Getting Warmer


My family was hiking in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons this summer when we came upon a grizzly bear just a few feet off the trail. Of course, we had seen the signs posted all over the park: “You are entering bear country. Proceed at your own risk.” Still, even as you’re staring at the big bear hump that tells you yes, that is a grizzly, another part of your brain is insisting, “Nah, can’t be.” And that’s good, because it’s that little dash of...

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Melinda Henneberger, a Commonweal columnist, is the former editor-in-chief of