Let There (NOT) Be Light

Yo, Fragments regulars or those much  more numerous who, according to my site statistics,  came here round-about from the oddest search results you can imagine (those details for another time)... I will be, at least for while, posting primarily on medium.com that perhaps has more potential readership and greater credibility as a fact source than the fuzzy world of blogs. Today's post has not gotten much love there, so my thought that DARKNESS  and a pertinent map would be an interesting topic for my sky-watching neighbors has not borne out. I continue to have my finger somewhere other than on the pulse … Continue Reading ››

February Snow 2005

At midnight  silence beckoned. It told that snow had fallen. I rose to stand listening, fingertips pressed together at a windowsill alter. Creeks flow, hushed and reverent. In a vast forest the size of cities, she and I are the only human souls that hour in a sea of unbroken indigo. Ours,  the only breathings, our dreams alone hover over an immaculate complexion of winter. Be still, and know... Amazing grace.

Matter of Scale

Do aggregates of humans  in business suits lose their soul beyond a certain number under the same corporate roof?  Does the myopic quest for efficiency and profit to the exclusion of all other common good turn proper intention toward the dark side? Can we survive in the era of BIG?  Those were the questions rising in the steam from my first cup of coffee this morning. And so my morning pages took the shape of the following screed (also posted to Medium.com for a potentially wider audience than you, mom. TLDR. But that's okay. I feel better now.) BIG IS KILLING US

John … Continue Reading ››

Just Fragments of the Whole

Hello all. Or some. It’s been far more quiet here than at any time since the summer of 2002. You might have noticed, or not. Obviously, I don’t put much thought to public writing of late—not for a long time, and especially over the past six months, taking a slide toward voicelessness since November. The blog has lost its role as a two-way can-on-a-string between one cloistered writer-photographer and the Other World. I’ve lamented this far too often in recent years as the disconnect grows wider and wider. This web presence, for years, was ME. As faithfully as possible, I poured myself … Continue Reading ››

Nature Deficit Disaster: Vanishing Species

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-why-should-humans-care-about-biodiversity-loss-180961708/ There was a time when we could pretend to not know it was short-sighted to let tongueless buffalo carcasses rot by the millions. Or shoot passenger pigeons for sport. Or wipe out all top predators because we had the notion the world would be a better place without them. There was a time when humankind could depend on business, more or less, as usual, over the long term of our short history. That long calm was called the Holocene--the term that geologists use for that period of 15 to 20 thousand years after the last … Continue Reading ››

The Technosphere: The World We Have Created

Earth's 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tons -- ScienceDaily "The word technology comes from two Greek words, transliterated techne and logos. Techne means art, skill, craft, or the way, manner, or means by which a thing is gained." And so, over the not-so-many millennia of our species' thumb-and-brain-powered rise to power, we've used our art and dexterity to shape the natural world of bone and sinew, fiber and ore, fire and fuel into over a billion different forms of future techno-fossil: 30 trillion tons of man-stuff. Most of this will outlive our civilization, buried in the strata of the unknown future. It … Continue Reading ››

Where the Rivers Go

I won't wax poetic with my own AHA realizations from the maps depicted on this page. There was a time when I would have, so count yourselves lucky. Images by  Hungarian cartographer Robert Szucs, depicted at: These may be the prettiest maps you'll ever see | MNN - Mother Nature Network I realize, after dozens of geography and cartography-related posts over the years, that not many of you find the fascination or enjoy the understanding that can come from simply pouring oneself into the details of a particular terrain. These beautiful maps isolate river drainages … Continue Reading ››

Photos and Front Porch Musing from Floyd County Virginia