Those year end reflections…

I've been slurping up the "best trash cans of 2017" stories that most media organs pump out this time of year. Why? So I can muse about 2017 without thinking too much about reality in America. You haven't seen "Greatest Hits of the 115th Congress," have you? As indulgent as they may seem, this NYT…

Holiday Goodies

A Merry Christmas to All Here's a few treats for you to make the Season bright.  Enjoy this beautifully told tale of friendship, gifts and shared holidays: My Christmas message at Clearwell's blog bears repeating here, if you can forgive the pun. Please watch this sweetly beautiful animated tale of Bear & Hare, dear friends who have…

Miraculous Sounds of Spring

If you heard this sound, would you think it was? click to play audio At first listen, you might think you were hearing something like this: click to play audio That's a sound it's good to hear in the woods these days. The mid-Atlantic winter has been hard on us, and the singing of frogs…

Universe, Part 3: A Bearable Vastness

Part 3 Lately I've heard a number of interviews with Natalie Batahla, planetary astronomer and poet. She works with NASA's Kepler Mission,  a search for earthlike planets. Natalie has a beautiful optimism about the ability of science  to reveal mysteries and nourish the human mind. "I have a great reverence for the mysteries of the cosmos...…