A vast difference

Like many kids, I went to summer camp to learn to sail and ride a horse and tie a bowline. I whittled green boughs into perfect marshmallow-roasting sticks and stayed up way past bedtime reading by flashlight on my top bunk. I sang raunchy songs and played capture the...

Every body needs milk

This is a tale of 2 sisters, 2 canoe paddles and 300 gallons of milk. The year: 1971.   My age: seven. Hair: piano-colored. Eyes: grape. Teeth: 17. Album of the Year: Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water.” Most earth-shattering event: the launch of...
Icebergs

Icebergs

Glaciers are things of ineffable beauty, in which the purest tones of lightpulse and shimmer, lovely and untainted as anything on earth or in the sky.  -John Muir “That’s Culross Passage,” Captain Ted announces, gesturing to the right through the gray rain, which...

Cause for alarm

Is it wise to trust in the kindness of strangers? In the shadow of fabled Timbuktu lies the medieval town of Djenné, and every child’s fantasy: here the most colossal mud pie in the world rises from the desert. The Djenné Mosque is 12,000 square feet and built...