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Where is Your Home?

Land conservationists have long spoken about the importance of person’s sense of place. Place is more than where we live or where we stand, it is where we connect. Place once determined the way of life for every American Indian, since they were taught …

Ten Routine Messages I Refuse to Accept

Daily life in America: what’s it like for you? When I tune out the noise and answer honestly, I realize that my days are praiseworthy. I am fortunate enough to have escaped poverty, violence, and ill health, and so I have peace, love, and happiness. I …

You Gotta’ Read This Book

It’s only been a week since I borrowed a copy from my library, and I’m already getting sick of hearing myself say it.
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Teacher: “The kids are acting so tribal these days.”

Me: “You gotta’ read this book.”
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Observer: “I can’t under…

Tuned In or Tuned Out?

I have written nothing, because what I want to say is just too large, too intense, too heavy. Where do I start? How do I arrange my points? What is my point exactly? The only thing prolific about the material I’m producing right now is the writer’s gui…

Stand Up Straight

Just watch a cable television station long enough to catch a few commercial breaks and you’ll be wondering how we ever got along without medications, surgeries, fitness equipment, or weight loss pills. In response, I’m recycling the following post from…

United in Independence

The Fourth of July: Our nation’s prime summertime holiday. We may choose to celebrate with a vibrant parade, picnic, or fireworks display, or we can observe while quietly sitting on the beach, hanging in the air conditioning, or reading under a tree, a…

They’re Here: Spotted Lanternflies Hatching

Last summer I considered myself lucky. I had been spared the experience of living inside a swarm of the latest (and possibly greatest) pest problem to fly into my region of Pennsylvania. I found something this week, however, that proved my luck has end…