Category: Sense of Place

Sharing a Sense of Wonder

Sharing a Sense of Wonder

With all its fits and starts – unexpected April snows and fierce Nor’easters, spring has finally sprung. For southerly locales, the March equinox may herald the season’s arrival. But here, at least this year,...

A Climate to Thrive

A Climate to Thrive

Mount Desert Island is a long way from the corridors of power, and what’s happening in Augusta and Washington holds scant promise of fostering a healthier environment or economy. So a growing number of...

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...

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...