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Restoring a fishery, one click at a time

I work at Maine Maritime Academy, where my students and I are known (somewhat affectionately, some what derisively) as “fish counters”. To the deckies and engineers that make up the majority of the student body, studying the workings of the ocean and all the fish (and other living creatures) in it amounts to just counting […]

How to run 20 miles

I’m back. At least, I think I am. It has been a rough seven months for me, but I am ready to start thinking about things other than national politics. Ready to stop just going through the motions of paying attention to the world immediately around me, ready to actually tune into my all too […]

Blizzard redux

This is a repost from January of 2015, the winter we had tons and tons of snow. The blizzard today brings up memories of reading Little House on the Prairie and imagining with wonder what Laura’s life was like when the wind was howling and her parents were out in the storm. Extreme weather brings […]

Why I March

It’s been a while since this blog has seen any action. The last post was right before the election, and you know how that turned out. The months since have been spent reflecting on what’s going on in our country, anticipating the work ahead, and just being human, doing stuff like going to work, keeping […]

Pinnacles to pursue and votes to cast

I’ve been lucky this fall to spend a good amount of time in the mountains with some most excellent women—new friends and old. In October I joined my friend Nicole and her friend Claire to complete the Pinnacle Pursuit, a hiking challenge sponsored by the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, designed to bring people […]

This summer I went swimming

I think I’ve mentioned before here that I sometimes struggle with seasonal transitions, especially when they are accompanied by major life transitions, like the end of the school year. Being catapulted out of the rhythm and routine of the semester just when the natural world is exploding with life sounds perfect but in reality isn’t. […]

Running with Strangers

It’s hard to talk about my personal experience running with all the chaos that is going on in the world right now. Divisive nasty politics, the eruption of racial violence, and mass shootings here at home, more insidious violence in both the sadly “normal” hot spots (Syria, Afgahnistan, Iraq) and places we think of as […]

Circles, Loops and Wheels

I am doing my best to keep Luna the cat in today. All around the landscape is bursting with life, including the season’s first broods, young birds preparing to take a leap of faith (in the legacy of evolutionary adaptation) and fledge from the nest. On the ground, flapping their wings, learning the coordination of […]