Virginia Kids, Illinois Snow

And unseasonably deep and cold Illinois, too. While we've been visiting family this last month, it has been more like December than November. I haven't gotten this much cold and snow all at once since my family left Wisconsin when I was 11. It has been a nice walk down nostalgia lane, and great fun... Continue Reading →

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Urban Nature, Write?

We live in the middle of either a medium-large metro of close to two million people or seven mid-sized cities jammed shoulder to shoulder around the area where the James River empties into the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. It depends who you ask. We've long been a family to enjoy a walk. Being temporarily... Continue Reading →

Bioasis

If you haven't already seen it, the largest grasshopper I have seen in the city in many years is perched on the brown cattail in the foreground. On what the "let's spite the liberals by pooping where we eat" crowd would call a 'hippie-dippy waste of money,' a patch of wetland the size of a... Continue Reading →

Treehugging Is Good For You

I've heard the "treehugger" sneer often enough in my life, and it makes no sense to me. As if valuing the resources and beauty in nature is bad. As if having some housepride in our common home, Earth, and keeping it looking and functioning well is foolish. As if simply not metaphorically pooping where we... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: Meet The Thunder

This is, uh, a thing. A thing I wrote. A thing that's not really a story, thought there's plenty of story suggested before it and around it and after it. And something, after all, happens in it. So it's story-ish. It felt pretty good to write it. It's got a hefty dose of autobiography in... Continue Reading →

Humans Now, Basically

Children (my 2 youngest, 3 and 5) in the shadow of a gnarled ancient of a gum tree, with an electrical substation lurking behind. Kind of a metaphor for our world, isn't it? As a bonus, the yellow vest is a Batman vest and the brown jacket is a print of Chewbacca's torso. Geek life... Continue Reading →

The Luna Moth Has Landed

Me & my two little ones (3&5) came out to grill. This was waiting for us: Just hanging out on the handrail of our front step. Very cool. So Luna is minding her business and we're minding ours. UNTIL... Uh... you shouldn't be there... No, don't go MORE toward my back, what are you thinking...... Continue Reading →

A Happy Future Earth

A little earlier, I wrote about pessimism in science fiction. Seemed like a nice idea to follow that up with an optimistic little story doodle. (Untitled 100 word short-short) The children gasp happily at the view as the shuttle door opens. They set up the picnic on matted needles under a gnarled pine by the... Continue Reading →

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