Effigy mounds in the shapes of animals at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

I was sitting in my cubicle at the Upper Mississippi River Research Laboratory when my daughter called. I was surprised to hear from my college student and soon could tell she was very upset. “They have flown planes into big buildings in New York, Mom. It just happened.”

“They what??”…

My friend and I were texting today, but she then called me because it is so much more efficient than texting. It’s a marvelous, much guarded secret that we over 50 keep up our sleeves — pick up the phone and call someone.

I decided to go through a drawer…

All of my dogs have been rescues, and I knew the very first night that Pluto was going to be a pain in the ass and likely the finest dog I have ever lived with.

I picked him up from a rural humane society across the state, near where I…

John--I agree with your analysis.

Republicans are a death cult. They want to end democracy.

This is what keeps me up at night. We have an extremely short window of time to try to get out ahead of their gruesome agenda.

I'm old. I won't be around to see the worst of it, but my heart breaks for my children and grandchildren. And my beloved planet.

McCarthy Conservation County Park. Photo by Madelon Wise.

I had just come home from a hike with my dog on January 7.

I hopped on Twitter to say Hi and a friend sent me a DM saying, “Get a live stream going and watch them certify the votes now.”

So I turned on ABC News (The news source…

Photo by Madelon Wise

I keep writing articles and then taking them down.

That would be why you see a title, a photo, and nothing else.

I can’t find my voice. I’m not sure what I want this to say. I don’t know what the emphasis of this account should be.

The first post…

Madelon Wise

Gardening grandma riddled with radical biophilia in the nice Midwest. Animism. Permaculture. Social Justice. Beauty. Dogs. Photography.

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