Walking in the World

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Around the turn of the century (or the millennium, if you prefer), I began hiking in a semi-serious way, including overnights, on a part of the Appalachian Trail that rambles from eastern New York through Connecticut to southern Massachusetts. The walking itself was calming and invigorating and reminded me of all the walking I had done over many years in my hometown of New York City – because I often paid less attention to where I was going, and more to where I was stepping. Continue reading

Doing Dishes, While Living Life

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A Summer Tanager – one possibility for the glorious streak of red I saw in my backyard, while I was supposed to be preparing for autumn classes.

It would be nice if life brought to us challenges in neat packages: “Deal with this, and when you’re done I’ll bring you something new to test out.” Our school days are organized along these lines.

But the events and issues on our timelines overlap and circle around and sometimes travel against time and double up and triple up and overwhelm us and trip us up when they can. We do what we can, as we are able, using our skills for parsing catastrophe, and calling on the resources we recognize in the midst of all the chaos. Continue reading

Cruise Night

So much has been happening recently – in the world, in my communities, in my family, in my life – that I have had little time to take a breath.

My best friends and my family keep telling me I should take breathers.

OK, here is a breather – no battles, no wars, just half a dozen photos I shot on a sunny day in northern Middlesex County, Connecticut.

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