In Praise of Forest Bathing

When you open a book you got for Christmas and it’s titled “Forest Bathing”, it’s hard not to envision kicking back in some big old clawfoot tub with shiny brass fixtures filled with perfectly warmed water out in some lush forest under a bright green canopy of oaks, maples, elms and pines.  Ahh. Well, that’s not actually what the book […]

Sittin by the dock of the bay Watchin the tide roll away The dock isn’t there anymore. The one that extended out into the Broward River in the Berry’s backyard. Or was it the front yard? Some said old houses were designed such that they faced the river, which is certainly the way Patrick’s house always seemed to be. Patrick […]

Our Community’s River

So, you may not have caught on yet, but the Sangamon River is Our Community’s River. Seriously, somebody should write a book about Mahomet and title it: “A River Runs Through It”. Then – after it becomes a best seller – it could become a feature film directed and narrated by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt and win an […]

Welcome Spring!

Springtime Renewal Phew! It’s finally over. At sunset on the vernal equinox, I stood on my bluff overlooking the Sangamon, feeling the current carry my thoughts off toward the setting sun. At 4:58 pm on March 20, our planet’s north-south axis was aligned precisely 90 degrees relative to the sun. All over the planet, night equals day and now.  For […]

Cahokia: Altered Landscapes

Altered Landscapes Last Fall, Carol and I made our first visit to Cahokia Mounds. This one’s been on my Illinois bucket list for several years now, having heard and read many times about the major significance of this site for the native peoples of the pre-Columbian “Americas”.  Cahokia is one of the few sites in our nation where we can […]