Here's the link to "Solstalgia," my essay about climate change in eastern Nebraska, which was just published in the current issue of ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment). This is one of two nature essays that will be included in Like Salt or Love.
"On an unseasonably warm and foggy December day, I drove from my home in Lincoln to Omaha, where Bill McKibben would be speaking that evening at the Joslyn Art Museum. I knew that McKibben, whose 1989 book, The End of Nature, was one of the first written about global climate change, would present information that I would find disturbing, inspiring, and very compelling. I arrived several hours before his address, so I could spend the afternoon hiking with a friend at the Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, about 10 miles north of Omaha. Ever since I discovered the refuge and the restored side channel of the Missouri River six years earlier, it had been one of my favorite places to hike. Walking along beside the curving chute while listening to the swiftly flowing water and watching for bald eagles roosting in the cottonwoods seemed like a bracing yet comforting way to spend the afternoon before McKibben's talk."