Adelheid Fischer: Walking the Darkness Home

Fischer considers what nature offers in the face of grief @ Design Observer. On August 6, 1905, Louie Muir, wife of the great conservationist John Muir, died of complications due to cancer. They had been married 24 years. Muir was devastated. Among those who sent condolences was President Theodore Roosevelt, who, just a few years… Read more »

Nell Boeschenstein: Habitat for Humanity

Boeschenstein on cabin porn and the lure of the woods @ The Morning News. If you’ve ever left your hometown only to return, once or twice, or several times, chances are you’re familiar with the question, “What are you doing back?” As if being in your own town is akin to buying real estate on… Read more »

Scott Russell Sanders: Buckeye

Sanders reflects on the beauty and poison of nature @ Terrain. Years after my father’s heart quit, I keep in a wooden box on my desk the two buckeyes that were in his pocket when he died. Once the size of plums, the brown seeds are shriveled now, hollow, hard as pebbles, yet they still… Read more »

Eva Holland on Ferries and the Last Frontier

Holland travels the old water routes of southeast Alaska in a four part series of essays @ WorldHum. Skagway in winter is eerily quiet. On Broadway the store windows are papered over, and the wooden boardwalks, frozen solid, creak and crack and pop under the rare pedestrian’s weight. The bright painted facades of the town’s… Read more »

Our Winter Ourselves

Andrew Taggart explores the meanings a season can give us in his review of Winter: Five Windows on the Season by Adam Gopnik. Last winter in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg forgot his shovels. The subways stopped, the children reveled, and the grownups got especially good at kvetching in unison. This was winter, we thought. But the… Read more »