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2nd Jun

2014

(about elitism, privilege, affluence, separation, perspective, and community) Consider yourself warned. If you step inside Goodale Park, you expose yourself to a powerful environment that will probably change you. Like water flowing ...

12th Apr

2014

(About springtime, an urban mammal, fascination & disgust, fences, and death) Spring means the return of many things, and one of them has fifty teeth. Spring brings buds and blossoms bursting from branches, the thick smell of ...

12th Mar

2014

(about trash, proper places, follow-through, willingness, inability, and aim) When I walk past the trash cans in Goodale Park, I’m encouraged by how much garbage ends up inside them.  But I’m also troubled by how often trash ...

1st Feb

2014

(about trash, recurring toil, Sysiphus, Groundhog Day, journey and redemption) Every day when I drive to work, I see High Street shopkeepers helplessly battling the inevitability of entropy, clearing waste from the sidewalks in front ...

31st Dec

2013

(about raking, renovation, physics, and limits) A couple of weeks ago when Columbus briefly had snow, the leaves in both Goodale Park and my yard temporarily hid under its white blanket.  But as typically happens in Columbus ...

26th Nov

2013

(about animals, control, signs, definition and instruction)   There’s a new sign in Goodale Park, “ANIMALS UNDER DIRECT CONTROL”.  The rest of the sign reads: No owner of any animal shall permit such animal to run large on any ...

3rd Nov

2013

(about darkness, surprise, patterns, memory, perception and hope) I need to take a flashlight in the early morning now as my dog and I walk in Goodale Park.  It should come as no surprise to me that the sun rises later as we pass ...

2nd Oct

2013

(about Jonathan Swift, Canada geese, hunger, a solution, and gratefulness)  A recent read of Jonathan Swift’s well-known and disturbing 1729 essay surprisingly suggests a solution to some pressing problems in Goodale Park.  For ...

10th Sep

2013

(about ownership, libraries, books, having, being, and process) Goodale Park is like a library — maybe like a library where everything is available to check out on closed reserve. We all have access to it, we can come in and ...