Driftless Dark Skies: Solstice Sunrise & Sunset

Dawn and dusk on December 21st are excellent times to mark our passage from autumn to winter. Winter solstice is the moment when Earth’s axis is pointed directly away from the sun.  Here in the Driftless Area of the northern hemisphere, the sun rises and sets at its...

Driftless Dark Skies: Night Reading

When clouds get in the way of enjoying the starry skies of the Driftless, there are plenty of great astronomy books. Here are some of my favorites. The Stars: A New Way to See Them and Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey. These were written in the 1950s and were my...

Driftless Dark Skies: Preserving the Night

I am happy to be celebrating four years of writing for The Voice and encouraging folks to go outside at night, look up, and be awed by the view of our home in the Solar System, Milky Way, and Cosmos. Unfortunately, we are losing what we love. Our artificial lights are...

Driftless Dark Skies: Fire in the Sky

In the summer of his 27th year, John Denver was camping above the tree line outside Aspen CO when he was awed by the sight of Perseid meteors streaking across the sky. The experience inspired him to write “Rocky Mountain High”: “I’ve seen it rainin’ fire...

Rivers show us patience

I’m late for a meeting.  The car in front of me travels slowly, cautiously navigating every curve of the road along the Kickapoo River. I consider passing, yet the double yellow line offers a constant companion to travelers of Highway 131, where sight lines disappear...