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    Archive for the "Nature" Category

    I am impressed with existence lately

    His Orangeness surveys the killing floor Neil deGrasse Tyson, in this recent CBS video, is asked if he believes in God. He says, among other things, The more I look at the universe, the less convinced I am that there is something benevolent going on… I look at disasters that afflict Earth, and life on Earth: […]

    Waiting on a tree

    The sassafras at Agnes Scott took no time to ID — no other North American tree looks or smells anything like it I’ve been learning to identify trees lately. More than once it has reminded me of my first year in college. I attended a tiny school in the southern Blue Ridge. There I spent […]

    Brown snakes, gastropods, and the very present darkness

    WE MOVED INTO our present house in mid-2015. Whoever landscaped the place really had a thing for rocks. There may be excellent reasons to have rocks everywhere but sometimes they get in the way, especially during the annual mowing of the monkey grass. We have one bed that contains about a dozen rocks, each the size […]

    Pilgrim at Peachtree Creek

    The South Fork of Peachtree Creek at the crossing near the Old Decatur Water Works Some books wait for you to be ready for them, then they call. Elizabeth and I were married in the summer of 1991. When she moved into my apartment in Durham she brought a paperback of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker […]

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