At first Jacob Illich admired these Americans their casualness, and considered it a sweet nativity. Then he became bored. And then resentful.
These are hard times. In the United States, and around the world, people are turning toward their darker selves, shoring up their own walls—metaphorical and real. In the United States and around the world, people are letting themselves be guided by fear. As a result, people are becoming more extreme… Read More
In the act of preserving land for the future, we have often neglected the future of people who considered those lands not just home, but hunting and burial ground, garden and god Hopi dancer outside Hopi House, Grand Canyon South Rim, 9/2015 In the Grand Canyon I hike down to… Read More
As the standoff in the Oregon desert draws close to a very American end—a barricade, a shoot out, one dead cowboy, several arrests—the conflict over western lands is far from over. During the first week of the three-and-a-half week standoff, things were fairly amicable between the militants and local authorities…. Read More
Highly Toxic Uranium Mine in Cameron, AZ (New York Times 3/31/12) On Sunday, I had the opportunity to go for a walk with my friend Jeff who lives on the Navajo Reservation. His home, an Airstream parked across from the Cameron Trading Post, sits near the Little Colorado River in… Read More
Did you watch that Elephant? It is the happiest animal on planet Earth, except for me – yesterday – hiking into the Grand Canyon with Ranger Kristi Rugg, or as I think of her – Wiki – as in Wikipedia. Her knowledge of the canyon is encyclopedic. And so, as we… Read More