Birds | Learning | Nature | Personal Growth | Philosophy

Chickadee Advice

In the golden hour before the dawn the black-capped chickadees talked amongst themselves, adding more and more high-pitched “dee-dee-dee’s” to their song the closer I walk to them. I’m the intruding loner early in the morning and this is their warning to each other. I may live here, but this isn’t my backyard—it’s always belonged…

Culture | Lifestyle | Nature | Travel

Ambient Noise

After a few nights in New York and New Jersey, I returned to New Hampshire to reflect on the differences. I’d hiked in pristine woodland next to gorgeous streams, the kind of stuff you see regularly in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’d stayed in a beautiful resort surrounded by hills. I’d eaten at…

Seasons | Family | Nature | Philosophy | Poetry

April Showers

We are the first double-leaf sprout, two inches out of the ground. We need rain, or we may not grow more than this. — Rumi The rain rolled in right on schedule, really, timed to mask the Aurora Borealis thoroughly and keep my mind from wandering north. Quietly scheming to drop everything and drive as…