Are we falling or flying?

white trillium

The morning of our last day in Iceland, our bags were packed and sitting by the end of the bed, travel clothes piled carefully on top. My husband turned on his phone and I heard him exhale and darkly scoff. It got my attention and when I asked him what was going on he told […]

To Galway, with love

I walked by this sign every day on my way to school.

It never ceases to amaze me, the way a physical sensation can trigger a memory etched into your brain and transport you through space and time to the other side of the world. A certain set of conditions, this light, that breeze, the way the air hits your face, a sweet smell off the ocean; […]

Gerbil time.

The dreaded cardio machine.

A friend preparing for an ultra marathon recently lamented her plight online. She needed to get in a 24 mile training run, but there was a wind chill warning, and the roads were treacherous for runners and drivers alike after yet another round of snow. Running inside on a treadmill was unacceptable, “Treadmills are for […]

Celebrate Fiercely


Green designer and architect (and author of the seminal Cradle to Cradle) William McDonough once said “It’s not about survival of the fittest.  It’s about those who celebrate the most being the evolutionary winners.  Nature is all about fierce celebration.” Celebrate fiercely. Those words are on my mind today as I watch the snow come […]

Everything I know about Blizzards I learned from Little House on the Prairie

Ma makes it back to the house from doing the chores, Illustration by Garth Williams from On the Banks of Plum Creek.

With the winds howling and shaking the house and today’s blizzard looming large on everyone’s consciousness, I started thinking about winter storms and blizzards in particular and our human response to what nature can dish out. Like many children of the 70’s, I grew up reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie […]