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Kay Bolden

Unleash Your Inner Beagle

I stumbled off the plane at O’Hare, dragging my smelly backpack and my bad attitude with me. I’d spent 6 hours in turbulence, 4 hours sleeping like a pretzel at Heathrow, 2 hours on a bus, and 90 minutes on a sardine flight from Inverness, Scotland, where my…

Your Kids Should See the World … and Protect it, Too

School’s out and so is the sun – finally! After surviving another Illinois winter, we’re looking forward to lazy backyard cook-outs, bike rides on the lakefront, and splash-downs at the water park. If you’ve been planning a family getaway this summer, you may already know that…

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…