Essays


Iceland at Last

For years, I dreamed of going to Iceland with my Irish wife sometime after my retirement from a half-century of college teaching. I dreamed of seeing the most volcanic island on our planet with all of its glaciers in-between, including Vatna Jokull, Europe’s largest slow-moving ice field. Our day to fly up to Reykjavik finally […]

Monarch Summers

In late summer, my children and I search for caterpillars. The milkweed is thigh-high at this time, with fragrant mauve flower clusters swelling into rotund seed pods. When we see leaves that are missing great chunks of green flesh, we peer underneath of them, hoping to find a fat yellow-, black-, and white-striped caterpillar hiding […]