Grief In Motion, Cape Hatteras National Seashore

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The drive to Frisco Beach on Cape Hatteras National Seashore is strange, spinning out quickly from the forests of North Carolina, through the opening salvos of the vacation-destination Outer Banks, passing through tiny little kingdoms with fast-changing ecologies--forest, swamp, and then seashore. Keep driving, and soon you're skimming along the surface of the ocean on … Continue reading Grief In Motion, Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Three Sisters (From Braiding Sweetgrass)

In Kimmerer's book Braiding Sweetgrass, an essay called "The Three Sisters" delves into the traditional practice of planting corn, beans, and squash together in a mutually supportive triad: "For millennia, from Mexico to Montana, women have mounded up the earth and laid these three seeds in the ground, all in the same square foot of … Continue reading Three Sisters (From Braiding Sweetgrass)

Scattered Thoughts on Narrative, Storytelling and the Future

Stories, parables, chronicles, and narratives are powerful means for destroying mindset -- the bundle of presuppositions, received wisdoms, and shared understandings against a background of which legal and political discourse takes place. These matters are rarely focused on. They are like eyeglasses we have worn a long time. They are nearly invisible; we use them … Continue reading Scattered Thoughts on Narrative, Storytelling and the Future

The Opening Words to a Book I Probably Won’t Write

Enough people have suggested I write a book at this point that I have now found myself wondering what such a book might look like. I don't consider myself expert enough in anything to say something genuinely unique in the world that isn't just storytelling about my life, but I do think there aren't enough … Continue reading The Opening Words to a Book I Probably Won’t Write

Sharing & Learning & Interfaces, Such as Maps

When I was really little, like maybe 10 years old, I remember making the conscious choice to start using new words before I was quite sure what they meant. I would encounter a word in a book somewhere and, knowing it might just immediately evaporate from my memory, as most information does, I would drop … Continue reading Sharing & Learning & Interfaces, Such as Maps

Bureaucracy: Machines & Pilots

Bureaucracy, as described by the sociologist Max Weber, is rational. Bureaucracy is how we logically create standardized and efficient systems of exchange, of competition, of distribution of labor at scale. It is rational in an abstract sense, when you abstract it away from the human, when you average people out and line them up and … Continue reading Bureaucracy: Machines & Pilots