Life Commentary

Thoughts and observations on the everyday challenges of what it means to be a human on planet Earth.

Celebrate What’s Right

November 14, 2011

Dewitt Jones is perhaps my favorite nature photographer. It’s not just because his images are spectacular, which they are. It’s more because he brings to his images a deep insight about life, and about how our ways of seeing impact our experience of life. His words are simple, yet they touch me deeply. Each week […]

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On Human Control of Nature

May 14, 2011

On more than one occasion over the years, I’ve written about man’s attempts at controlling nature. Perhaps there’s no better (worse?) example than the decades-long battle being waged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers against the course of the Mississippi River. I got a few snide comments about my early writings, about how I […]

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“It is what it is”

January 24, 2011

“It is what it is.” To some, it’s a brilliant and freeing perspective on life. To others, it’s new-age denial of life’s “obvious difficulty.” To nature, it’s all there is. Nature has been a powerful, in-your-face, yet compassionate, teacher throughout my life. Being fully present in nature allows me to listen clearly to her lessons. […]

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The Charles River

January 7, 2011

As rivers go, the Charles doesn’t count for much. Flowing from Hopkinton to Boston, it’s only 80 miles long – 26 as the crow flies, (or as the runner runs, for it is the same 26 miles as the course of the Boston Marathon). It’s only a few hundred feet across at its widest point, […]

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