Category Archive: nature

Steampunk fairyland: Through the door at Brookline’s new Corey Hill Park

This past Saturday was a perfect fall day here in New England. That afternoon, I rode my bike to the bottom of Summit Ave. and parked at the corner of Beacon Street in… Continue reading

Day 4: The Way to Arzùa

Is it me, or is my backpack getting lighter? I like entering towns on foot instead of by car or train. It’s a unique experience for the typical 21st century traveler. We walked… Continue reading

Day 3: Melide and the Pilgrim Way

It’s not easy being a pilgrim. Still, I keep thinking about how arduous the Camino must have been for pilgrims hundreds of years ago, before hotels, cafes, pharmacies and gift shops. Today’s way… Continue reading

Day 1, Part 2: Las Caministas

The first day of our “family Camino” took us from Sarria to Portomarìn, a little under 20 km – not a killer, but it got hot for New Englanders/New Yorkers in October. We… Continue reading

swimming in the Charles River

My quality of life totally skyrocketed over this past weekend. That’s because I did something I never thought possible. I swam in Boston’s Charles River. Yes, it was intentional. Yes, it’s perfectly legal.… Continue reading

the ancient guardians of Longwood Mall

Trees, especially enormous old ones, make us feel small—in a good way. Majestic trees put the brevity of life, and the ultimate frivolity of much of our decision-making, in perspective. Remember Shel Silverstein’s… Continue reading

wesley the owl

I’m fascinated by the science of animal cognition. There is growing evidence that animals of all types may have emotions and can communicate their thoughts with each other, and with us. Pet owners… Continue reading

the art & science of healing the planet: geotherapy and Mara G. Haseltine

When something you love is dying, only the most dramatic action will do. Mara G. Haseltine, an artist and environmental activist, is in love with our oceans and is doing everything she can… Continue reading

on art and mangroves

If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning (first post was way back in November 2010, eons ago in internet time) you may recall that I have a thing for tiny houses.… Continue reading