That’s what Michigan resident Caleb Stevens did in 2017. The now 23-year-old, who spent two years at West Point, decided to join a Kurdish militia allied with the U.S. that was fighting ISIS in Syria. Yes, that ISIS. The one that beheads, burns, rapes, otherwise tortures, and kills people, and that once controlled large swathes … Continue reading Would You Travel 6,200 Miles to Fight Evil?
Today is the one-year anniversary of my blog, Nature in Chicagoland. In the last year, I’ve published more than 40 articles (45,000+ words, I can’t believe it myself) about the great outdoors. I’ve covered everything from eagle watching and views of the mighty Mississippi River at Mississippi Palisades State Park, to remnants of the Manhattan … Continue reading Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of Nature in Chicagoland
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
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