Environmental Scientist. Writer. Mother.

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day. We spent the weekend camping, just the four of us. A long hike through the newly green forests of Vermont’s northern mountains. A 5-mile loop to the fire …

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A Walk in Hoosick Falls

Forsaken storefronts line the street, mostly empty but for my reflection in the windows.  A few merchants remain — a children’s resale shop, a hair salon — glimpses of pride …

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Yellow Moral Hazard

Moral Hazard: It’s More than Economics, Stupid

I have spent much of my adult life trying to understand the science behind environmental issues. Like the cause-and-effect relationship between industrial effluent outfalls and subsurface contamination. Why, for example, …

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When Did Cancer Become a Judy Blume Novel?

It’s the last week of pink.  Soon our store aisles will return to their regular kaleidoscope of colors, and our autumn décor will resume its traditional tones of red, yellow, …

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$10,000 Sustainability Essay Prize Awarded

From creativenonfiction.org: Mary Heather Noble is the winner of the $10,000 first-place prize for Creative Nonfiction’s The Human Face of Sustainability essay contest, sponsored by Arizona State University’s Sustainability Solutions …

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The Anxiety of Place

I recently finished reading Kristen Iversen’s book, Full Body Burden, and —even as a person familiar with the toxic secrets of government and industry— found the details of the Rocky …

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Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge: A Lesson in Braided Form

Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place is a touchstone for the use of the natural landscape to tell a human story.  Williams’ book, released in …

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