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America 2018: Thoughts on School Shootings, Gun Control, Gerrymandering, and Kindness

I consider myself an Independent, although I strongly lean Democrat (but I’m not a fan of the stranglehold that Michael Madigan–type Democrats have on Illinois). I’ve voted for one or two Republicans in my 30 years of voting. I’ve voted Green Party occasionally when a good candidate is slated. I think I’ve missed one election … Continue reading America 2018: Thoughts on School Shootings, Gun Control, Gerrymandering, and Kindness

First-Time Showshoer Tells All: 10 Tips for Success and My Son’s Thank You

My snow mantra worked—maybe too well! Within the last week or so, snow-starved Chicagoland became a winter wonderland. Shouts of joy and a blizzard of curse words came from those who either embraced or were enraged by the nearly 12 inches of snow that’s fallen in the last week. Last week, my wife, 7-year-old son, … Continue reading First-Time Showshoer Tells All: 10 Tips for Success and My Son’s Thank You

Ditch the Winter Blahs and Go Snowshoeing in the Cook County Forest Preserves

Imagine hiking in the wilds of Chicagoland amidst a foot of soft, crunchy snow. If you were wearing boots, you’d be almost up to your knees in snow—and quickly tiring. But you’re wearing snowshoes, and you are moving free and easy atop the snow (although you might need a little practice if you’re a first-time … Continue reading Ditch the Winter Blahs and Go Snowshoeing in the Cook County Forest Preserves

Goodbye 2017…Hello, 2018!

I want to thank all of my Nature in Chicagoland readers for visiting my blog in 2017. I launched the blog last March not sure how many people would want to read about nature, but the number of visitors grew almost every month, with visitor and page views peaking last month. Not a bad way … Continue reading Goodbye 2017…Hello, 2018!

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