Category Archives: Nature

Hello It’s Me

The train tracks from Boston to New York were laid through the western pine barrens of Rhode Island in the 19th Century. The pine forests grow on deep sand deposits left over from the glacial melting of the Ice Age. This desolate region has resisted civilization, however on a winter afternoon in 1979 I was […]

THE EVERGLADES: RIVER OF GRASS by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The Everglades: River of Grass by Marjory Stoneman Douglas was published the same year as the formal opening of Everglades National Park. Her writing began as a small article on the Miami River. “About an inch long,” she supposedly said of the piece. Her book The River of Grass covered the historical and natural aspects […]

The Last Christmas Tree

After Thanksgiving Christmas trees crowded the sidewalks of New York. On the corner of Fulton and St. Felix Streets the holiday franchise was run by Laurent and Amy, who have transported evergreens from the northern forest of Quebec. We spoke in French with their accent a provincial Quebecois and my r-less speech betraying my Boston […]

Pagan Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice. The shortest day of the year. This morning I woke at dawn and climbed to the top of the Fort Greene Park and bathed in the distant sun’s light. The frost on my skin will the only human sacrifice within sight. After 30 seconds I retreated back to my bed […]

THE END OF RICE by Peter Nolan Smith

Thailand has many superstitions. One concerns rice. Never joke while eating or else a ghost will steal your rice. The ghosts will have to wait, for this is the beginning of the rainy season and throughout the Kingdom aging farmers are planting rice. The current price for jasmine rice per tonne from the wholesalers is […]