Snowshoe

I was an active child spending as many waking hours out of doors as I could. I played with my brother, I played with my friends, I played with kids I didn’t even know. “Chip up” football and baseball games on the field next to our house on West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield where they […]

Acupuncture, Martin Sheen and the Rosary

As I completed my income taxes over the weekend – not convinced that I should have after recently re-reading Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau – I noted that one can claim acupuncture fees as a medical deduction. I reflected on the successful acupuncture sessions I completed with Dr. Liu at Sunshine Acupuncture in River […]

Sunrise

“There is a rumor of total welcome among the frosts of the winter morning.” So writes American poet Mary Oliver in her “Wordsworth’s Mountain” essay that appears in Upstream, Ms. Oliver’s 2016 collection of essays that reflect her willingness to lose herself in the beauties and mysteries of the natural world. I chanced to read […]

America Needs a Statesman

I cannot ignore the impending catastrophe our bipartisan political system has placed in our path. It is more crippling and unavoidable than any physical wall anyone could ever build…. Yesterday, I read a thought-provoking OpEd that appears in “The Atlantic” magazine, “The Suicide of a Great Democracy” by staff writer George Packer. I would have […]

Snowman

The major snow events of winter to date have passed north.  While a thin layer of snow covers the ground it is far too shallow for us to break out the snowshoes.  It has been cold and Afton Alps across the river in Minnesota and Trollhaugen 40 miles north of River Falls have been making […]

Earth Rise

On Christmas Eve 1968, the crew of the Apollo 8 spacecraft took this picture – known as “Earth Rise” – while orbiting the moon.  During the mission, the crew read the first 10 verses from the book of Genesis over a live television broadcast. When Commander Frank Borman signed off, he said: “We close with […]