In the dark, we are all prey.

Day 12

Recently I spent the evening at the home of some friends who live just down the road. When I go there I typically ride my bike, 0.3 miles, down the dip and up the slight rise and I’m there, I scarcely have to pedal. That evening, when I left, it was well after dark, but […]

Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Wild columbine, Kenai Fjords National Park

I’m home, I made it safely back from Alaska, and even though we did not get to fly in a Disney decorated 737, our planes had smooth sailing, and our flights were easy. I even experimented successfully with lower doses of anti anxiety medication, which meant that when we landed in Boston at 7 am […]

Running the Bold Coast, It’s Worth the Trip

Bold Bold Coast

A few weeks ago, my sister ran a local road half marathon. The weather was perfect, the route spectacular; we overheard people on the course saying things like “Its so beautiful! I’m so glad I’m alive! I’m so happy to be doing this!”—not your typical long distance race comments. I had sort of a funny […]

What are you afraid of?


This spring I’m doing something I haven’t done for a long time, I’m training for a (relatively) long distance running event, several of them in fact. The distance in question is 15 miles, and my plan is to sustain that level of fitness all summer, having started with a half marathon (13.1 miles) in March, […]

Read this book now.


As a writer it’s a rare and unexpected delight to encounter a book you identify so completely with or admire so much that you wish you had written it. The wickedly funny How Animals Have Sex is one such book for me. Carl Safina’s gorgeous The View from Lazy Point is another. Annie Dillard’s  Pilgrim […]