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August 21, 2014
The dark side of the Little House author - RWL136

More news emerged this week showing the public's fascination with the pioneer tales of Laura Ingalls Wilder, subject of my next book, Libertarians on the Prairie.

A biographer of Wilder (Pamela Smith Hill) is editing Wilder's original handwritten memoir of her life. The...

July 31, 2014
Iowa and Wisconsin - Way north in Wisconsin

William Holtz was an English professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia when he stumbled upon the papers of Rose Wilder Lane. He committed himself to writing her biography even though this meant putting aside his work on environmental thinkers like Joseph Krutch and eighteenth-century...

June 13, 2014
Save the date: Writing from the natural world, June 12-14, 2015 - whites trip with chris July 2013 007

I, Chris Woodside, will lead a three-day writing workshop on the shores of incredible Squam Lake next June. Mark your calendars and join me on June 12, 13, and 14 at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps in Holderness, New Hampshire. Details coming. Lodging and good...

May 5, 2014
My AT thru-hike - For website_94_on Katahdin

The thin paperback’s cover bent back. My friend Phil held it up above his head in his left hand and tipped the page toward the beam of his tiny flashlight. He lay on his back next to his wife, Cay, on the dirty wooden floor of the open-fronted shelter. Three of us stared up into the dark...

April 1, 2014
80 years since the Dust Bowl's horrible drought - Dust_Bowl_-_Dallas,_South_Dakota_1936

Eighty years ago, in 1934, over-plowed land in the interior lands of the United States began to spread. The drought was the worst in American history. As Public Broadcasting said in its meticulous notes about that period, dust storms spread beyond the boundaries of what people were calling the...

March 6, 2014
Daylight acceleration time - Daylight Saving Ohio

 

Daylight saving time returns to the United States on March 9, 2014.

Thousands of years of history prove that people like to use some kind of a clock to regulate economic and domestic life. It’s true also that the species does respond to an inner clock, the circadian...

February 14, 2014
Olympic hosts reject American yogurt - nonfat-plain-lg3[1]

The New York State-based Greek yogurt company, Chobani, supported the United States OIympic Team and wanted the athletes to eat the "official yogurt" in Sochi. But the Russians would not allow the yogurt into the country, citing the ban on U.S. dairy products going back to...

January 15, 2014
Coastal towns cope with rising sea - 362px-Damage_from_Hurricane_Sandy_to_house_in_Brooklyn,_NY

The steady rise of the sea along the coasts of the United States has led towns and cities to change how they give out building permits, respond to emergencies, and navigate their roads. I have written two stories that focus in on three towns in Connecticut in particular.

See my piece in...

December 30, 2013
New work update  - scaled.Wrack Lines _Old Quarry_IMG_0117

* I'm getting ready to head to the Pacific Northwest in two weeks. I will visit Seattle to learn about its efforts to use less energy, and the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute in Corvallis, Oregon.

* Not too long ago, a municipal conservation director’s job centered...

November 15, 2013
November in Crawford Notch - 1463991_10152023300679433_520060476_n

When I can feel the invisible hands of not-knowing-what-to-write grabbing me around the neck, I know it's time to head up into the mountains. What is it about the lovely (and sometimes not lovely) distractions of normal life that muddy clear thinking? It's something about my personality...

October 27, 2013

My article in the Boston Globe and PBS News Hour blog prompted libertarians to write suggesting I have a political stance in reporting the political...

October 14, 2013
Woodlands: 76 Years of a Powerful Little Magazine - Woodlands Fall 2011 cover

On Friday night, October 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., I will present the history of Connecticut Woodlands magazine, which I have edited since 2001, and its contribution to the Connecticut environmental canon, with highlights of especially great/memorable articles published since its start in 1936...

September 30, 2013

Town planners know they can't avoid dealing with sea-level rise.

I am writing an article about how coastal Connecticut's municipal leaders are changing the way they manage roads, emergency services, zoning, and building permits. Sea level has risen to within inches of billions of...

August 22, 2013
Desk work, late summer - PICT0065

It's been a heck of a busy summer, and next week I'll be taking some time off with my daughters and husband. Then from September 1-11 I'll be on a writing retreat in northern New Hampshire. But I won't be out of touch.

In these last busy days before vacation, I've been...

August 15, 2013
Little Libertarians on the Prairie - Little Libertarians Globe illustration

Was a beloved children's series written as an anti-New Deal fable? The Wilder family papers suggest yes.

A FEW MONTHS AFTER the stock market crash, in the winter of 1930, Laura Ingalls Wilder sat at a small desk in Mansfield, Mo., and began...

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