Unaware of the History of Nipigon/Black Sands, we visited this beautiful area in the early 1980’s and observed from afar in orange haze-filled skies the burning of… Read more “Lake Nipigon at Black Sand Provincial Park”
Hands held, warm delight. A kiss at first dawning bright. Gentle boughs, mother.
I knew a man who would not lie. He would not say a thing untrue; And if one swayed him to reply In words he did not… Read more “A Kind and Curious Man”
Sun descending, purple haze, Dragon wings into the wind. The moonlit water.
Veils of white and blue Craggy heights of polar hue Depths of solitude.
To be a child With clarity And curiosity. To love And live a life With open mind. To grow older, wiser But with wonder-filled; To regain the… Read more “Child’s Play”
Living mother, lord of all Evening earth and tides, Garden of our ancestors, In loving care abides. A curious child, unwitting, Stands at the stormy gate, Prods,… Read more “Consequences”
His words rung sweet into the night. Under pines and oak he lied; And still, through wind song’s warning, she Saw nothing but the light. … Read more “The Joker’s Trope”
Awash with blooms of many hues Through rare and sunny fen The dance of seasons played throughout In fragrant blooming glens. Flickering cardinal wings in flight Mother,… Read more “The Blooming Glen”
As we move forward into a new era where the prospect of fossil fuels has become a nemesis to our survival long range, there are major decisions… Read more “On pending Polymet copper mine and Enbridge oil pipeline #3 …”
Wind blowing ‘round my ears Cold knocking at my door Old man winter in a vengeful mood Burns alike on rich and poor. Snow deep in… Read more “Even So”
Last winter, I lost a very dear friend to cancer. She was in her 98th year, of Norwegian ancestry, a Minnesotan by birth, a world traveler and… Read more “Portrait of a Friendship”
It was a few years ago that my good friend and I traveled to Bemidji State Park. It was here that we witnessed what was one of… Read more “Under the Maples”
Is our criminal and civil justice system standing true to the intent and meaning of the fifth amendment? Consider that it did not discriminate between citizen and… Read more “AMENDMENT V: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
There is a wave of change occurring, not only in technology, but in the way we deal with our humanity. Cults are not new and all cults… Read more “When we take the time to know another, “the other” no longer stands outside of our sphere, and compassion becomes possible.”
As a woman and a mother I’ve made my mistakes and I have blamed myself perpetually for these and more as a result of some early training. … Read more “Will respect for women come when mothers have opportunity enough to respect themselves?”
The Vietnam war was raging and boys were being drafted into a war that was, for the first time, coming into the living rooms of Americans via… Read more “With small steps we change”
The NorthMet Project has been in process of application for many years now, because the project will cause unusual problems, and because it will imperil wilderness lands,… Read more “Comment on NorthMet Draft Air Permit due March 16, 2018”
Creative expression is an essential ingredient in all of our lives and it stems from a love of beauty in all its forms. Without this where… Read more “Comment on Polymet’s Permit to Mine in NE MN”
A nuanced and thought-provoking article by Reid Forgrave in the New York Times, In Northern Minnesota. “Two Economies Square Off: Mining Vs Wilderness” helped to make clear, in my… Read more “Commonality between miners and wilderness advocates?”
If we were to search the entire globe for a place that would result in more devastation to the natural world and to world class water systems,… Read more “What would be a particularly bad place for a highly toxic copper sulfide mine?”