Gathering Moss

Some of you will remember how gobsmacked I was by Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. When I learned that she had written an earlier book, I ordered Gathering Moss from one of our local independent bookstores, first read it in December, and just finished delving into it for the second time. Gathering Moss is as … Continue reading Gathering Moss

Take Back The Power

Since 1999, the annual Art on the Streets program in Colorado Springs “celebrates the power of art in public places while turning the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong art gallery.” One of the entries in 2020 was this stark and shocking mural, an illustration that art does not always leave one feeling … Continue reading Take Back The Power

Braiding Sweetgrass

I love to come across books that make me stop me in my tracks, make my jaw drop, and make me realize they have something profound to say. Braiding Sweetgrass is such a book. Originally published in 2013, it was republished in 2020 in a beautiful hardcover version by Milkweed Editions, an independent publisher. I … Continue reading Braiding Sweetgrass

Sand Creek

One hundred fifty-five years have lapsed since one of the most infamous chapters in the annals of Colorado, the November 29, 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. While the Civil War was raging in the East, in the West conflicts with Native Americans defending their homeland from intruders had increased in frequency and severity. When territorial Governor … Continue reading Sand Creek

Happy Belated National Bison Day

Is it possible for brawny, shaggy ungulates, that might tip the scale at one to two tons, to appear and amble gracefully? The answer is a resounding “yes.” Amble they may, and docile they may appear, but don’t be fooled, for this largest land mammal in North America is able to accelerate to 35 mph, … Continue reading Happy Belated National Bison Day