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September 12, 2012
Groundbreaking without realizing it - Prater couple_Ann_Weathersby_NYTimes

An incredible piece of reporting on the underreported domestic side of the economic bust. These women are about my age. I'm struck by how unaware they are of how social...

August 21, 2012
Actor's Kilimanjaro quest, etc. - 13260188

Thumbing through the latest New York Times style magazine, I stumbled upon a piece by actor Andrew McCarthy, about his climb of Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, as a test of his ability to be loyal and consistent. He leaves behind a fiancee who is planning their wedding (McCarthy...

August 10, 2012
Alaska anyone? - Cover_SF2012

The new Appalachia journal is out. Five writers tell why they went to Alaska and why they stayed or didn't. Subscribe here.

North to Alaska: One erstwhile Northeasterner’s ongoing journey toward
the...

July 22, 2012
Somewhere new - 0722121245

I'm spending the week at a family cottage in southwestern New Hampshire, near Mount Monadnock, supposedly the second-most most climbed mountain in the world, behind Mount Fuji. Monadnock commands attention from a very wide radius around here: it's the Mount Fuji of lower elevations....

From a reader of Energy Independence - Pic from reader

I received this note from a Canadian reader of my book, Energy Independence:

"I just finished your 2009 updated version, and I must say I liked it a lot. Obvious you are a word professional, as it flows so nicely, is...

July 9, 2012
It's all fine for them. They wear ear protection. - 800px-Workers_with_leaf_blowers,_Georgia_Tech_Facilities_f

The neighborhoods now have roared to life with motorized blowers (see the photo) and hedge clippers. Many workers who use them wear ear protection. It's all fine for them, but what about the second-hand noise, the distractions everyone around these must accept? Frequent exposure to loud...

July 2, 2012
Back on the ridges, three days - Carter Range trip 2012_Hightview

Almost three weeks ago I went by myself on a three-day hiking trip in the Carter-Moriah Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Black flies outnumbered people. But I noticed when I dropped off the ridge, down the Rainbow Trail into the Wild River Wilderness, that wild animals know how to...

June 21, 2012

Why does a certain train line that begins with an "A" cost more the later they sell their tickets? Tonight the one-way cost for a ride from Old Saybrook, Connecticut to Boston was $39 at 8:30 p.m. I had to stop the reservation process because some dear friends had invited us to dinner...

June 4, 2012
Moody skies over Pattagansett River - scaled.DSCF6121

One good aspect of my journalist friend Judy Benson's yearly furlough from The Day, where we met when I was working there, is that we go kayaking once a year. On a Monday we left the business world behind for a half-day as we dipped the blades into the Fourmile River, Long Island Sound, and...

May 19, 2012
Races - scaled.DSCF6084

On Saturday, May 18, my husband, Nat and I joined some friends from our church to run in the Bishop's 5K for Kids, a road race in West Hartford. I have made this a priority the past two years because it raises money for a fund that helps needy children in Connecticut's cities. The Bishop...

Spring 2012

I wrote this for contributors to Connecticut Woodlands magazine. Its advice should help any writer getting started in journalism.

In this age of the internet, writers must be extremely careful not to inadvertently plagiarize by cutting (from web sources) ideas,...

April 15, 2012
Waterman Fund annual dinner - scaled.DSCF6042

Appalachia journal and the career of Rebecca Oreskes both got the attention at the annual dinner of an organization that works to protect alpine summits in the northeastern United States. It took place on Saturday, April 14 in...

April 13, 2012
Shrinking Glaciers - compare

The MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusestts decided to launch its first big public exhibit on a controversial aspect of "one of the most complicated and difficult issues to deal with, scientifically, politically, and publicly"—climate change. So said museum director John Durant...

April 9, 2012
R.I.P. Peter B. Lord - 31-Metcalf06_117

Environment reporter Peter Lord died on April 4. I am grateful for the years I worked with him on the Advisory Board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island. I will miss him. His newspaper, the Providence Journal, wrote...

March 30, 2012
A tribute to environmental writer Peter Lord - Metcalf 2007 w Rawson and Lord

My colleague and friend, Peter B. Lord, has been fighting brain cancer. He is only 60 years old and was working full-tilt at the Providence Journal last May when he had his first seizure. Brain tumors are like this. They come out of nowhere, it seems.

Pete deserves a tribute. And I wish I...

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