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Yankee Magazine, March 2017
Trail of Memories - IMG_1173

One bright Monday afternoon, I step onto the Undermountain Trail below Bear Mountain, in northwest Connecticut. I climb east. The trail rolls mostly straight up, but because this is an old hill it feels smooth, with only one fast jog north, up steeper rocks. Traveling on a dirt and...

Politico Magazine, September 11, 2016
How "Little House on the Prairie" Built Modern Conservatism  - Ingalls sisters photo owned by LIWHA

For 84 years, American kids have been growing up with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s inspiring Little House books, reading brave tales of survival on the prairies in the 19th century. The saga tells of a pioneer girl’s itinerant childhood traveling in covered wagons and starting new farms...

Connecticut Woodlands, spring 2016
The Disappeared Sandplains: 95 percent of them are gone - WOODSIDE_closeup sand and rr tracks

I trudge along a barren, sandy field, following a bespectacled, gray-bearded ecologist named Bill Moorhead. He steps carefully in his work boots over dead patches of grass and green-grey lichen. He leans down suddenly, plucks a dead plant out of the sand, and holds it against the worn-green...

Appalachia journal, Winter Spring 2016
Back on the Ramsey Trail: The Boys Are There - with the boys

I first climbed the Ramsey Trail in central New Hampshire with my three big brothers—Bob, Steve, and John—in the mid-1960s, when my family vacationed at a camp on Squam Lake. I followed the boys up this trail that took the direct route up the small but formidable ...

Connecticut Woodlands magazine, Summer 2015
Helen Binney Kitchel - Helen Binney Kitchel 1970s clipping

Champion of nature

A few years ago, Greenwich local history librarian Carl White called Helen Binney Kitchel “the Rachel Carson of Greenwich, Connecticut.” The two women were very different but similar in a basic sense. Both were New England natives who...

Appalachia journal, Summer/Fall 2014
Four Quartets and Eight Legs - WOODSIDE_79_Caratunk ME_scaled

Rituals fortify an Appalachian Trail trek

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...

Next City, September 4, 2014
Will Seattle Be the First U.S. City to Recycle Everything? - Seattle_1990_Wallingford_recycling

It’s dawn on waste-collection day in the hilly Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. Along the curvy streets of this residential peninsula northwest of downtown, three large bins wait outside each house. The green ones hold compost — leftover food and yard clippings. The blue ones...

Wrack Lines, Fall/Winter 2013-2014
Coastal towns adapt to the realities of climate change - scaled.IMG_0111

Not too long ago, a municipal conservation director’s job centered around maps, meetings and the occasional field walk. But these are not normal times. The effects of climate change on the rate of sea-level rise has hit the streets of every coastal town in Connecticut. The Greenwich...

The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media
Guilt, Goals, and Mom - shwom_head_shot2

A unique annual meeting at the Garrison Institute comes to grips — or at least tries to — with the human behavior component of energy use and climate. A key question: What makes people tick?

GARRISON, N.Y. — Early each summer, an unlikely crop of...

May 14, 2013
What Makes Climate Communicator George Marshall Tick? - George Marshall_New_York_0029

Who is George Marshall? And why is he devoting his life to talking about climate change?

NEW YORK, N.Y. — George Marshall, in suit pants and fedora, looks like a distracted businessman, but in fact he’s a missionary in a cultural crusade to get people to talk about climate...

SEJ Journal, Spring 2013
Goal-Setting 101: You Must Lose a Fly to Catch a Trout - IMG_0012


Early in my freelance career, a successful writer giving a talk about his six-figure income reminded me that I am a business owner. Hearing this made me sit up a little straighter and remember the “free” part of freelancing — choosing my work. But of course, with...

Appalachia journal, Winter/Spring 2013

Going up there and being blown on is nothing. We never do much climbing while we are there, but we eat our luncheon, etc., very much as at home. It is after we get home that we really go over the mountain, if ever.
—Henry David Thoreau, in a letter to a friend


Connecticut Woodlands Fall 2012
Father of the Everglades - Coe_sitting_Everglades_HMSF

How did Ernest F. Coe evolve from a New Haven landscaper who cultivated exotic plants for Connecticut’s front yards into the man who fought to preserve South Florida?

On December 6, 1947, President Harry S. Truman stood on a palm-decorated podium in the...

Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, August 9, 2012
A 2012 Lookback at Climate Writings from the 1940s and 1950s - scaled.Carson_PopularSciences_spread

From the perspective of the second decade of this 21st century, the climate literature of the pre- and post-World War II periods provide valuable historical insights: Not the least of which is that climate by then was already finding its way into popular literature.

The “next...

Appalachia journal, Summer/Fall 2012
Who Led the First Ascent of Denali? - scaled.WOODSIDE_Stuck_portrait_10000Milesbook

Hudson Stuck, Archdeacon of the Yukon

For many years, no one knew who he was because of the controversies surrounding the ascent of the highest peak in North America. The missionary who organized and led the first successful climb of Mount McKinley, in June 1913,...

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