MEMORIAL DAY IN THE SHALE FIELDS Families gather at the cemetery of the first Memorial Day to honor fallen soldiers. The carnival’s din white noise in the background. The Governor recollects the Preamble’s invocation, our more perfect union, America’s freedom, her might, the first woman to have lain an offering at the soldiers’ graves. On … More MEMORIAL DAY IN THE SHALE FIELDS (Revision of Memorial Day)
Memorial Day Families gather at the cemetery to honor fallen soldiers as the Governor recollects the Preamble’s invocation of a more perfect union, America’s freedom and her might. Out there in the periphery, the place my effete neighbors call Nowhere or Hicksville a child shudders in her mothers’ arms, nose bleeding and head pounding with … More Memorial Day
Today, I’ll be giving a Lightning Talk with Dr. Paul Shrivastava* at Penn State’s Energy Days. Our talk is on Energy Transition. My remarks are below. My name’s Peter Buckland and I’m the chair of the Ferguson Township board of supervisors. Ferguson Township is just a couple of miles to our west here, population of … More FERGUSON TOWNSHIP’S COMMITMENT TO ACT ON THE MORAL DUTY TO DO ENERGY SO MUCH BETTER
Today, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book released the video of Poems from Life, a celebration of the lives of men and women living at Juniper Village. Juniper is a senior living center near State College, Pennsylvania. For the second year, staff at the Pennsylvania’s Center for the Book worked with Juniper to partner poets … More Poems from Life and “A Man Who Came Home”: Videos of our readings
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE STORM? The moisture accretes. In the air static charges build as the storm gathers its certainty, trekking across the prairies. The pothole ponds’ skyward mouths prepare to drink. The sky discolors, and the bellows suck and blow, forcing the flags to flap akimbo. Calamity reigns hail and rain, pelting the roof … More WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE STORM?
HOW DO WE WEATHER A STORM? The moisture accretes in the air static charges build as the storm gathers its rage, trekking across the prairies the pothole ponds’ skyward mouths prepare to drink. The storm discolors the sky, its bellows sucking and blowing, flags flap akimbo. Calamity reigns hail and rain, pelting your roof at … More How do we weather a storm? V. 1
In 2014, I co-organized a Memorial Day protest against former Governor Tom Corbett’s opening of state parks to the natural gas industry. I wrote this piece for a conference I attended the following fall as a reflection on environmental protest as a form of public moral education. It’s wonky at points, but heartfelt nonetheless. Given … More Reflecting on our decision to protest Tom Corbett’s fracking moves on Memorial Day 2014