Fossil Fuel Series: Part 2

Standing Rock vs. President Trump As someone who is fairly new to how politics work and the jargon, etc. as I spent my teen years actively avoiding what I saw as corrupt nonsense better to be ignored than bought into, I have a question for our new president:  Do you truly believe that climate change doesn’t exist, that we won’t have devastating consequences if we … Continue reading Fossil Fuel Series: Part 2

For the Love of Elephants

“They say elephant’s eyes speak the greatest language. Who else can make you feel so much without a word?” ~”The Legend of Tarzan”, John Clayton/Tarzan In recent years, elephants have been reverently referred to in various sources: movies like “The Legend of Tarzan” and “The Jungle Book” as well as books like “Modoc”. For centuries before that, elephants have been hunted for their ivory, put … Continue reading For the Love of Elephants

Fossil Fuel Series: Part 1

Deepwater Horizon & Sustainable Energy Just recently I went to see the movie “Deepwater Horizon” retelling the story of the oil spill disaster of 2010. Several times throughout the movie, I couldn’t help but wonder why we put so much money and risk into an endeavor that has a safer alternate solution. Of the 126 crew members on board the Deepwater Horizon, eleven were lost; … Continue reading Fossil Fuel Series: Part 1

Dancing in National Parks

“We don’t appreciate what we have, and what we have is incredible.” – Katie Shields Art is a form of expression, whether it be painting, writing, photography or dancing. Art is a way of conveying a message from the artist to the wider world, whether we care to take the time to understand and appreciate it or not. My former college roommate, Katie Shields, 22, … Continue reading Dancing in National Parks

The Last March of the Ents

For those of you who don’t know me, aside from being completely obsessed with elephants, I’m also extremely fond of The Lord of the Rings movies. I have read The Hobbit, and the Fellowship as well as the first half of the Two Towers, so bear with me. Of the original movie trilogy, The Two Towers was always my favorite mostly for the amazing fight … Continue reading The Last March of the Ents

Food for Thought

There’s a wonderful couple I’ve been dog walking for over the last year. Back in February on the tail-end of a rainy, Oregon winter, I was walking their boxer, Phoebe, when we meandered down a hill near a bunch of housing construction sites. There were dozens of cigarette butts gathered by the curb that had been carried by the rain from the days before. A … Continue reading Food for Thought

Of Life, Nature, and Promises

In 1994 I was born into an Air Force family, a lifestyle well known for its tendency to be semi-nomadic. As you can imagine, I grew up with a sense of wonder for the world and an extreme capacity for wanderlust. I have never left the country, save for a weekend trip to Vancouver, Canada when I was ten, but I have list upon list … Continue reading Of Life, Nature, and Promises

Sea Change: A Response

This, my first post, is something that I originally wrote a few months ago in response to the poem “Sea Change” by Jorie Graham. It’s an interesting poem in it’s style but it paints a clear picture and encourages us to look beyond what we see. If you haven’t read it, please see the link attached here. I highly recommend reading this evocative piece. “The … Continue reading Sea Change: A Response