The Lid is Off

Posted on Oct 10, 2016
The Lid is Off

It is getting harder to keep a secret these days. The collective shadow of our society, once safely relegated to the dark basement of the unmentionable, is now exposed to daylight, forcing us to face our contradictions. I’ll offer three examples: Donald Trump’s leaked recordings, Hillary Clinton’s emails and Wall Street speeches, and the endless […]

Disorderly Conduct

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

  Last weekend I decided I would get the kids outdoors for a little time in nature. The Susquehanna River was frozen over, with the most remarkable ice formations. Even though the water is not deep in this part of the river, ice somehow piled up several feet. The photograph above is of a chunk […]

The Lovely Lady from Nestle

Posted on Oct 6, 2012
The Lovely Lady from Nestle

At a conference recently I happened to overhear a conversation between one of the speakers, a vice-president of Nestle Corporation, and a college student who was questtioning the VP’s glowing portrayal of Nestle’s social and environmental policies. The student bravely interrogated the VP about their leading beverage category, bottled water. “Do we really need such […]

You’re Bad!

Posted on May 7, 2007
You’re Bad!

I had a conversation with my brother yesterday about Thom Hartmann’s Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. John is a farmer with sophisticated literary tastes and a refreshingly unconventional. earthy perspective on the issues of our time. Since he doesn’t use the Internet or read newspapers or magazines, the echo chamber of public discourse cannot distort […]

Don’t Should on US

Posted on May 9, 2005
Don’t Should on US

In class last week I had my Penn State students read a horrifying article on tree death in America, and then polled them on their gut response. The four choices I offered were: A) This is terrible, and I’m inspired to do something about it. B)Yes, this is terrible, and I care, but I’m not […]

A State of Belief is a State of Being

Posted on Mar 9, 2005
A State of Belief is a State of Being

This essay was published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Fall 2005. Please don’t be turned off by the academic language and format… skip the abstract if you want and start on the first paragraph. Abstract “When students in a university classroom are invited to share anomalous stories, the “skeptical” tactics used to debunk them […]