Category Archives: Musings

Anthills, NYC, on individuality and the collective whole

You are a kid who just discovered the biggest anthill in North America. You peer at it, in amazement, wandering around it while trying to avoid stepping on the interstates of ants quickly streaming to-and-from the mound and into the forest. Metaphorically at this point, you are able to break it open, not fully sure…

Seeing nature, America defined

America is defined differently on the East Coast. In the Midwest, it is about a peaceful quiet, simple beauty, nature clean enough to dip summer toes into blue sparkling water, and sunshine along gently rolling corn fields with country highways. The area of forest patches increases with latitude, home to wildlife, brilliant spring ephemerals and…

Art to a nature scientist

I. Gray weather The Met, room 823. He thought little points and blobs of paint on a canvas was a good proxy to “transcribe most exactly the vivid outdoor clarity in all its nuances,” they call it divisionism and we do it in science all the time, and from afar he does convey that nature was…

A set scene in the past: topics of spring; health and environmental toxicity; rural life; poverty

This post combines a set scene of daily life from a rural town (Chassell, Michigan, during the economic recession of the early 2000’s) to underlying topics in health and environmental toxicity. Spring and natural beauty can be contrasted to poverty, in terms of social impacts, and environmental toxicity from legacies of past mining booms. Sufjan…

I’m Someone else is “just saying”. I’m just sharing &/or advising, quickly. One small step, one giant leap, it’s a work in process not to be solved in one generation: Dramatic Improvements and Persistent Challenges for Women Ecologists (2012) Networks matter the most for support and success: Beyond Traditional Scientific Training: The Importance of Community and Empowerment for…