Transforming fear with 50,000 bees

The Center for Humans and Nature published my recent interview with the fascinating artist Matt Willey and his ambitious project The Good of the Hive. My good friend and sustainability educator Dan Schnitzer was also on the line for our chat. Read the interview here. Image: Study for “DNA”, a work in progress by Matt […]

Bird, I, M

We can’t relieve what we don’t understand. Understanding violence means recognizing our own intimate experiences with the situations and emotions that give rise to it in our own lives, every day.

From her to eternity

Before I started teaching elementary school, I was under the impression that eternity was a really long time. Then at the end of one school day, I walked my class outside to meet their parents, who would escort them away one by one in their sport utility vehicles that idled in a stately procession wrapping […]

How to move a mountain

It’s morning at the farm and the spring air is airish. Precipitation is so fine that it seems to hang there, not falling, just wet. Last night’s rain left shallow puddles that reflect the gray skies above. Task of the morning: move a mountain. In reality it’s a heap, but if you crouch down and […]

An Open Letter to Rahm re: Rats

Dear Mayor Emanuel, Recently I caught a story with the headline “Chicago Has ‘A Real Problem’ With Rats, Rahm Admits”. Like most busy people, I don’t typically read articles, but prefer to skim headlines and scan for any images that draw me in long enough to skip down to the comments section where the real […]

The true nature of plastic grass

For many people, nature means the birds, the bees, and the flowers. It means everything that is not artificial. We have in our minds that nature is outside us. – Alan Watts The farm that I manage is small – only about 1/4 of an acre in country terms, or exactly 3 city lots in […]