Ferns, Spirals, and Memories

I might have once thought of spring as one of four equal seasons, that quarter of the year in which green becomes reintroduced to the palette. Indeed our classifications are rather elementary. March 19 to June 20, an incidental progression of warming and elongating days. The tree in the illustrated classroom diagram sheds its boughs …

Breathing Space

As a geographer, I am constantly noticing patterns in the world around me. The sprawl of lichen across rocks, the weaving of water through valleys, the unfurling of greenery in the springtime: all of these things fascinate me to no end. My ability to observe these patterns, however, depends on the preexistence of bodily patterns. …

External Control

One of my favorite things about kayaking is the chance it provides to watch the patterns on the surface of the water. After pulling the paddle out from beneath the surface, streams of water sometimes drip off the end, colliding with the surface of the lake or river. These droplets leave behind ripples which expand …

One in a Google

I’ve always been fascinated by old maps. As I look at these sepia illustrations of barely-explored continents, cartoonish mountain ranges, and antiquarian fonts, I try to imagine how people back then viewed them. Did they see these impressionistic sketches as literal representations of the planet? They seem to differ so much from our maps today …

Stickers

Often times at work, my responsibilities include cutting up fruits and vegetables. Before I do this, I’ll have to sort through the selection and peel off stickers from them. It’s a weird little necessary action that always seems strange to me. As I’m sorting through cucumbers or tomatoes or lemons making a little stack of …