Category Archives: Reflections

Loving my place, and the Wildness that comes to it

In his influential essay “The Trouble with Wilderness,” historian William Cronon worried that environmentalists thought too much about the idea of wilderness – which he felt directed their attention away from other places, and made it difficult for them to … Continue reading

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Walking to Work in Winter

What do I encounter when I walk to work through a snowy landscape? First of – a bit of briskness when I get outside. I often feel a little chilly, but I know that by the time I get near … Continue reading

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Milwaukee winter “sucks”? That opinion misses so much…

Milwaukee-area winter weather has been in the news this week for reasons that disappoint me. Channel 6 reporter Angelica Duria, while outside in Racine reporting on a snowstorm, said “it sucks here,” and national and local media have picked up … Continue reading

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Winter and Limits

It has been an interesting last week-plus in terms of encountering winter. I have experienced bitter cold, dangerous weather, weather we must be careful about adapting our ways to. Warm weather quickly melted much of the snow and ice that … Continue reading

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What I have missed since we last had winter

As we begin to sense winter in the air, I have been thinking about what I have been missing most, in 2012, since last winter occurred. And, what I am most eager to encounter when winter arrives again! 1. Changes … Continue reading

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Living in the cold: a playful guide

This season is a time where patience helps. Most of year, we can assume weather – nature – won’t interfere much with what we want to do. Winter is different. But if we take a little time, and adapt a … Continue reading

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Winter Activities in Milwaukee: Reflections and Recapping

As Ambassador of Snow, I have been visiting a range of winter activities around the area. So I wanted to share some snapshots of some of the memorable moments and insights which I took away from these events. Public events … Continue reading

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Winter Carnival photos: me in jsonline, my photos

I had a fun 3 hours at the Winter Carnival on Saturday, held at the Lynden Sculpture Garden! Creative events; and some nice images of the sights and pleasures are online. The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel published a photo of me kicking off … Continue reading

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An appreciation of patchy snow and intermittent cold

I admit I like to look out and see snow covering the ground, as you might imagine from someone calling themselves the Ambassador of Snow. But I believe we should not live our lives just waiting for peak moments. We … Continue reading

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Jan 27-29: winter events this weekend, and winter memories from last weekend

This weekend, some events provide the best chances Milwaukee offers to be out celebrating winter. To be with a group of people who are enjoying themselves. People not merely surviving, not just moving through weather – but taking time to … Continue reading

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