“Only the Ancestors Bring Fire” on the Short Edition

My story, “Only the Ancestors Bring Fire” is available on The Short Edition. They love sharing short stories and have provided a platform online for doing just that. The story: A few years ago, I was mountain biking on Tussey Trail with my friend Paul. We scrabbled over the rocks of the portion we call the Extension … More “Only the Ancestors Bring Fire” on the Short Edition

“Vespers” and “Memorial Day” in The Watershed Journal

Two of my poems are featured in the Spring 2019 edition of The Watershed Journal. They’ve assembled submissions by writers from northwestern Pennsylvania. All of our pieces celebrate our place in northern Appalachia, some with folk wisdom like “Today” by Greg Clary and others with a nice convoluted wit like “Wait Not” by Byron Hoot. My poem … More “Vespers” and “Memorial Day” in The Watershed Journal

Community safety, people’s rights, and climate optimism: My legacy of service in Ferguson Township

As I’m getting ready to step down at the end of June, I will be reflecting on my three+ years on the Ferguson Township Board. I’ll start with accomplishments that I have spurred or been truly honored to be a part of. While I’ve initiated some of these, they all required work from the other board members, our (awesome) staff, and citizen volunteers. We have… … More Community safety, people’s rights, and climate optimism: My legacy of service in Ferguson Township

Pennsylvania’s local governments can go solar…together

Local governments can go solar together. That’s what we are trying to do here in the middle of Pennsylvania. It’s environmentally sound and makes sound financial sense. It’s just common sense at this point. A couple of years ago Penn State (where I work but don’t speak for) received an unsolicited bid for a solar … More Pennsylvania’s local governments can go solar…together

Our statement to the Auditor General on the Climate Crisis

Today, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale held his first public hearing on the climate crisis. He has stated that Pennsylvania faces grave flooding risks among other problems and that we cannot rely on Washington to tackle the problem. If you didn’t know, last year the Centre Region where I live had record precipitation at about 64″. … More Our statement to the Auditor General on the Climate Crisis

Research from South Africa shows that when we are in the forest, the forest is in us. That’s a good thing.

“Nature helps you to easily understand what’s bothering you and how to deal with it. It also helps to fill the void in your heart and helps when you feel lonely.” New research on the townships of South Africa shows something the wise and little children know: that people find “peace, calm, and perspective while … More Research from South Africa shows that when we are in the forest, the forest is in us. That’s a good thing.