Searching for Ulmus americana

Last Wednesday afternoon, while driving home from campus, I heard a story on National Public Radio about New York City’s ongoing effort to re-plant its storm-damaged beaches with native grasses.  It turns out that seeds from those grasses have been painstakingly preserved at the city’s Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island, and those seeds […]

Writing with Maps

Here’s a short movie, exported from Keynote, about teaching writing with maps.  My goal was to collect examples of the kinds of maps that my students might create or use in their own writing about place.  Let me know what you think!  (There’s no audio on this one; as a couple of you have already […]

Up and Down

In April, I took several day-long bicycle trips from a cabin in Laurel Springs, North Carolina, both north and south on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The furthest I went south was to the Northwest Trading Post in Glendale Springs, NC, on April 13, 2013.   The cabin is about 0.8 mile from the Parkway (milepost 246), […]