Heartwood & J. Harlan’s art at the Art Alliance in State College

Go down to the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania in State College! They’re exhibiting illustrations by J. Harlan Ritchey including the front piece on my book, Heartwood, published by Mt. Nittany Press, an imprint of Eifrig Publishing. Heartwood considers what it means to be human in the Anthropocene—the age of humans. By rapidly reconstituting the atmosphere, … More Heartwood & J. Harlan’s art at the Art Alliance in State College

Irma and Harvey came at two and a half minutes to midnight.

On September 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy spoke at Rice University in Houston. He said that the people there were gathered “at an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance,” and by the end of the decade, we would land a man on … More Irma and Harvey came at two and a half minutes to midnight.

Prometheus & Pandora meet Irma & Harvey. Been thinking about 5th grade science class.

I’m thinking about my son Sacha’s schooling, Prometheus & Pandora this morning. Pardon my stream of consciousness. Sacha is taking a class called Science World. It’s really cool. What’s in the news at school’s start? Four hurricanes, two of them breaking records for rainfall & wind speed. Wildfires across the western US & fires in … More Prometheus & Pandora meet Irma & Harvey. Been thinking about 5th grade science class.

The climate is a concert and you have a part to play.

I was recently interviewed for the Analogous podcast. We talk about local government, sustainability, and how the climate is a concert. What do we want the music to be? Right now it’s being written by the fossil fuel companies and the merchants of doubt. It doesn’t have to be that way. We also explore sustainability … More The climate is a concert and you have a part to play.

American common sense and courage in the face of climate change

“But there is a part of me–call it naive, if you like–that can’t help but believe that somewhere out there in America, all but drowned out by the din, is a native strain of reason that could be cultivated, a peculiarly American kind of common sense and courage that would give us the strength to … More American common sense and courage in the face of climate change

632 HEMLOCK GROVE

632 HEMLOCK GROVE One hundred windows stare framed by false shutters from the pressed townhome rows. They’re stacked on parched clay. Dust blows through pine boughs on a lone hemlock’s roots. A robin’s egg cracks, spills thick hope on the ferns. Thousands of the sun’s children were felled here in hours, made way for a … More 632 HEMLOCK GROVE

What is education for on a planet where these are our realities?

What is our role on this planet we have changed so much? If today is a typical day on planet Earth, I estimate we will lose 77 square miles of rainfores, or about two-thirds of an acre per second. We will lose another 126 square miles to encroaching deserts according to the UNCCD, as a result … More What is education for on a planet where these are our realities?