It’s Back

The Union County lake that all reasonable people thought had been put to rest in 2008 is somehow, like Dracula, back from the dead. Let me refresh your memory if you’ve somehow forgotten this important environmental issue: In 2004 Union County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered into an agreement through the Planning Assistance to States program to create a feasibility study for...

A Proclamation for Proclamations

There’s been so much talk in Spartanburg about Mayor Junie White issuing a proclamation making June 19th, 2010 “Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Day” that I too wanted to weigh in. I decided that as a certified poet and therefore one of Percey Bysshe Shelley’s “unacknowledged legislators of the world” that I will use my power to proclaim support of...

Carbon Neutral Road Trip

My friend Jack Byrne was in the upcountry last week to teach a sustainability workshop at Furman University. Jack’s the director of Sustainability Integration at Middlebury College in Vermont, one of the leaders in academic responsibility in the area of climate change. Middlebury has pledged to be carbon neutral as an institution by 2016, and Jack has a large role in getting them there....

The Mythology of Childhood Weather

Last Friday evening it began snowing about 5 p.m. It fell at a rate of an inch an hour. By nine, four inches of powder covered the yards and roads as the fast-moving storm softened every angle with a shadow of unexpected white. There wasn’t even a mention this time of a “wintery mix.” We were getting pure snow. As usual, our weather came up the I-85 corridor from Atlanta. Like...

Seeing AVATAR

“Did you like AVATAR?” my friends ask when I tell them I finally saw it, the blockbuster James Cameron 3-D film. How could I not? I’m “green” to the core, an environmentalist, and my favorite Bible story as a child was always Eden. The film let me disappear for several hours into a digital fantasy chock full of exotic wilderness, deep kinship with the rest of...

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