Other Journalism

After several rejections, my first published piece of opinion journalism was a 1996 satire on the bureaucracy associated with statewide transportation development, published by Journal Inquirer in Manchester, CT.  Since then, and before I became a Courant  columnist, I  contributed opinions and essays to a variety of newspapers, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Providence Journal, the New London Day.  Essays published by the Hartford Courant are listed separately.

Complete list from November 18, 1996 to September 2, 2011.  All are solo-authored unless indicated otherwise.

Geology Professor Takes on Settler’s Rock (on the origin of Settler’s Rock, Block Island). Block Island Times, August 24, 2011, p. 13.

A State By Geological Consent (on the origin of Connecticut). Hartford Courant, March 22, 2009, p, C5.

Holding Nature in Trust (On the necessity of land trusts) Hartford Courant, May 6, 2007, p. C4.

Selfish Dog Owner Ruins a Rhode Island Beach (on unleashed dogs and public use of nature).The Providence Journal, January 13, 2007.

Strip Mining History (on mining and thievery of abandoned stone walls), New York Times, October, 8, 2006.

Legacy of Stone (on conserving stone walls). Boston Globe, Wednesday, January 1, 2003, p. A15.

Warming up the Northwest Passage (on global climate change). The Providence Journal, Monday, December 30, 2002, p. A8.

Tragedy of the Commons: Selling off New England’s stone walls (on conserving stone walls). The Providence Journal, Wednesday, November 27, 2002, p. 4

Something there is that loves a wall (Comment on excerpts on the release of my book, Stone By Stone). Willimantic Chronicle, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002.

The Perfect Flood?(On the public sense of threat). National Public Radio News (WNPR) News Highlight, electronically published/archived at http://news.wnpr.org/xpr/feature.jhtml. p 1-4. May, 2001.

Maple Trees may flee to avoid warming. The Providence Journal, March 12, 2001, p. A10.

Hold the Fort! (on the failed Fort Trumbull development).The New London Day, Sunday, December 31, 2000, p. C1.

Forty Years on Plato’s Highway (satire on the failed Route 6 expressway from Windham to Boulton). Manchester Journal Inquirer, November 18, 1996, p. 19-20.




Walden’s Sense of PlaceCountry Magazine,scheduled for September, 2018.

Rock OnUConn Magazine, (online and print) and UCONN Today, online only, May, 2016, (This article is about former UCONN President Homer Babbidge, Jr., and his love for New England’s historic stone walls.)

Loving Lakes to Death,” Natural History, July/August 2009, p. 48.

A Revolutionary Wall.” Special Places: Quarterly Magazine of the Trustees of Reservations, 2009, v. 17, No. 3, p. 12-13.

The Stone Walls of Hill-Stead,  Hill-Stead Plant Book: Beatrix Farrand’s Sunken Garden. Copyright 2009 by Hill-Stead Museum, Paula Brisco, Ed., p. 29-30, ISBN 978-0-974445-6-9.


The Spirit of Kettle Lakes.  LakeLine V. 30, No. 1, Spring 2010, p. 19-22.

Did Thoreau Have Aspergers Syndrome?  Thoreau Society Bulletin, 262, Spring 2009, p. 9-10.

Meet the Lakes of the Northeast,  Lakeline 27 (4): 25-29, 2008, by Samagugla, Amy P., Robert M. Thorson, and Neil Kamman. 2008,  ”

A Mammoth Fascination with Proboscideans, Cross Paths (Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center), v. 9, Issue 2, Summer, 2006, p. 6-7.

Stone Walls Disappearing,  Connecticut Woodlands: The Magazine of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, v. 69, No. 4, Winter, 2005.

Preserving Stone Walls,  Connecticut Preservation News, Vol. XXV, No. 5, Sept/Oct 2002, p. 11 and 16.

The Perfect Flood? (On the public sense of threat). National Public Radio News (WNPR) News Highlight, electronically published/archived at http://news.wnpr.org/xpr/feature.jhtml. p 1-4. May, 2001.

Jailhouse Rock, GSA Today (Geological Society of America’s monthly magazine), Volume 14, No. 9, p. 30, 2004


Photo:  Bird tracks in cement in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA.