Downpour

(My dabbling in urban nature writing and poetry continues…) The downpour breaks a hot Friday, Beating the street with a thousand hard stops: The end of a long slice through humid air. The sidewalks surge and the professionals run for cover. Three women in dresses peer from a vestibule. A smartly dressed young man hunkers … More Downpour

Girl with a Trout in a Milk Jug (and Other Lessons from the Great Big Loveliness)

Ahh, spring! Always a season of bloom. And this year, for me, a season of lessons, too. Take last Saturday: when I went out on a group hike in one of the largest concentrations of blooming trilliums in North America; when by lunchtime I found myself so annoyed by my fellow hikers’ superfluous applications of DEET … More Girl with a Trout in a Milk Jug (and Other Lessons from the Great Big Loveliness)

Raindrops on Sage Plants and White Spots on Elk Calves

Friends, as I type these very words, my dear friend Emmy is suffering from a severe condition known as being-a-law-student-during-finals. Just this morning, she wrote me suggesting we both throw in the towel on the East Coast this summer and return to where we became friends: Yellowstone National Park. Because I rather wouldn’t mind escaping … More Raindrops on Sage Plants and White Spots on Elk Calves