March/April 2015


Beehive Huts

Dingle Peninsula, Ireland 
 Little stone domes 
no matrix, no glue, 
monk-built, by crevice 
and heft, taut little 
sheep fold, where men sat 
in their sheep clothes, 
with wooly tongues, Continue reading


Passport to Cuba

Cuba is a small country, yet it is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea. In square miles, including the many keys and islets that dot its coastline, it is just a bit larger than Tennessee. Continue reading

Lay of the Land

Back to the Land

Not far from Austin, a dirt road winds through patches of bluestem, spiked mesquite, and twisted live oaks on the working Freeman ranch, owned by Texas State University. Continue reading


Defending Darwin

I’m often asked what I do for a living. My answer, that I am a professor at the University of Kentucky, inevitably prompts a second question: “What do you teach?” Continue reading


City Beautiful

When we say infrastructure, we’re talking not just about bridges, freeways, and sewer lines but the entire suite of townscape and buildings that makes up the human habitat. Continue reading