Chicago Sounds

Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud       to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning. Carl Sandburg, “Chicago” Each city has its very own set of noises. The streetcars in San Francisco sound different lumbering down the street than the faint sound the Metro emits up … More Chicago Sounds

Annie Dillard’s Nature Writing & Women at Home

“What is important is anyone’s coming awake and discovering a place, finding in full orbit a spinning globe one can lean over, catch, and jump on. What is important is the moment of opening a life and feeling it touch–with an electric hiss and cry–this speckled mineral sphere, our present world.” As a reader and … More Annie Dillard’s Nature Writing & Women at Home

Defining Nature

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836) Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote many reflections on what makes nature, nature. It’s true that when we think of the natural world, roads and skyscrapers don’t come to mind, but mountains, rivers, lakes, ocean, wildlife, vegetation. But, looking out a hotel window downtown … More Defining Nature