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Just as a neighbor and I began talking seriously about putting up a bat house to attract these amazing mosquito-eating creatures to our mosquito-infested backyards, we learn that, like the honey bee, the bat is in trouble. It may not be for the same reason(s), but it’s disturbing nonetheless: “This is the worst crisis I’ve […]

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And now—you be the photo editor (click to enlarge): Yes, it’s pathetic. I take pictures of a dandelion instead of commenting on Virginia Tech, Alberto Gonzales, or Iraq. So it goes. Adios, KV. Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At […]

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Robin No. 1: What day is it? Robin No. 2: Saturday. Robin No. 1: No, I mean what’s the date? Robin No. 2: April 7, in the Gregorian calendar, the most widely used calendar in the world. A modification of the Julian calendar, it was first proposed by the Calabrian doctor Aloysius Lilius, and was […]

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Hot on the heels of a widely slammed article about global warming, William Broad of the New York Times wisely took on a cooler subject yesterday: big snowflakes. Hey, wasn’t I just talking about that? Someone’s been reading my mail blog. Broad writes about credible reports of snowflakes the size of frisbees and how this […]

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After the recent political rants, it’s time to cleanse the mental palate with a bit of photographic sherbet: A pleasant memory of our February snows—in particular, the huge flakes on the 25th that fell straight down through the absolutely still air. The way the snow built up on the twigs of the dogwood almost defied […]

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Now that things have settled down a bit, I thought I’d post a few photos from our recent trip to Boston. We found time to poke around Concord and, specifically, Walden Pond. Here’s Laura foraging for stones to bring back for friends (I got one from a different section of the shore—it sits on my […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman