Muir’s Notebooks: Thinking and Working in the Age of Distraction

            Not long after the guns of the Civil War fell cold in the 1860s, John Muir opened a notebook and inscribed his name on the frontispiece. “John Muir, Earth-Planet, Universe,” he wrote, situating himself as firmly as any of us may hope to do so. And then he started walking, a thousand miles or so,… Continue reading Muir’s Notebooks: Thinking and Working in the Age of Distraction

Seminole Wars Heritage Trail

I'm working on a project based on the Florida Seminole Wars Heritage Trail. Because the Trail is primarily spatial, I started by creating a Google Earth layer listing all of the points by region. I just learned that WordPress.com disallows kmz uploads, so I imported the map into Google Maps instead. Here's a link to… Continue reading Seminole Wars Heritage Trail

Chicago in the Rear-View

Well, it’s all over now save for the thinking. Of course, what is anything but thinking? Walking, eating, even breathing, are just thinking in motion. Travel is no different. The sights, sounds, smells, and feelings we seek by traveling are, at bottom, just another way of thinking through the world. The trip I’ve been thinking… Continue reading Chicago in the Rear-View

Camera Roll: Olustee and World Golf Village

On the road for a conference. I took these yesterday when I had some free time. Olustee Battlefield was one of the places that inspired me to be a historian. I was a dorky little kid who was fascinated by the American Civil War--primarily because of a trip to this place some time around the… Continue reading Camera Roll: Olustee and World Golf Village

Camera Roll: Miccosukee Village and the Seminole Wars Heritage Trail

Out exploring the logic of dispossession on the "Seminole Wars Heritage Trail." Stop #1: Miccosukee Village. Taking notes toward a book. Only a historic marker remains to remind people of the thriving Native community that once drew a living from the fields, forests, and lakes northeast of the Tallahassee old fields. State Road 59 leading… Continue reading Camera Roll: Miccosukee Village and the Seminole Wars Heritage Trail

Wonderland/Wasteland

It was over 100 degrees when I took this yesterday. The railings on the boardwalk overlooking the marshy fringe of Lake Jackson burned my arms as I leaned to capture this photo of dead trees and scorched grass lining the shimmering lake. This lake disappears every twenty years or so, leaving a scarred grassland in… Continue reading Wonderland/Wasteland

On the Edge of the Ocean: Florida and Sea Level Rise

As the Florida legislature takes up sea level rise, I keep hearing voices from the past resonate over the conversation.  This passage, from Willis Blatchley's A Nature Wooing at Ormond By The Sea (1902), highlights one northern visitor's awareness of the state's precarious seat on the edge of the ocean almost 120 years ago. This… Continue reading On the Edge of the Ocean: Florida and Sea Level Rise