Living from the heart/land.

Pupil

Pupil

On the first cold morning of October I woke up twice – at 4:17 and 4:37 – for no apparent reason. The third time waking, though, I knew I needed to get up. Rolling to the edge of my bed, I felt around for my […]

Autumn Blessing

Autumn Blessing

It is a few days before the September equinox, and the light seems to be shifting as it does this time of year. I’m drinking coffee, when my daughter comes running into the kitchen to grab my hand, and pulls me across the house so […]

Cinnabar Red Chanterelles

Cinnabar Red Chanterelles

I was taking a break from splitting wood and I hadn’t planned to go into the forest west of the house. Then I got curious about how many shagbark hickory nuts were on the ground, and that’s all it took. There were only a few […]

Blueberries

Blueberries

Earlier this summer, I requested that we spend my birthday gathering blueberries from my favorite berry farm in Northern Indiana.  They sell the most delicious, robust blueberries I have ever tasted – and all organic to boot.  As we traveled North toward the farm, we […]

Pompano

Pompano

I’m standing waist-deep in the surf, on the edge of a sandbar on the west side of Cape San Blas, Florida, fly fishing with my brother on family vacation. I really don’t have the right gear, but I like the challenge. I have a 5-weight […]

How We Move

How We Move

How we move through places affects how we’re able to know them. On the lake last night, we allowed the wind to take us wherever it pleased. Surrounded by water lily blossoms, my daughter found “the land under the lake!” and froze in wide-eyed wonder […]

The Salmon Bring Us Together

The Salmon Bring Us Together

I spent some time on the Kenai Peninsula in June, learning about Alaska’s fisheries from the people (and nonhumans) that rely on them. What did I find around almost every bend in the stream? Togetherness. On their spawning redds, piled up where they can go […]

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

One of my favorite great lakes things to talk about is ‘sugar season’. It has the best mouth feel, you gotta try it out: Sugar season. Sugar season. Sugar season. Sugar season is the period of time when sugar maple sap can be collected to make […]

Mulberries

Mulberries

From April until the end of October in the Lake Michigan watershed, there is a new wild edible to try almost every week. Leaves, shoots, berries, mushrooms, nuts and flowers are but a few of the delicacies our local ecosystem offers. I make a point […]

Beaver

Beaver

Here in the heartland (and all places for that matter), there are certain perspectives on what counts as food. Meat from cows? Food. Green Jell-O? Food. Lumpy, corn-derived sticks coated in bright orange chemical salt dust? Food. Mulberries from that tree over there? Maybe food, […]