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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 ...

4th Aug

2013

(about vulnerability, exposure, weakness, trash, protecting, willingness, connection, and relationship) I’ve been thinking about vulnerability ever since the July 10 storm blew down a Siouxland Cottonwood tree on the northeast corner ...

10th Jul

2013

(About trash, volunteering, assumptions, expectations, awareness, paying attention, surprise, and gratefulness) After volunteering in Goodale Park for Comfest recycling and trash pickup, I peeled my wet latex gloves off and felt as ...

2nd Jun

2013

(about trash, enlightenment, choice, career advice, the encouragement of inaction, and responsibility) Early on an unexpectedly busy April morning my dog and I hurriedly left home for our morning walk, and when we were well inside ...