Items by David Oates

Northward
Northward
The unexpected loveliness of the song of the varied thrush reminds the author that the birds are on the move, driven by climate change.
Six Good Places
David Oates ranges from the Sierra Nevada to Aix-en-Provence as he considers the particular qualities that make a place worth living in.
Imagine
A teacher asks his students and the rest of us to imagine: What would the world be like if we had the courage to use our imaginations?
What we love will save us
We are all, too much of the time, captives of the wreck and the mistake. Can’t take our eyes off it, can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop picking that scab. We slide into our merely negative identity — defined by what we refuse...
Denial grips the Republican fringe
The writer says radical extremists are skewing the values of the Republican Party
Empty pods and pleasant graveyards
In today’s surrealistic world, where language exists only to sell things, barren desert suburbs have names like "Lake Forest" and "WillowDale," while a graveyard is called "Pleasant Valley Cemetery."
Nature is not a club to bash people with
The writer says he’s a nature writer who’s gay and that’s no big deal