In Praise of Phases

THE LAST WORD ON NOTHING When I was sixteen, my voice teacher predicted I would become a Jack of all trades. It wasn’t a compliment: We were in the midst of a fight, squaring off across the shiny black battlefield of her baby grand piano. She wanted me to concentrate only on singing. But I … More In Praise of Phases

A Lucky Lie

A long time ago, I had an encounter I will never forget with a taxi driver in Cairo. My short essay about the experience was published recently in an issue of Oregon Humanities called Quandary.

The indestructable Earth

For some time, I’ve been thinking that the conversation about climate change and environmental degradation needs to be placed in a broader geologic context. The Earth has experienced a lot of things in its 4.6 billion years of history, and it has always survived. Humans certainly have the power to alter the planet in geologically … More The indestructable Earth