The Bigger Picture



Our dog fetching stick in Mirror Lake. 11
Our dog hiking the trail with us. Mount Hood is in view. As my husband and I hiked up Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, next to 11,000-foot Mount Hood in Oregon, I struggled with monkey mind. Even the phrase "monkey mind" rebounded in my head along with other jumbled thoughts about violence against women, two movies, and my novel in progress. As I trudged, I mentally composed this, with only vague awareness of my surroundings. We'd viewed Ask Me Anything the evening before,

Terror and Tranquility


Maureen Kay, author, at Dry Falls. Natural and human-caused climate change 8
Our family drove to eastern Washington this autumn. We encountered stunning views shaped by massive geologic events. The weekend trip inspired me to think about climate change–both climate change caused by natural forces since the beginning of Earth, and climate change caused by human forces. Traces of our region’s tumultuous […]

Dry Falls—Earth’s Largest Waterfall—and Climate Change



Skinny house squeezed by highrises in Chicago. 7
My family added three days in Chicago to a Midwest trip in August. We took the CTA light rail from the Midway Airport. Arriving at the Madison/Wabash station in The Loop, we felt like marks while we maneuvered our luggage, everyone watching us as we crossed the sullied wooden platform. […]

Chicago: Inequality and Volatility