Jane Goodall and Peter Wohlleben

Talking Trees with Jane and Peter

A bunch of independent bookstores around the country broadcasted a talk with English primatologist Jane Goodall and German forester Peter Wohlleben recently. Jane Goodall is a rock star in my book, so I jumped at the opportunity to watch her and Peter talk about his new book, The Heartbeat of Trees. The talk was moderated […]

Pleasant View Wildlife Sanctuary

Berkshires Getaway

Traveling is in my blood, so it’s been a strange experience to be grounded for more than a year. Well, I haven’t been totally grounded. I saw my family in September, and Allen and I have done a few local one-night stays. Last month, we headed a couple of hours west to spend the night […]

Bullough's Pond

Newton Rambles

Allen and I went to Newton to run an errand the other day, and the weather was lovely. So we decided to visit a pond and a park while in the area. Bullough’s Pond is a small pond in a residential neighborhood. Only half of it is accessible to the public, so it’s a short […]

Fushimi Inari trail map

A New Year?

We’re 11 days in to the new year, but it doesn’t feel like a new year. It feels like a continuation of 2020: B-A-D bad. I might want to go back to 2020, actually. Well, before January 6, I kicked off the new birthday list with a trip to Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan. […]

Nahanton Park

Suburban Wilds

Allen and I have been discovering so many new parks and natural areas this summer. Our neighboring suburb of Newton is a treasure trove of such places. We’ve been to a few parks that are so untouched, so verdant, that they look and feel like jungles. We didn’t last too long at Nahanton Park because […]