Home / Environment



A Spring Ritual

In recent past posts, I’ve reflected upon nature and the arrival of spring. This season of renewal has captured my private thoughts as well. The physical, imaginative, and spiritual worlds seem refreshed and expectant. 

Bronx River

Oases in the City: Looking to One Future

While deep in my research at the New York Public Library on a undisclosed topic, I recently came across the 1923 edition of New York Walk Book, a hiking guide for the metropolitan area. The book provides itineraries, guides, and maps for both urban flaneurs and nature lovers.  This wonderful volume inflamed my imagination.

A Walk in the Woods

This past December, I shared a few days with my family in my hometown in Western New York state. Although city life lured me away nearly two decades ago, I still miss the natural beauty of this particular corner of the Empire State. I suspect that I always will.

A group shot of the inaugural Ignite speakers--including me-at New Jersey Future's Redevelopment Forum 2018. March 9, 2018, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Ignite! Redevelopment Forum 2018

On March 9, 2018, New Jersey Future invited me to speak about artists, cities, and gentrification at their inaugural Ignite series as part of their annual Redevelopment Forum in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

My Introduction to Permaculture

This past week, I attended a lecture on permaculture by Andrew Faust at the Brooklyn Brainery. Before I write about permaculture, indulge me as I describe the Brooklyn Brainery. The Brainery is a fascinating place. Most nights, and sometimes twice per night, the Brainery offers classes and lectures for a low cost. The subjects range…