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The first peeps of spring

Tweet It happens gradually, of course, so there is no bright line that marks the beginning of the new year.  Crocuses come up through the snow sometimes, long before anyone else would say it is spring.  Daffodils are in full … Continue reading

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Friday poetry 5: The Sycamore

Tweet [Editor’s note: This past weekend, driving home from the mountains of West Virginia, I saw groves of sycamores lining the river bottoms and along the creeks running down the hollows.  This poem, by one of the great American poets and … Continue reading

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The new flight from Eden

Tweet Fresh air, wildlife, purple mountains’ majesty.  This country’s national parks have long been considered a jewel in the crown of American democracy — all accessible to anyone for a nominal charge or even for free.  And ever since ol’ Teddy … Continue reading

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Irie

Tweet [Editor’s note: Spent the last week in Jamaica, stalking the elusive social shrimp for an ongoing biogeographic study supported by the National Geographic Society.  “Irie” is a Jamaican, and more specifically Rastafarian, general purpose word that is said to … Continue reading

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Ode to the endangered . . . house sparrow(?)

Tweet The BBC reports that a new list of British species in need of protection includes . . . house sparrows. The news comes from the UK’s new Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP), the result of more than two years of research by … Continue reading

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Ocean Soul

Tweet [In recognition of World Ocean Day today, and the inaugural Carnival of the Blue: a journal entry from March 2004, Carrie Bow Cay, on the Belize Barrier Reef] Sitting in the soft sand behind the back reef, waiting for the … Continue reading

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The Nature of Patriotism

Tweet Ladies and gentlemen, we live in troubled times.  Everyone seems to agree on that, even if opinions differ widely on the source of the troubles.  Terrorism, extremist ideologies, a looming energy crisis, environmental degradation, the likes of Paris Hilton … Continue reading

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