Category Archives: Nature

Pagan Winter Solstice

This coming Saturday will be the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. On December 21st I will wake at dawn and climb onto the roof of the Fort Green Observatory to bathe in the distant sun’s light. The frost on my skin will the only human sacrifice within sight. After 30 seconds I […]

The Source Of The Gowanus Canal

The native Lenape Indian tribe had fished and hunted the Gowanus Creek since the Ice Age. Gowanus Creek was first explored by Henry Hudson and Giovanni da Verrazzano. The Dutch bought the land to raise tobacco and later built a grist mill to process wheat and corn. The Dutch also harvested oysters by the billions. […]

The Last Christmas Tree

After Thanksgiving Christmas trees crowd the sidewalks of New York. On the corner of Fulton and St. Felix Streets the holiday franchise has been run by Laurent and Amy, who have transported evergreens from the northern forest of Quebec for the last six seasons. We spoke in French with their accent a provincial Quebecois and […]

Going Up Country – Thai Style

Back in the 60s Canned Heat had a small hit GOING UP COUNTRY. “Going up country, baby, do you want to come along?” After Altamont longhairs abandoned the rip-offs, bummers, and downers of the big cities to establish Aquarian communes in the hinterland offering free love, organic food, and reefer to establish a democracy on […]

7 Billion More or Less

The population of the planet in 1952 was approximately 2.635 billion people. I was born in May that year. I will be 63 in two months. Several years ago UN announced that humanity has reached seven billion people faster than predicted by the most Malthusian experts on growth. The death rate of 150,000 people each […]