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a poem for Herzog and in hopes of comforting any human who has been sad at the loss of an animal friend

May 3, 2015


August 2007 Your song ended ~ when the air smelled of wild grapes and the dusty sweetness of clover. And crickets serenaded the evenings, and cicadas’ hum filled day— and night Everywhere was the scent and vibration of high summer — then I learned that death is not an event ~ not a presence but a […]

What would you like to do if money were no object?

February 12, 2013


Here’s what Alan Watts asked: I would like to spend my life coordinating discussions on issues of moral, social and political relevance and working with other people to act on those discussion and resolutions to make the world better, both in terms of discrete community projects and grand plans for a thoughtfully (re)designed society. Collaboration […]

Imagining Vertical Farming in Philadelphia

January 31, 2013


Have you heard of The Plant? It’s a vertical farming project in a former slaughterhouse in Chicago. This year will be the third growing season for The Plant, and by this summer an anaerobic digester will move the project to being self-sufficient in terms of energy, generated from the waste products from raising fish. The […]

What happened in the 1670s and 1830s—and is happening again today: How economic exploitation is connected to racial identity.

February 22, 2011


Written February 22, 2011 in response to discussions in Contemporary Social Problems and The Sociology of Whiteness at Arcadia University and to the protests in Madison, Wisconsin Howard Zinn’s “Persons of Mean and Vile Condition” from The People’s History of the United States (1995), takes its evidence from “primary documents” from 17th century Colonial America. […]

The House of Many Children

December 17, 2010


December 17 would have been the 113th birthday of my grandfather, Dale Shaw Redd. He died of an aortic aneurysm when I was 9 years old. I still miss him. Below is a memoir essay about him and the neighborhood where my grandparents lived when I was a child. On Ontario Street in Bethlehem, where […]

Living, Social and Digital Worlds

June 22, 2010


Sorry, this post is still in progress. On my birthday, as it happened, I chaperoned four first grade boys at the Philadelphia Zoo. I decided life would be easier if I didn’t attempt to steer them much, so I asked them what they wanted to see and do and followed their lead.  Eli wanted to […]