I awoke this morning missing mountains. It seems strange that after a longer outing yesterday that took me up and down nearly 8,000 feet over 100 kilometres of cycling I would miss the mountains, but I think that yesterday’s adventure kindled a sense of self I have missed these past months — the feeling of … Continue reading The dance of self and place
Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, Book I; part 7 The light becomes the afternoon, and we are still snugly swaddled in the chrysaline furze of late September's gloaming-fall—the month always ever perched at the end of one thing and the start of something else, dappled first in flecks of stil de grain and draped in ever … Continue reading Emergent
On our last full day in Svalbard, Orion and I made a wide arc across the ridges east and south of Longyearbyen yesterday, covering the summits of Sukkertoppen, Gruvefjellet, Trollsteinen, and Lars Hiertafjellet, while arcing across the ridge behind the glacier, Larsbreen. The skies were the clearest of our week-long visit here, and the views were … Continue reading Melt: Dispatches from the High Arctic
I'm looking forward to setting off for Austin, Texas on Sunday for a week of SXSWedu talks, meetings, and conversation....not to mention the predicted 75-degree temps! I'll be giving one of the Future 20 talks at 11:30 on Thursday, March 9th about Ecology as a Model for Teaching. Here's the presentation description: Grounded in a pedagogy … Continue reading Ecology and Teaching at SXSW!!
I am honored to have been featured by several news organizations this week. Articles about Climate Run were printed in today's editions of The Times Argus Newspaper and the Caledonian Record. Earlier this week, Vermont Biz, VT Digger, and USA Running all posted articles about the 2017 Arctic Trail Run. In the Caledonian Record, I was … Continue reading In all things
I love it when synergy happens. And in my world, it seems to happen all the time. Like this, for example -- I've proposed a workshop for the SXSWedu Conference and Festival next March that integrates my love of teaching, ecology, design, systems, and of course running! The talk will "outline the essential methods and tools … Continue reading Ecology as a Model for Teaching
I am reading two things at the moment: Donella Meadows’ “Dancing with Systems" and Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Letter, “On Care For Our Common Home.” Disparate as these texts are—the first a reflection on decades of work with ecological systems by perhaps our leading evangelist of systems thinking, published in the year of her death, 2001--and the second, … Continue reading Everyday Ecology
We've finally arrived in Iceland and settled into an Airbnb apartment in Seltjarnarnes, a few minutes from the city center. It already seems as though we've been gone from Vermont for many weeks, although it's only been just nine days of travel, training, work, and food (!) in Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. A tour of Scandinavia … Continue reading Dispatches from Iceland #1: We are an expression of forces