This Week’s Readings

This week I read two extremely different books. Both gave me something to think about in terms of privilege and writing. This week I read “The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod,” by Henry Beston, published in 1928. It’s considered a classic of nature writing, and follows his…

Finding Your Niche

I have a friend, Kim Moynahan, whom I’ve only met in person once way back in 2013. We communicate on email and Slack, we work on a lot of Science Borealis stuff together, and we’ve developed a relationship over the years that allows us to talk about freelancing, volunteering, nature, and more. Over those five…

Writing a Book (Part 2)

The past few months have been pretty busy. Then suddenly it all stopped, with the exception of one book review for Science. As I wrote last week, I’d been having a ‘high’ mood, so I was able to juggle a couple of deadlines and projects. But, as always happens after a high, I’ve now fallen…

A Single Moment

In her memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion focuses on how life can change in a single moment. Her husband dies suddenly, while they’re having dinner, and—just like that—her world is flipped upside down. Elizabeth Alexander writes something similar in The Light of the World, in which she and her sons also come…

Writing a Book

I’ve always wanted to write a book (or two, or three). But it always seemed as though there was some alchemy involved, some incantation that you had to recite three times backwards before sitting down to write, or you’d never turn leaden words into gold. Lately, however, I’ve had the opportunity to see book writing…