Grief, Hope, and Baby Sea Turtles

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in wholeness | 2 Comments
Grief, Hope, and Baby Sea Turtles

No two wounds are the same. We all experience the deaths of loved ones, but in unique ways. We all experience hurt and betrayal from people around us, also in unique ways. But whether it is the accumulation of hurts, or one catastrophic blow, many of us reach a point where the pain feels devastating and irreversible. […]

The Killers in My Neighborhood

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in neighborhood | One Comment
The Killers in My Neighborhood

I think of my neighborhood as a safe place. I don’t even know when a murder may have taken place–the last one in my entire city was more than a decade ago. But such a rosy view depends on one’s perspective. The other day, the headline news traveling by skips and jumps among neighborhood squirrels […]

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 […]