Bamboo seems like such a good idea when you first plant it. A bamboo grove is beautiful and mysterious, and an individual cane seems innocent enough. Don’t let that fool you. Bamboo is intent on world domination. It is patient, and cunning. It senses exactly where it can be the greatest nuisance, and then develops … More Pretzel Logic
Hands up, anyone whose opinion has been changed by being slammed, punked, embarrassed, humiliated or publicly shamed on social media. I’ll wait… Right. None of us, with the possible exception of those abject apologies coerced from public figures attempting to rescue their peer-dependent careers. So, what purpose does it serve when we post derogatory things … More The Case for Civility, Midterm Version
“And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.” Leviticus 13:45 KJV She had a cough that lingered. It wasn’t unlike the “grunge” that often plagues our area during the winter months, … More Unclean! Unclean!
I began beekeeping with my dad at age 15. At that age, indeed at any age, a rebellious or irresponsible nature benefits from any lesson which teaches there are consequences for our actions, and there are immediate consequences from any action with honeybees. If you hurry while working with them, bees protest. If you get … More Bee the Mystery
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!” Nothing beside remains round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, The lone and level sands stretch far away.” Shelley’s poem gives us a stark image of hubris, laid low by the inexorable passage of time. History abounds … More The Heirs of Ozymandias
Politics contaminates anything it touches, and it gropes the truth unashamedly. Truth is always the first casualty of war, and it may be too late for an objective view on this war in Ukraine. For several weeks we’ve been saturated by the usual. War is evil. Look at the carnage. Hate the enemy. Here’s the … More Another Hornets’ Nest
“Holodomor” is a combination of Ukranian words meaning roughly to inflict death by starvation. This is how Ukrainians remember Joseph Stalin, who starved and relocated millions of people in Ukraine during the 1930’s in order to consolidate power. The relationship between the peoples of Russia and Ukraine is complicated, with a history of conflict that … More Unwelcome Irony
Bonnie and Babu, forever known as “The Puppies,” joined our family 13 years ago on Valentine’s Day. Two energetic and dangerously cute little balls of puppy fur were the perfect therapy for the gray and leaden days that followed the passing of my mother, just a week prior. Babu’s story has been told here. Bonnie’s … More Off You Go
Being celebrity illiterate, I’ve never listened to Joe Rogan. I had to look him up on Wikipedia for context on the latest left and right virtue signal playground fight involving Joe and some other celebrities. I prefer to remain more or less culturally illiterate when it comes to celebrity. That, and my general lack of … More Mixed Signals
I was thinking about pruning our blueberries this morning. Whenever I look at that patch, grown to multiples of its original size, I think of my old friend, Merle, who gave me some of the first sprouts. Merle was in his late seventies when we met. He was possessed of a vigor which refused to … More What Box?