On Moving and Dislocation

Ask any New Yorker what their least favorite activity is – ask nearly anyone - and “moving” will come up pretty high on the list. All that packing and hunting and handing over money and resettling is rough. It’s not just the work, though: it’s the feeling of rootlessness that comes from not having a home, from [Read More...]

On Skimming

Here’s an interesting piece on how people read online – and what that might mean for how we write online: I’m going to keep this brief, because you’re not going to stick around for long. I’ve already lost a bunch of you. For every 161 people who landed on this page, about 61 of you—38 percent—are [Read More...]

Reading More Carefully

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find that there’s way too much to read—on the internet, on my desk, on my coffeetable, in my mailbox, and everywhere else. So I read, with interest, this post about a new system for reading: All the information we have available only increases our stress levels and diminishes [Read More...]

Teaching My Daughter How to Hike – Did I Do a Bad Thing?

On a hike with Kara along Rock Creek in the eastern Sierra of California

Years ago, I taught my daughter how to be a “good” hiker. But, in the process, did I do a bad thing? I have always loved hiking. I don’t need to dangle from ropes, trudge for miles with a hefty backpack, or scale Mt. Everest. But I enjoy getting out into nature, walking on quiet [Read More...]


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