Uncertain Teaching

For the first half of my first semester as a teaching librarian, the professionally-developed tools of information literacy gave me confidence in tackling the question of ‘information quality.’ But somewhere in the mid-term, I could hear myself stalling out as I provided my second-hand advice.

“Uprooting a Renter’s Garden” now available in Edge Effects

This image of uprooting is an image of death’s excess. The uprooted tree becomes too: too heavy to lift, too big to move away in one piece, too messy to leave in place, too old to be re-planted, too visually chaotic to be accepted by the homeowners association as “landscape.” Perhaps pulled down by a mudslide or storm winds, the tree is full of green leaves and is not yet dead, but thinking of it as living disturbs us. If we watch it lying perpendicular on the ground, we realize how difficult it is to know when death comes to plants. How will we know when death comes to the tree, to ourselves?

Plants: A Proposal

Why don’t you plant trees where your building once stood, so passing children can climb high in their branches and imagine themselves owls – green, red, blue – sparkling as they peer down at