Archive for the 'Nature' Category

Because He Was Himself

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

When a cat begins to lose his fur, it is a very humiliating and terrible thing. He looked and felt so forlorn that he lost all appetite. And about this time it occurred to him that his housekeepers might give notice, that if he became a permanent invalid, they would no longer care to look […]

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In Memory of Snow

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Taken last year at Yosemite… This year we are not going to the snow. There are some resorts open that are making artificial snow, and a few high peaks may have snow left from last year. But there has been no snow this season. None anywhere. Look up at the miracle of the falling snow,—the […]

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The Whale

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

We have watched this movie several times. I am moved each time. If the video doesn’t work, see here. Read about Luna at the website. The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity. –George Bernard Shaw

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Coloured State of Grace

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Taken spring 2013 at my parents’ garden in Syracuse, New York. Shut your eyes, wait, think of nothing. Now, open them … one sees nothing but a great coloured undulation. What then? An irradiation and glory of colour. This is what a picture should give us … an abyss in which the eye is lost, […]

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Some Things Dinosaur

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Claire’s class sends home book biweekly. Students are to read it and make a project to show and tell to the class. This week was Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton. She wanted to make fossils, and so we dug up some toys, mixed salt dough, and made some. Dinosaurs are a beloved topic […]

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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Light did spread from corner to corner like a blanket above her. But it also touched in and out of tall trees like a thread. Day was sharp, but the shadows were soft, and she liked the way they curved around into night. There was a strange moistness to the air, a little like tears, […]

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Make Room

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

If the embed doesn’t work, watch here. Silence

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Photo Journeys

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

You could get lost in these: Humans of New York Disappearing Places 52 Most Breathtaking Photos of 2013 Chilling Pictures from Willard Asylum Creepy Abandoned Theme Parks The 50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever Most Amazing Photos of Earth NASA Took This Year Most Haunting Abandoned Places on Earth

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Fine Lines

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The line between magical thinking and metaphor is razor thin. Walking to school this morning, Claire asked why we say frost was created by Jack Frost. I replied that before people understood the science behind it, we made up stories, and that humans like to give personalities to nature. She then stated, “I don’t believe […]

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Climate Change

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I know a lot of people who think global warming is a liberal myth and a conspiracy theory. (Makes you wonder who I’ve been keeping company with, eh?) The reasoning they use is that if it’s cold somewhere, then global warming is a fallacy. It’s an unsophisticated view of the complex weather systems created by […]

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