Category Archives: Calls to action

“Saving the Places we Love” is HoCo Book Selection of the Year.

I am delighted to share the great news that Saving the Places we Love, my second book, has been picked as the Howard County Book Connection selection for 2016-2017. The book was chosen by the Howard Community College, the Howard … Continue reading

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Ocean friendly choices for the consumer

Guest post by Mark Southerland, PhD We are all familiar with the pervasive effect of electronic devices on communication worldwide. Nearly everyone uses texts, emails, digital documents, e-books, and social media as their primary means for conducting business and personal … Continue reading

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Ellicott City Floods – The Need to be Proactive

Many of us want to know what we can do to help our neighbors in Ellicott City. We feel a strong need to react to this incident. I am sure there are some short term things that could help reduce … Continue reading

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The Anthropocene merger of ecology, economics, and politics can no longer be ignored.

Jedediah Purdy’s essay in AEON may be challenging bedtime literature but it’s worth reading, and rereading, if you want a more holistic view of our current planetary predicament. I find his conclusions to be a theoretical exploration if not a … Continue reading

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Signs of Summer

The fireflies are in full mating season flashing their unique signals trying to attract just the right partner for the evening. My uncle once told me that he courted his wife while trying to figure out the details of these … Continue reading

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Michael Meade Inspires Columbia

Author, storyteller, and philosopher Michael Meade was in town this week and spoke/performed to a packed house at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center. It was a challenging and inspiring evening, and at the end he received a standing ovation. We are so … Continue reading

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Aggressive Bicyclist Backlash

This morning I found myself with a few free moments to spare so I went for a walk to let my morning activities settle into place. The path I chose had recently been widened to accommodate an increasing number of … Continue reading

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Saving the Places we Love – Campaign Update

  We all dream of making the world better.  But what can any one person do that will actually make a difference? That is the central question that my books (Saving the Places We Love and The Chesapeake Watershed) try … Continue reading

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Road Salt as a Water Quality Issue

This summary was written by Mark Southerland for the Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board. We are all familiar with the use of road salt to melt ice and snow from paved roadways in the winter. There are a variety of … Continue reading

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The River that Caught Fire, 1969 and Today

Excerpted  from Saving the Place We Love. One of the most famous American rivers, from an environmental perspective, is the Cuyahoga, which flows through Akron and Cleveland, Ohio, and

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