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November 15, 2011
Most Significant: How Long They Stayed - 1024px-Occupy_Wall_Street_Day_7_September_23_2011_Shankbone_3

What amazes me the most about the Occupy Wall Street protest is how long the city allowed it to go on peacefully. I guess I was cynical, believing that any day from September 16 on, the police would move in on Zuccotti Park, dispersing the camped protesters. But as the weeks dragged on, and the...

October 23, 2011
Top strange facts learned in Miami - Wading_IMG_7596

Low water flows—from Everglades National Park interpretor Alan Scott:

Water flow in the Everglades is only one-sixth what it used to be 100 years ago.

Development has halted water flow south of the gigantic Lake Okeechobee, which is supposed to feed the...

October 8, 2011
Rest stops close and cars clog mountain lots - scaled.MassPike closed rest stop

I drove up to New Hampshire's White Mountains on Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. At the Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center in Crawford Notch, I gave a talk about why the trails in the Whites tend to go straight up the mountains. On the drive up I stopped at the rest stop in...

Nipmuck Trail Marathon - NIPMUCK Chris aid station

This shows me near the Nipmuck Trail crossing in Ashford, Connecticut, working at an aid station for runners. The race was the Nip Muck Marathon, as they call it. Inspiring as always. I did not get onto the trails as much as I normally do this year. But that will change. I'll be wearing the...

Flannery O’Connor had to “write to discover what I am doing. Like the old lady, I don’t know so well what I think until I see what I say; then I have to say it over again.”

I have little in common with Flannery, much as I’d like to, except this requirement to...

R.I.P., Bill Hamilton - scaled.Bill H at Stone Pond in 2009

Early on Sept. 16, a great man, R. W. "Bill" Hamilton, died with little warning. Bill was a stalwart friend incapable of dull thoughts or actions. He believed in God and country, hard work and creativity. More than once he told me—in not these words—to stop whining and get...

August 25, 2011
Makeup doesn't matter - Eleanor Roosevelt

I think that many women spend too much time and money on makeup and clothes. I think many of them would look better without the fuss. I acknowledge my view isn't typical, but consider the public discussion going on now.

Today's New York Times discusses...

January 1, 2013
Happy 2013 - HermitLake_after_CPR

Wishing you a year of honest, productive work. 

August 22, 2011
My talk on straight-up trails - Loon PC Hiking in the Whites

This was a very nice night. I plan to give this talk other places too.

August 19, 2011
Citizen heroes in Berlin, NH - Berlin, NH

Until two nights ago I knew very little about Berlin, New Hampshire. I knew that paper mills built the city and that the demise of the paper industry in the Northeast almost killed it. I knew it's a small city in the northern reaches of the White Mountains that struggles for an economic base...

August 6, 2011
Straight up trails in NH and CT - scaled.Eagle Cliff with Annie

This has been a whirlwind week, tacked on to a month of endless work and family events. The latest is:

Our daughter, Elizabeth, who graduated from college in May, got a job as a research assistant at Yale-New Haven Hospital. This made me think of my own first summer on my own, 30 years...

July 27, 2011
Buy food from farmers - hayhouse-web-project

Supermarkets sell fruit and vegetables mostly from far-off lands. It's summer now in North America. Farmers near your house sell produce that, a few hours before, trembled on the vines. When I was a child, my mother and I drove out to farm stands in New Jersey and bought delicious produce....

July 24, 2011
Wilds of My Home State - Appalachia_cover_NJ

The new issue of Appalachia journal visits New Jersey's lowlands, where I grew up from age 4 to 18, and where my father's...

July 12, 2011
Couch potatoes blame potatoes - Get This potato photo lisibo flickr

A new study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine linked potatoes to longterm weight gain. But it also said other things. The journalists' reports of the study focus on the potatoes. It is true that the study team certified a slightly stronger link between potatoes and...

July 4, 2011
Four Miles Not Beers - scaled.Beer after race

The Chester Rotary Club's annual Four on the Fourth road race pushes hundreds of athletes, neighbors, and visitors to run some of the steeper hills found in the lower Connecticut River Valley. This friendly town is the home of my freelance writing office for the past decade-plus, and the...

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