Category: Sense of Place

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...

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...

Safeguarding Favorite Places–from Ourselves

Safeguarding Favorite Places–from Ourselves

Biking Mount Desert Island’s Park Loop Road over Memorial Day weekend, Friends of Acadia Conservation Director Stephanie Clement witnessed vehicular chaos. She has seen a lot in Acadia National Park over two decades but...

No Place Offers an “Escape” from Climate Change

No Place Offers an “Escape” from Climate Change

“The man who is often thinking that it is better to be somewhere else than where he is,” Henry David Thoreau wrote, “excommunicates himself.” The same might be said for those who ask, as...

Grieving Big Changes along Maine’s Shore

Grieving Big Changes along Maine’s Shore

I walk the shore in a place I have known longer than memory stretches. There are wide expanses of rugged beach, a tide-tumbled assortment of small rocks, sand and crushed shells. From afar, it...

An Apple Proposition

An Apple Proposition

“Pick your way through these piles of colorful orbs… and you will get a sense of the many things an apple can be, the many roles it can play in our lives. If there...

Envisioning a Changed World through Art

Envisioning a Changed World through Art

 “I sing now like the North American brown thrasher who at one point in its song orchestrates four different notes: one grieves, another frets, a third prays, but a fourth celebrates.” Greg Delanty, “The...

In Awe of the Moon

In Awe of the Moon

“It occurred to me that if this were a sight that could be seen only once in a century or even once in a human generation, this little headland would be thronged with spectators....