In Praise of Dawdling

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in wholeness | No Comments
In Praise of Dawdling

“Stop dawdling!” I heard that quite a bit as a young child. Usually I was doing something very important, such as watching the wind blow dry leaves across the water like little boats, or examining the workings of an ant colony, or identifying the shapes of clouds. I could not understand the urgency of getting […]

Comfort And Joy

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in wholeness | No Comments
Comfort And Joy

Christmas music softly bringing tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy. Seventy-year-old recording, the singers likely all dead. Did they find it? Comfort and joy? “We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.” Aldo Leopold in 1949. Shortly after the dead singers sang. Before TV marketed the comforts of the material life […]

Forest Man: Hope in Action

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in land | No Comments
Forest Man: Hope in Action

In 1979, a teen living in northeastern India saw firsthand that recurrent major floods not only were destroying precious topsoil in his agricultural region, but also taking the habitat and the lives of all kinds of creatures. The elders in his community told him that the only long term solution would be a new forest, […]

Where Fall And Winter Meet

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in land, neighborhood | No Comments
Where Fall And Winter Meet

Winter stole into my neighborhood Friday night, silently releasing snow onto darkened streets and lawns and woods. We got just under six inches by the time it was done Saturday afternoon, a near-record for a November snow. When I woke up and surveyed my surroundings, I was pleased to discover that the sidewalk and driveway […]

Facing Climate Change With Hope: Sigurd Olson’s Way

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in cosmos, land | No Comments
Facing Climate Change With Hope: Sigurd Olson’s Way

As Sigurd Olson’s biographer, I was invited to speak at Northland College during the year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. It was April 4, 2013, Sigurd’s birthday. Rather than speak about the details of his life, I chose to focus on the relevance of his ideas and perspective to the great […]

The Three Themes of Pope Francis

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in cosmos, wholeness | No Comments
The Three Themes of Pope Francis

Several weeks ago I presented this updated version of a talk I have given several times over the past two years. I am posting it here especially because of the connection to the crucial United Nations climate conference that will begin on November 30 in Paris. xxx Imagine that you’re a book publisher, and three years […]

Drawn to Autumn’s Fire

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in neighborhood, wholeness | No Comments
Drawn to Autumn’s Fire

The peak of fall color came on Sunday in my little corner of the world. It was a perfect late October day, sunny and warm, and hundreds came to Grant Park, drawn to witness the blazing colors. If Grant Park is the crown of the Milwaukee County Park System, the Seven Bridges Trail is the […]

The Stranger

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in land, neighborhood | No Comments
The Stranger

The skyscrapers glowed in the warm rays of the late afternoon sun. So did the nearby trees. The harbor was alive with boats and gulls. Walking along the waterfront, I absorbed the beauty of this October day, and felt both peace and joy. And yet as beautiful as it was, something was missing. I did […]

The Locomotive’s Wail

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in neighborhood | No Comments
The Locomotive’s Wail

Not a leaf stirred on my backyard birch tree. I heard no neighbors, no cars, saw no squirrels. Even the birds were silent and hidden. It was as though time itself had frozen one beautiful moment on a dew-filled autumn morning. I sat on my patio in the early morning sun and meditated on these words from […]

The Pope of the Blood Moon

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in neighborhood, wholeness | No Comments
The Pope of the Blood Moon

Pope Francis departed from Philadelphia International Airport last night under the glow of the harvest moon. And not just any harvest moon, but a supermoon, which seems larger than life because the moon is at its closest point to the earth. Even more–a supermoon preparing to undergo a full eclipse, which has only happened five […]