Category Archives: Musings

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…

Breaking out of stereotypes requires releasing a lot of baggage, doesn’t it? This is an essay questioning stereotypes, belonging, pride, emotion, and socioeconomic standing. The question is how to reshuffle group belonging, or to represent from all groups and to help those who feel they don’t belong to feel as though they do. This text questions…

The weight of the world  (considering the construct of anthropogenic landscape features compared to those of natural sources, i.e., the topic of people and nature.) [circa May 2010] Life’s toll isn’t often outwardly expressed in most people. It cannot be found in someone’s pockets, nor their shoulder bags. Faces can be masks, and words equally meaningless….