Category Archives: Newsletters

Fall 2017 Equinox Newsletter

Earlier this summer a friend and I called our community’s former mayor to ask him to teach us how to use a “trucker’s knot” to hold down a kayak on top of my second-hand Jeep Cherokee. He’s a retired physician … Continue reading

Spring 2017 Equinox Newsletter

These days, Mother Earth tilts, once again, in near perfect balance during her graceful spin around the sun. Here are some thoughts on living with another kind of balance, hidden in competing realms of formal and informal power. Let’s begin … Continue reading

Winter 2017 Ecotone Newsletter

While visiting our two-year old granddaughter a few days ago in Chicago, she panicked. We were immersed in family tradition, setting up Christmas decorations, when she announced with a shout of sudden dismay, “Baby Jesus is lost!” All six of … Continue reading

Fall 2016 Equinox Newsletter

Years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal, I often observed, during early morning hours, village people sitting quietly in front of their homes, wrapped in blankets, staring into the mist-covered mountains. There was acknowledgment for the gift of … Continue reading

Spring 2016 Equinox Newsletter

This morning, like many of you, I turned a faucet on in our kitchen and welcomed a stream of fresh, clean water. Not so for a majority of our planet’s inhabitants. And not so, catastrophically, for citizens of Flint, Michigan. … Continue reading

Winter 2016 Ecotone Newsletter

“Mukwa” is its Anishinaabe name, buried deep in indigenous language of the Great Lakes Basin. “Black bear” is the English translation. I’ve come to call my two recent encounters with these elusive creatures of the forest “The Visitations.” The first … Continue reading

Fall 2015 Equinox Newsletter

A few weeks ago, four days after the fall equinox, the earth tilting in delicate balance between darkness and light, my wife and I strolled one early evening across a parking lot, returning from a student art show at our … Continue reading

Spring 2015 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute Our brains are changing. Literally. Neural circuits and synapses are adapting to new kinds of input. Marvels of technology are replacing daily newspapers; live-streaming newscasts and Twitter feeds from around the planet now … Continue reading

Winter 2015 Ecotone Newsletter

A defining feature of life in Northern Michigan is the proliferation of cabins (called “camps”) that are found arbitrarily scattered at the end of gravel roads and alongside remote lakes across all 15 counties of our Upper Peninsula. They represent … Continue reading

Fall 2014 Equinox Newsletter

Seasonal Notes from the Cedar Tree Institute Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula is a place of rugged, tragic beauty. Forests and rock-cliffed shorelines point north, like some oversized finger, into the vast expanse of Lake Superior. Once a site for thriving copper … Continue reading