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Living by the sword

Living by the sword

Swordfighting has woken me up to the joy of battle like no sport has ever done. It has given me valuable training in courage — a virtue you don’t hear about nearly often enough, especially in the context of women-people.

All together now

All together now

A little over a week ago, grubby politics brought an abrupt end to a hard-fought environmental treaty, many years in the making. Scientists advised and citizens pleaded, but to no avail: One rogue government simply walked away from the negotiations, and that was that. I’m talking about New Jersey, of course.

Mapping the Catskills

Mapping the Catskills

The Catskill Mountains are crisscrossed with political and cultural lines that meander across the landscape like so many invisible trout streams, carving the landscape into more tame and manageable pieces. The result of all this slicing and dicing is that little attention gets paid to the Catskills as a whole, either by its own residents or by the larger powers that be.