We’ll Always Have Paris

Well. Maybe we won’t have Paris. Not the Paris Climate Accord anyway. But no matter what the White House says, climate change is the fundamental challenge of this century. And how we respond will be our defining moment as Americans. Last week, the Trump administration announced that the…

Once a Hippie … Always a Hippie

A funny thing happened on the way to the Climate March. I was busted. Four lanky teenagers, 2 boys and 2 girls, watched me approach the check-in table at one of the many Youth Convening events. I mean, I knew I couldn’t meet the “youth” criteria, but hey…

The Oceans Are Rising … and So Are We!

Among the estimated 200,000 people who participated in the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29 in Washington, D.C. were thousands of teens and young adults. They came by train, by car and by the busload from every state; their voices were loud and their message was…

In Our Own Backyard

Check out my new column in the Times Weekly! In Our Own Backyard is a new weekly column in The Times Weekly that will cover environmental justice and climate change, and how these issues impact our families every day. If you think oil spills, contaminated soil and toxic water pipes…

Love is Love is Love

Just got back from Boston, where they party like it’s 1776! Had an amazing time at the New England RWA Writers’ Conference, where I got inspiration and instruction — and margaritas — from best-selling authors, including Zoe York and Damon Suede.  Zoe York’s keynote…

Runaway Mom

At age 55, I set out alone to hike the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James). Like so many pilgrims who walked the Way, I came home both reflective and giddy, eager to share my experience about walking the Camino solo, and what it meant to me. Here…

Go Ahead. Try the Haggis.

This post appears in 18 Health Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make by Nicole Akers. Click here to get your free copy.   I was six days into a muddy, solo trek in the Scottish Highlands, when I encountered an American couple starting their first long-distance hike…

Want to Empower Girls? Take them Trekking

  After a week of cool but unusually sunny weather in Scotland, I arrived in Fort William, ready to hike Ben Nevis. I needed to get my first lungful of Highland air, and stock supplies for the next 7 days on the Great Glen Way. The rain hit first thing…

Hiking Argentina? Don’t Forget the Wine

  About 650 miles from the pulsing city of Buenos Aires lies Mendoza, where urban rhythm gives way to natural opulence, and where wine is more than a business, it’s a spiritual pilgrimage. Mendoza hugs the Chilean border, giving easy access to the mighty Andes mountains and the…

Escape from Georgia (O’Keeffe)

    “The artist passed away in 1986,” the museum guide said, backing away from me slowly. The famous photo of O’Keeffe hung just to her right, and she gave it a glance as she worked her way around me. “You know, it’s…