PLASTIC FREE JULY

Summer trickles into our lives on warm breezes, bringing the rare simplicity and slowness of the season. We visit with friends often, eat more fruit, take the time for an evening beer on the porch, let our minds wander, and embrace the child-like energy that fills the balmy, sweet air. Nature is dressed in her … More PLASTIC FREE JULY

Dear Trader Joe’s

Dear Trader Joe’s, For years your food, creativity, prices, and positivity afforded me the best grocery shopping experience I had known. However, I will not shop at your stores anymore. Please allow me to explain. In honor of World Ocean’s Day on June 8th, my friends and I decided to participate in the Plastic Swear … More Dear Trader Joe’s

LA MAR

In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway writes this of a poor, elderly Cuban fisherman, “He always thought of the sea as ‘la mar’ which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her.” In proper Spanish “the sea” is masculine- “el mar”. Grammar be damned. What a delicate way to … More LA MAR

A Kid for the Wild

I sat criss-cross-applesauce on the hard, tile cafeteria floor of my elementary school and stared, mesmerized by the lanky, bearded man with kind eyes on stage. Walkin’ Jim Stoltz’s voice rang out strong and clear as he sang in his gravelly voice, “Come walk with me.” A chorus of children’s voices melded together to copy … More A Kid for the Wild

A PLASTIC LANDSCAPE

My legs are glued with sweat to the sticky, plastic-covered bus seat, yet I am grateful to have a seat at all. I’m barreling down a bumpy highway in Nicaragua in a retired American school bus. I lean my head a little closer to the window to welcome the fresh air forcing itself inside and … More A PLASTIC LANDSCAPE

The Great Divide

America is an esteemed and noble nation, filled with a splendid variety of unique citizens all sharing a love for this homeland. Yet now, more than ever, there is something bitter in the air of our country that I can’t quite name, but that I am confronted with daily. It comes in on a breeze … More The Great Divide