Morphology of Mind: Gorges

Gorge (noun) - a narrow valley between hills or mountains, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it There are gorges in the desert. I’ve stood in one, on a gravelly riverbed that had been dry for a decade, and looked up at the curvilinear canyon walls chiseled by forgotten water. Motions …

Connected through the Clouds

It is late July. I’m driving south on the 219 expressway in Western New York. The clouds today are a casual cumulus, the lazy, puffy, summery kind. Flat-bottomed, billowy, and far enough apart so that the day remains sunny as a whole. They’re the kind of clouds whose size you can infer by the shapes …

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 …