Juneteenth 2015

Farewell to Denver*: Juneteenth

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, specifically the freedom slaves in Texas did not begin to enjoy until June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect...

Weeding and collecting trash at Bear Creek Park, Denver, 2013, IMG_1659

Restoration: Invigorating Our Surroundings

I love environmental restoration the way some people love sports or their pets, and on this site I will write about restoration wherever I happen to find it. Right now that’s Denver, but in...

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12 Cities, 1 Year

In June 2011, my husband and I sold our house and most of our belongings and set out for the West Coast. We packed what we thought we needed in our red Prius. We planned to begin in Missoula, head...

Waterfall in Anthem development, Broomfield, CO

Rituals for Restoration

I was inspired by this quote, especially the part I set in boldface. It’s taken from a report in Cultural Survival magazine (December 2014) about the People’s Climate March in Manhattan...

Pawnee Indian Village Museum from the back, Republic, Kansas, April 2015

How Kansas Complicates My View of History

I used to view events on the plains during the nineteenth century as a simple conflict between whites and the few remaining Indians, between settlers and the people who already lived there. My...

Hays Stone Gallery nude Kansas Oct 2009

Kansas: Why I Hate It and Love It

Sometimes when I drive from Denver to Kansas City, I wonder if I will be doing this drive when I’m eighty. The high, flat plains of eastern Colorado and western Kansas tend to bring out the...

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Why Do You Want to Go to Pakistan?

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a woman who went to Pakistan in the mid-2000s to do research for a novel she was writing. Her advice to me was, “Don’t go...

A long view of the "Farming in the City" panel

Fun at the Urban Farming Symposium

During her keynote speech at the Grow Food Symposium, Oakland farmer Novella Carpenter made a joke about living next to vegans while raising “edible pets.” It was one of many...

Keep Mandeville Beautiful recycling container, Girod and General Pershing, Nov 2013

Recycling on the North Shore, Louisiana

Todd and I recently went to Louisiana for a second surgery on his left ear. As always, I was amazed by the amount of trash along the highways and was determined to keep my trash off the side of the...

Chattanooga Choo Choo 1 Tenn Nov 2012

Is That the Chattanooga Choo-Choo?

I stood on the corner, adjusting my tripod to get a level shot of the “Choo-Choo” sign gleaming over Terminal Station in Chattanooga. It was Thanksgiving week of 2012, and I was talking...

Surviving the Frost, Thornton Dial, High Museum, Atlanta, 2012 (1)

Folk Art at Atlanta’s High Museum

One thing I love to do when traveling is visit art museums. It tells me something about a city I can’t figure out any other way. I find that public art, which tends to be large and blocky or...

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Vaccines for Asia Travel

Even though the start date has been pushed back to October (or even later, though I hope not), we are still forging ahead with planning our trip to Asia. (We are starting in New Zealand, or NOT ASIA...

Denver Black Lives Matter conference Quincy Shannon and Freedom Riders Jan 2015

Denver’s Black Lives Matter! Conference

In the few short months that it has existed, Denver Freedom Riders has already begun to make waves in the city. The organization, founded by Anthony Grimes after the decision not to indict Darren...

WRAPS signs behind Days Inn, Hays, KS 2

Day’s Inn in Hays Is Under WRAPS

On our way back from Kansas City to Denver, we stopped at the Day’s Inn in Hays, Kansas. The next morning I ventured out into a frigid park just behind the hotel strip to look for birds, but...

Do Drop Inn Kinsley KS interior horizontal 2014

Do Drop Inn on Kinsley, Kansas

I’ve driven from Denver to Kansas City so many times that I need to vary the routine any way I can. The last couple of years, I’ve been taking the southern route toward Quivira National...

Growhaus hydroponics farm Dec 2014

GrowHaus: Fish and Greens in Elyria-Swansea

Last Friday I wasn’t having the best morning after a restless night. I had intended to take the public tour at the GrowHaus in north-central Denver (north of I-70 on York) but had just realized...

Frisch Native American Museum

Native American Museum on the Outer Banks

The Frisco Native American Museum on the Outer Banks is a place of disjointed memory and reconstruction of the past. There are so many artifacts—and their accompanying signs—stuffed into a...

Great horned owl at Navajo Nation Zoo, with injured eye and wing, facing forward, next to orange globe mallow and other desert plants

Navajo Nation Zoo Cares for Native Animals

The Navajo Nation Zoological and Botanical Park is the only zoo I have visited that did not sadden me. Located in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation, the zoo is dedicated to...

12cities1year unloaded July 2011

Ascetics Make Better Travelers

I’ve always had an ascetic streak that strives to overcome my love of clothes and home furnishings and food. When Todd and I went on our Twelve Cities, 1 Year tour in 2011, it was...