week’s post about the gravity of the situation in which we find ourselves reminded me of something I did about this time each fall in my nature and culture class at the university. I was always forthright with my students, spending a good part of our first class talking […]

What We Hold in Our Hands

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in cosmos, wholeness | No Comments
What We Hold in Our Hands

Massive, devastating hurricanes and torrential downpours have led to the displacement of tens of millions in Asia and the southern U.S. Wildfires have torched large parts of the U.S. and Canadian West, as well as Greece, Brazil, Portugal, Algeria, Tunisia, Greenland, Siberia, and Russia, destroying homes, forcing large-scale evacuations, and making the air dangerous to […]

Genuine Climate Science Skeptics vs Lovers of Partisan Fairy Tales

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in cosmos | No Comments
Genuine Climate Science Skeptics vs Lovers of Partisan Fairy Tales

I have known a few conservatives who accept the reality and seriousness of human-caused climate change; I have known many more who do not. What is the difference? Skepticism of media. Those conservatives who accept the scientific consensus about climate change are skeptical of media. Those who deny the scientific consensus are not. I know, […]

Like the Deer That Yearns

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in wholeness | 2 Comments
Like the Deer That Yearns

Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God. My soul is yearning for God, the God of my life; when can I enter and see the face of God? –Psalm 42– I was standing between the deer and a creek. She wanted to enter the woods […]

The Trout Lilies of Grant Park

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in neighborhood | 2 Comments
The Trout Lilies of Grant Park

The trillium are rapidly expanding their white blooms in the beech and maple woods of Grant Park, especially to the south, along the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, but along the Seven Bridges Trail the trout lilies are still in command: thousands of little bursts of yellow breaking out of the decaying leaves of autumns past. […]

Endings and Beginnings

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in neighborhood | No Comments
Endings and Beginnings

On my walk through Grant Park Monday morning I came across something sad: an old white pine I had always loved had met its end. Evidently it had snapped during last week’s heavy winds. The park’s crew had already sawed it up and cleared it from the bike path. It had stood at the edge […]

The Letter

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in wholeness | 2 Comments
The Letter

Forty years ago today I wrote a letter that changed my life. Well, really, it was the one I received six days later that changed it, and in the forty years since then there has not been a day in which I haven’t remembered with gratitude the man who wrote it. I was a sophomore […]

Canyon Song

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in land, wholeness | No Comments
Canyon Song

During the 2016 centennial year of the National Park Service, the agency produced a series of short films celebrating not simply the beauty of the parks, but their growing value to people of all races and cultures. In some cases, the existence of a park also is vital in helping people to rediscover and preserve […]

Evening Prayer of the Woods

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in land, neighborhood, wholeness | No Comments
Evening Prayer of the Woods

If the year were compressed into a day, it would be evening, with its lengthening shadows and descending chill. The trees of Grant Park are girding themselves for winter; they have let go of most of their leaves, and the musky odor of decay rises up from the ground as the beeches and maples and […]

The Daunting Moral Calculus of Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in cosmos, land | One Comment
The Daunting Moral Calculus of Climate Change

Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate. So […]