Author: Marina Schauffler

Watching the Climate Change

Watching the Climate Change

“We have only just begun to feel the repercussions of climate change: we are today in a position likely to be envied by future generations.” – Cornelia F. Mutel, A Sugar Creek Chronicle The...

Supporting Renewable Power

Supporting Renewable Power

Two-thirds of Americans want to “prioritize clean energy sources,” the Pew Research Center reports. But for energy consumers, deciphering the jargon of electricity generation can be disempowering. The federal Department of Energy website used...

Reining in Social Media

Reining in Social Media

Christmas came and went, and my youngest child did not get the one gift he most wanted. Despite his disappointment about not yet owning a smartphone, I don’t feel bad – not after reading...

Shedding Stuff

Shedding Stuff

The bitter winds of January blow in, bringing guilt over seasonal excesses and resolve to show greater restraint. It’s an apt time to consider the advice of a self-described “personal trainer for your stuff,”...

Seeing Trees Whole

Seeing Trees Whole

“If you could spend, as I did, the sweeter part of four good years in that forest, scanning a sea of treetops for a twist of smoke, walking beneath that canopy of leaves in...

The Cost of Cars

The Cost of Cars

Many millennials show little enthusiasm for cars and driving, but for “Gen Z” – those born from 2000 on – the jury is still out. Well, not entirely; one member of that generation –...

Costs of Narcissism

Costs of Narcissism

“Let me tell you, the one that matters is me. I’m the only one that matters.” – Donald Trump, November 2017 The problem with being Trump is the same thing that explains the enormous...

Smell the Coffee!

Smell the Coffee!

With all due respect to poet William Carlos Williams, so much depends not on a “red wheelbarrow glazed with rain water” but on a steaming mug of coffee. There may be metaphoric value in...