Chasing Tornadoes

Indederminacy and the Sublime in Nature

Walt McLaughlin
6 min readAug 26, 2023

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Photo by Nikolas Noonan on Unsplash

Smart people head for the basement when the tornado warning comes — whenever the threat is imminent. That’s what my mother always did, ushering my siblings and me down there to crouch against the wall and listen to the radio until the all-clear report came.

I lingered upstairs once, hoping for a glimpse out the window of that menacing force…

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Walt McLaughlin

Philosopher of wildness, writing about the divine in nature, being human, and backcountry excursions.