I re-stack folders on my desk, and a little spider jumps out. He scuttles up the nearest wall and stops as if to catch his breath and complain, “Man, you scared me.” This fellow about the size of my pinky […]

Benefits of Living with a House ...


Deforestation rates have doubled in the Amazon rainforest. Brazil's far-right president has embraced the destruction of this precious environmental resource in favor of increased commercial development. Meanwhile, the indigenous people who populate the forest remain largely voiceless and victimized. That […]

Guardians of the Amazon


  The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) is seeking proposals to host its Eighteenth Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy in summer of 2021. For many years, annual summer meetings of the ISEE convened in Allenspark, CO, while most recently […]

Call for Proposals to Host the ...



I’ve never liked doctors’ waiting rooms, especially when I’m scared. One day I was waiting in a doctor’s office in Manhattan to have my eardrum pierced, and the receptionist told me the doctor couldn’t use anesthetic. His assistant would have […]

Being Seen


Ed. note: I recently attended a monarch festival at the South Shore Cultural Center, where I got to hear a dynamic mother-daughter duo speak to the value of this special place on the South Side of Chicago. I asked if […]

Living Chicago


Over 9 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since 1950. Where has it all gone? In the illuminating documentary The Plastic Problem, the PBS NewsHour explores the scourge of plastic remnants in our oceans and lakes, their points […]

The Plastic Problem